Research and Internships
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
Join one or more of our ongoing research projects as a research assistant.
Obtain credits for your university internship, or collect data for your own field research.
Thanks to your donations, 5 cameras have been installed in various areas of the reserve.
Currently, we are in the experimental design and fundraising stages of a long-term study that we hope to begin in 2023. With this study we hope to gain an insight on behavior patterns, diversity and species composition of feline species in the reserve which will inform the municipality’s project: Regeneración del Gran Biocorredor del Puma.
In 2021 we began our investigation with a pilot research project in the La Hesperia with the support of a student from Netherlands. We identified a surprising variety of charismatic species including the cougar (Puma concolor) and the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis). So far, we are able to differentiate among individuals relying only on physical characteristics found in our media. We are excited to see what else could we discover with a deeper study. You can help us get there!
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.
WEATHER & CLIMATE MONITORING
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.
Study Site Characteristics
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!
We also provide a list of organizations that could potentially fund your research.
"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.
LIST OF BUTTERFLIES
Inventory and guide of the most common butterflies found at La Hesperia Cloud Forest Reserve.