Two graduate student research awards, worth US $7500 each, for study at the Cocha Cashu Biological Station!

What is the opportunity?

We’re looking to promote the next generation of conservation scientists and tropical ecologists and you could be the key to our future. And we want to help. San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) and the Cocha Cashu Biological Station (CCBS) announce a competition for bright, motivated graduate students to come to our field station to conduct research, all expenses paid.

Are you currently enrolled in a graduate program (doctoral students preferred) and interested in figuring out how Amazonian ecosystems work and how they can be conserved? Then you are a viable candidate. All research topics will be considered, but preference will be given to those most closely aligned with our vision for the Station (learn about us at http://cochacashu.sandiegozooglobal.org/). We are especially interested in research projects that will help address some of the big problems facing conservation in Manu National Park and Amazonian ecosystems generally, or capitalize on unique opportunities at the Station to move forward the field of tropical ecology. Examples of research topics we seek to promote include (1) those addressing climate change, (2) target species identified in Manu National Park monitoring plans, (4) species that have a disproportionate impact on ecosystem maintenance (e.g., “keystone” species), and (5) any research question that has real value for conservation. However, any research question that meets our general goals will be given equal consideration.

What is Cocha Cashu? The Cocha Cashu Biological Station (CCBS) is a tropical ecology field station of international renown and importance for understanding and preserving biodiversity. It is located within Manu National Park in southeastern Peru. As a biodiversity repository, the Manu Biosphere Reserve stands without peer, encompassing the entire Manu River watershed from the Andes Mountains to the lowland Amazonian rainforest—almost 6,000 square miles. SDZG has managed the Station since 2011.

What expenses are covered?

  • Full international airfare round trip to Cuzco, Peru
  • Vehicular and boat transportation, accommodation and food in transit to Station
  • Food and accommodation costs in Cuzco for planning with Cuzco-based staff and making purchases and other logistical arrangements for research
  • Station fees and meals at station for 3 months
  • Research mentorship by our scientists
  • Field assistance provided by Station staff, local indigenous people or Peruvian students and young scientists
  • Limited basic field supplies
  • Total value = U.S. $7,500 each (two grants are available)
  • Other research expenses, including most equipment, must be covered by the applicant.

The funding for this graduate student program comes from a generous donation from the Wallace Research Foundation.

When

Research at the Station must commence before July 2016. Projects commencing before December 2015 will be given preferential consideration.

What are you expected to do?

You will travel to one of the most remote places on Earth, several days’ journey from civilization (and medical care). You will live in the Amazonian rainforest, sleep in a tent, and enjoy the company of some of the top tropical ecologists from the past, present and future. You will conduct research for three months on your proposed research topic. You will write blogs or engage in other forms of outreach and education to media and local audiences. You will provide a brief report summarizing your research findings and their relevance to conservation. You will never forget this experience and you will never be the same person again (we hope).

Why are we doing this?

Field ecology, especially in the tropics, is declining in academia due to the high costs and long-term nature of field ecology and changing emphases. Boots-on-the-ground ecology is at risk, which will have important ramifications for future generations of ecologists. A new generation of trained biologists is urgently needed to study ecological processes in nature and apply lessons learned to conservation action. If today’s graduate students do not gain this important experience, where will the next generation of conservation professionals and ecologists come from? Our intent is to address this problem and, hopefully, to catalyze new, innovative research programs at Cashu well into the future.

Requirements for applicants:

  • Enrolled in a graduate program (Ph.D. preferred)
  • Significant experience conducting ecological research
  • Mastery of fundamentals of scientific hypothesis-testing and methodology
  • Good communication and inter-personal skills
  • Spanish fluency preferred
  • Excellent health and experience living under rigorous field conditions
  • A strong research proposal

Before you apply: please visit our website (http://cochacashu.sandiegozooglobal.org/) and read the materials there to make sure that you and Cocha Cashu are a good fit. It is a magical place but it is not for everyone.

To apply: Send an email to Cochacashu@sandiegozoo.org. Send a full CV, a research proposal, and a 1-page Statement of Interest detailing why you would like this award, what talents and skills you bring, and how this experience will facilitate your career. The research proposal should be no more than 4 pages, should (1) introduce the reader to the background to your research, (2) state the hypotheses being tested, (3) summarize the methods utilized, (4) discuss the question’s relevance to conservation and the goals of CCBS, and (5) state the expected outcomes. Proposals will be evaluated with regard to conservation relevance, scientific soundness, innovation, clarity of presentation, and in terms of how well the proposed research will move forward the goals of the Station.

Review of applications will commence on June 30, 2015 and applications submitted before this deadline will be given preferential consideration. However, strong applications received after that date will also be considered until September 1, 2015.

Co-instructor for field ecology course at Cocha Cashu Biological Station Wanted

What: Co-Instructor for the Third Annual Course in Field Techniques and Tropical Ecology

Where: Cocha Cashu Biological Station, Manu National Park, Peru

When: September 1 (arrive a few days earlier)- November 30, 2015

How much: $0, but all travel and living expenses are paid ($5,000 value)

Interested in an all-expense paid 3-month journey to the heart of the Peruvian Amazon? Are you passionate and knowledgeable about tropical field ecology and conservation? Would you enjoy working with a small cadre of motivated Peruvian college students, teaching them the fundamentals of tropical ecological research and conservation? Then we might be looking for you.

We are looking for a highly motivated, capable individual to volunteer as a co-instructor for San Diego Zoo Global-Peru’s annual course in Field Techniques and Tropical Ecology. The following expenses will be covered: air, vehicular, and boat transportation; Station fees; food.

What is Cocha Cashu? The Cocha Cashu Biological Station (CCBS) is a tropical ecology field station of international renown and importance for understanding and preserving biodiversity. It is located within Manu National Park in southeastern Peru. As a biodiversity repository, the Manu Biosphere Reserve stands without peer, encompassing the entire Manu River watershed from the Andes Mountains to the lowland Amazonian rainforest—almost 6,000 square miles. SDZG has managed the Station since 2011.

What am I expected to do? You will travel to one of the most remote places on Earth, several days’ journey from civilization (and medical care). You will live in the Amazonian rainforest, sleep in a tent, and enjoy the company of some of the top tropical ecologists from the past, present and future. You will develop and present in-field lectures on agreed-upon topics related to tropical ecology and scientific methodology. You will mentor students, who will select and implement independent research projects. You will assist them with devising research hypotheses, experimental design, data collection methods, statistical analysis, and interpretation and write-up. You will never forget this experience and you will never be the same person again (we hope).

Requirements for applicants:

  • Master’s or PhD degree (enrolled in PhD, ABD acceptable)
  • Significant experience conducting ecological research in tropical forests
  • Mastery of fundamentals of scientific hypothesis-testing and methodology
  • Experience working in Latin America
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
  • Spanish fluency strongly preferred
  • Experience teaching highly preferred
  • Excellent health and experience living under rigorous field conditions

Before you apply: please visit our website (http://cochacashu.sandiegozooglobal.org/) and read the materials there to make sure that you and Cocha Cashu are a good fit. It is a magical place but it is not for everyone.

To apply: Email Cesar Flores (Director CCBS) cfloresn@sandiegozoo.org and Ron Swaisgood (Director, Applied Animal Ecology, San Diego Institute for Conservation Research) rswaisgood@sandiegozoo.org. Send a full CV and a 1-page Statement of Interest detailing why you would like this position, what talents and skills you bring, and how this experience will facilitate your career.

III Curso Técnicas de Campo y Ecología Tropical en la Estación Biológica Cocha Cashu: Convocatoria 2015

Ya se encuentra abierta la convocatoria para el III Curso Técnicas de Campo y Ecología Tropical en la Estación Biológica Cocha Cashu. Este curso está dirigido a promover los estudiantes más talentosos de universidades peruanas en carreras de biología y afines al manejo y conservación de recursos naturales. Hay diez vacantes para esta edición del curso que se realizará entre el 31 de Agosto y el 4 de Diciembre. La fecha límite para enviar su solicitud de postulación es el lunes 15 de junio del 2015.

Como en las anteriores ediciones, los candidatos aceptados sólo deberán cubrir sus gastos de transporte hasta la ciudad de Cusco y unas dos noches de estadía. Transporte y gastos de estadía entre Cusco y la Estación son cubiertos por los organizadores gracias a la generosa contribución de la Fundación Wallace Research Foundation y el Fondo de Investigación de la Familia Condon.

Para mayor información puede descargar la 1ra Circular Curso Cocha Cashu 2015_esp o comunicarse con nosotros al siguiente correo electrónico: cochacashu@sandiegozoo.org

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Libro bilingüe de educacion para la conservacion para las comunidades Matsigenkas del Parque Nacional del Manu

Recibimos fondos el año pasado de una fundación británica Iris Darnton (Iris Darnton Foundation) a través de la Unidad de Investigación de Conservación de Vida Silvestre (Wildlife Conservation Research Unit) de la Universidad de Oxford, para la creación de un libro bilingüe de educación para la conservación, en matsigenka y español, para las comunidades Matsigenkas dentro y alrededor del Manu. Está dirigido a niños, pero esperamos que sea de interés para todas las edades. Los principales protagonistas son un joven Matsigenka actuando como la voz de su comunidad y un lobo de río como especie bandera del medio ambiente acuático en particular, y del Parque Nacional del Manu en su conjunto. La historia explora los mundos y las perspectivas de cada uno, así como los temas claves de conservación, en un idioma que no juzga y en una forma entretenida y muy visual. El librito ha sido co-escrito por Gregorio Pérez (líder de la comunidad Shipetiari) y Glenn Shepard e ilustrado por un artista de Cusco, Miguel Angel Achahuanco. Incorpora varias fábulas Matsigenkas aportados por Gregorio. 2.000 ejemplares del libro han sido impresos y serán distribuidos entre las familias Matsigenkas en la región Manu a principios de 2015. Pueden descargar una version PDF aqui: Tito intiri Chavaropana.compressed (6.82 MB)

Front and back cover of hard copy

Curso Técnicas de Campo y Ecología Tropical en la Estación Biológica de Cocha Cashu 2014

05 de diciembre

Diez estudiantes peruanos han completado con éxito el curso de tres meses en la Estación y recientemente presentaron los resultados de sus proyectos de investigación individuales al Jefe del Parque, John Florez, y su equipo. Puede encontrar una lista de los proyectos llevados a cabo por los estudiantes aquí: Alumnos Students_TEFT_2014.

Felicitaciones amigos !!

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Curso Técnicas de Campo y Ecología Tropical en la Estación Biológica de Cocha Cashu 2014: Anuncio de los postulantes seleccionados!

Nos complace anunciar a los diez postulantes seleccionados para participar en la presente edición del curso Técnicas de Campo y Ecología Tropical en la Estación Biológica de Cocha Cashu 2014. Una vez más ha sido una tarea difícil para el jurado, la selección en el tramo final debido a las buenas credenciales de los postulantes.  Por esta razón recomendamos a todos quienes no alcanzaron un espacio en este curso que se mantengan en contacto para estar al tanto de nuevas oportunidades de investigación y entrenamiento en la Estación.

Los participantes seleccionados son:

Areli Benito

Brenda Vaccari Paz

Claudia Salaza Ávilar

Emil Rivas Mogollón

Francisco Vásquez Arévalo

Isaú Cabrera Espíritu

Lisset Gómez Martinez

Misael Paz de Noboa Nores

Smilsa Montesinos Robles

Vania Tejeda Gómez

¡Felicitaciones! Esperamos con ansiedad darles la bienvenida en la Estación a principios de Setiembre!

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