|Scientific Research Program|
The main research facility offered by Amazonia Expeditions is the trail grid of the Research Center. With over 50 km of trails laid out in transect lines, the grid is the largest facility in the Amazon for the study of species' population abundance and density. In 2012 camera traps were added to the grid to research the population density of jaguars.
Following are just a few of the more recent and current scientific studies done by scientists visiting Amazonia Expeditions:
John Koprowski, Ph.D. of the University of Arizona and his student Rosa Jessen recently completed a study of behavioral ecology of the rare Amazonian Pygmy Squirrel. Squirrels are considered to be important indicators of forest health world-wide. Several scientific publications were made from this research.
Janice Chism, Ph.D. of Winthrop University has worked for a decade on our saki monkeys. Dr. Chism has determined that the sakis living on the trail grid are neither Monk Sakis nor Equatorial Sakis, but are in fact a new species of saki monkey not yet described by science. New species of large primates are rarely discovered, so this find is of major importance. Her work was presented to the International Primatological Society in August 2013.
William Rogers, Ph.D. of Winthrop University has studied and published several papers on the pink dolphin population of the Tahuayo River.
Wayne Murphy of the University of Leicester took core samples to study the history of vegetation along the Tahuayo River in 2012 - 2014.
Fredrik Tegner of Uppsala University studied the ecology and social behavior of poison dart frogs.
Barbara Land, Ph.D. of Nevada University has been conducting ethnological research in the riberenos native communities since 2011. She is preparing a book for publication.
Rose Hores did her doctoral research very rare Bald Red-faced Uakari Monkey. This endangered species of monkey lives only in the ACRCTT and is sometimes found on our trail grid behind the Research Center.
Biologist Dan Dourson and his wife, Judy, of Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) conducted a survey of the terrestrial (land) snails of the area. The assessment documented a total of 15 species of land snails. Five species remain undetermined and one of the five could not be assigned to and known family.
Tim Faasen is one of several entomologists who have worked from our facilities over the past few years. Many new species of insects have been described in the scientific literature from these investigations.
Colin Jackson of Southern Illinois University is studying feeding behavior in ten families of pygmy marmosets that live in the vicinity of the main lodge.