Because we function
primarily as a research station, there are always projects
in need of extra help. Generally, if you wish to help out
with biological research, it is best to contact us well in
advance of your intended stay. This way we can help place
you on a project that most closely meets your interests and
goals. For example, if you are interested in birds,
butterflies, frogs, plants, insects, or any other organism,
we would try to put you to work on something involving your
favorite organism. No prior experience is necessary. Several
ongoing studies are designed for non-biologists or biology
students who cannot stay at Yanayacu for very long.
Everyone, however, is welcome to help. For more serious
biology students, we encourage you to think of areas of
interests that could lead to independent or collaborative
projects with other students and biologists.
Examples of past and present
research projects include:
- Collecting and raising
- Locate and monitor bird nests.
- Study the reproductive habits of
- Observe spider colonies to learn what
prey the spiders capture.
- Examine the pollinators that visit
certain types of flowers.
We highly encourage
everyone who intends to pursue biological studies in the
future to develop a research project for which they can take
most of the control. This would mean as little or as much
guidance from onsite biologists as you need to create a
study which fits your own interests. If you have ideas
before you arrive, we can help you find appropriate reading
material before you come or help suggest directions for your
study. Many students also arrive, spend some time working on
pre-existing projects, and then spin off onto an idea of
their own. We encourage students to take on small projects
that can be completed, synthesized, and written up for
publication (or close to it) before you leave
Examples of completed independent