Fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon

George Olah received a grant from Innóvate Perú of the Peruvian Government co-financed with Rainforest Expeditions, for promoting innovation and science communication in Tambopata. Thanks to this grant, we were able to invite several colleagues to Tambopata, including researcher, veterinarians, and wildlife photographers. With Wildlife Messengers we accompanied them to the field and made some short video interviews, presenting their research interest and fieldwork.

At Wildlife Messengers, we assembled these videos into an online documentary mini-series called Fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon.


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Macaws | George Olah

Dr George Olah talks about macaw research in Tambopata, Peru, and the novel techniques they are using from genetics to drones. George has been actively involved in macaw research in the Tambopata/Candamo region since 2008, in collaboration with The Macaw Society (previously Tambopata Macaw Project).

Millipedes | Zoltán Korsós

Dr Zoltán Korsós talks about millipedes around the Tambopata Research Center. Zoltán is a renowned zoologist and millipede expert worldwide. During his visit to Tambopata in 2015, he discovered at least 3 new millipede species to science.

Insects | Aaron Pomerantz

Dr Aaron Pomerantz spent two years as a Field Biologist at the Tambopata Research Center (TRC). During that time, Aaron has been involved in numerous science communication efforts and received grant funding from the National Geographic Society to apply novel technology to fieldwork, such as origami-based microscopes and handheld gene sequencers. In this video, Aaron talks about his time in TRC, investigating the Arthropods biodiversity in the Tambopata National Reserve.

Peccary | Paloma Alcazar

Dr Paloma Alcazar is a veterinarian studying the health of peccaries in Peru and Costa Rica. Paloma has a special commitment to use her veterinary skills to improve human-wildlife relationships. She is strongly interested on the ecological aspects of health, the prevention of disease transmission between humans and domestic animals to wildlife, the effects of urbanization on wildlife populations, and the integration of more veterinary students on wildlife research.

Trees, Saplings and Seeds | Varun Swamy

Dr Varun Swamy is an ecologist studying tree generations in the Peruvian Amazon. He is a Research Fellow at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Since 2003, he has conducted field-based research in the lowland Amazon rainforests of the Madre de Dios River in southeastern Peru. His research examines the role of plant-animal interactions in the regeneration dynamics of tree communities, and the long-term impacts of hunting-induced local extinctions of native animals on forest diversity, composition and structure.

Wildlife Photography | Jeff Cremer

Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer talks about his work in the Peruvian Amazon, and the stories behind his best-known wildlife photos taken in Tambopata.

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