|Scientific Research Schedule|
Scientific Studies at the Amazon Research Center
The main research feature of the research center is the trail grid. With 52 miles (80 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. Most of the research planned by visiting scientists at the Research Center takes place in the summer months, when scientists and students are free from University classes.
Following are the studies planned for 2011:
John Koprowski, Ph.D. of the University of Arizona and his students will be continuing their studies focusing on the conservation and behavioral ecology of rare Amazonian tree squirrels. Squirrels are considered to be important indicators of forest health world-wide.
Janice Chism, Ph.D.of Winthrop University plans to continue her studies 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.
Graduate student Rose Hores of Southern Illinois University will start her doctoral thesis research on the 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.