Program

Research and Internships

Want to do research in the tropics but don't know where to start?

We provide you with the training, logistics and technical advice so you can be confident investigating what you are most passionate about: flora, fauna, ecology, agro-forestry and more!

Students have joined us from various institutions around the world!

Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS) CZECH REPUBLIC

Deakin University AUSTRALIA

HAS Hogeschool NETHERLANDS

Kent University UNITED KINGDOM

School of International Training (SIT) USA

Universidad San Francisco de Quito ECUADOR

Universitat de Girona SPAIN

University of British Columbia (UBC) CANADA

 Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences NETHERLANDS

ONGOING PROJECTS

ECUADORIAN CAPUCHIN

(Cebus aequatorialis)

Researcher

Alejandro Rubio M.

This research is carried out in La Hesperia Cloud Forest Reserve, and is an attempt to record the daily activities and social behaviors of the Ecuadorian capuchin monkey (Cebus aequatorialis) sub-populations that inhabit this cloud forest.

This project began in August 2017 as part of the final Master’s work carried out by researcher Alejandro Rubio, which ended in January 2018. However, the information produced in the dissertation generated more questions than answers which motivated us to continue with this research for longer.

Ecological Status

Threatened by high deforestation index due to agriculture frontier expansion and lack of governmental protection

Supporters

La Hesperia Cloud Forest Reserve
Universitat de Girona SPAIN

Skills involved

Data Collection & Analysis

Demographics and feeding habits information

Geo-Referencing

Location of foraging areas and key plant individuals

Seed Collection

Start a germplasm bank with plant species used by monekys and useful for the locals' consumption

CLIMATIC CONDITION’S RECORDING

Program Coordinator

Alexandra Hoeneisen

In our efforts to support climate change awareness, we want to provide data (otherwise unavailable data) from the cloud forest at the south-west of Quito as a baseline to which we can compare the impacts of our region’s actions.

At the moment we are collecting average temperature and relative humidity data from the lowest elevation site of La Hesperia Cloud Forest Reserve.

We are hoping to transition to remote monitoring and data collection to obtain information from the less accessible forest types found in the reserve.

Importance

Since cloud forests are highly sensitive to climatic changes, they are a great indicators for early climate change effects detection.

Collaborator

La Hesperia Cloud Forest Reserve

Study Site Characteristics

Altitude

1400 meters over sea level

Forest Type

Pre-montane Evergreen and Low Montane

Seasons

Dry: June to November
Wet: December to May

Past projects

MACRO-FUNGI

"Effect of elevation on the composition of the macrofungi community in the Andean Cloud Forest in Ecuador."
Claudia Hertzer, 2019

WATER QUALITY & MACRO-INVERTEBRATES

"Water quality of neotropical mountain streams in the Ecuadorian Andes. The effect of precipitation, fine sediment, ph and temperature on macro invertebrate abundance & richness."
Ingmar Rondeel, 2019

ECUADORIAN CAPUCHIN DEMOGRAPHICS

Demographics, daily activities and social behavior of the Ecuadorian capuchin monkey (Cebus aequatorialis), a critically endangered primate, in La Hesperia Cloud Forest Reserve, Pichincha Ecuador.
Master's Thesis Alejandro Rubio, 2019

LIST OF BIRDS

Inventory of the bird species that can be found at La Hesperia Cloud Forest Reserve.
2019

REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS

"Species diversity in Pre-montane Evergreen, Low Montane and High Montane (cloud) Forest in La Hesperia Cloud Forest Reserve, Ecuador."
David Brower, 2018

LIST OF BUTTERFLIES

Inventory and guide of the most common butterflies found at La Hesperia Cloud Forest Reserve.
2018

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