PRIMATE SENSORY ECOLOGY PROGRAM
Research assistants on this project will use feeding experiments to test the reliance of saddleback (Leontocebus weddelli) and emperor (Saguinus imperator) tamarins on vision, olfaction, and taste in the wild.
Tamarins are a particularly special subset in which to examine the role of vision because they display a sex-biased variation in trichromatic, or color, vision. In this project, we also explore sensory ecology in relation to a variety of stimuli, such as familiar/unfamiliar alarm calls, urine, or scent-gland compounds. Participants will learn how to design and conduct the experiments, record behavioral data, and perform basic data analysis in the field.
All of this work is sanctioned by the Amazon Conservation Association, the Animal Care Committee of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Peru.
PROGRAM DATES FOR 2017
Session one: June 16th =96 July 8th
Session two: June 30th =96 July 22nd
April 17, 2017, or until all program openings are full
$1350 for the minimum 3-week session; RAs may stay longer at a rate of $450 each additional week (includes all lodging and food, as well as transportation from Puerto Maldonado to the field station and back).
While we currently do not offer any scholarships for these programs, we do provide an optional peer-to-peer crowd funding platform that can significantly reduce costs.
Field Projects International is a 501(c)(3) organization chartered to conduct field biology research and provide tropical ecology education.