Yasuni National Park
Field Work 

I am, first and foremost, a field primatologist, and I either am directly involved in or supervise a very diverse array of field studies on New World primates. The major portion of my field research takes place at two different sites in the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve in Amazonian Ecuador – at the Proyecto Primates Research Area, which I established in 1994 as a Ph.D. student with Dr. Peter Rodman (UC Davis), and at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station, located approximately 40 km away. Both of these sites are home to a diverse primate community consisting of 10 to 12 different species. Additionally, I collaborate on a number of projects involving fieldwork in other New World sites outside of Ecuador.

Thank you to The Leakey Foundation, National Geographic, The Wenner-Gren Foundation, and National Science Foundation for funding numerous projects. Thank you also to the staff of both research stations and especially to the government of Ecuador.

Some of my ongoing field projects are described in more detail below. But first, I'd like to thank the project alumni (colleagues, students, and assistants listed below) that have been part of Proyecto Primates over the last few decades.

Research overview 


Sara Alvarez

Ricardo Arango

Yamil Blanco

Renee Bauer

Juan Jose Bravo

Gabriel Carillo

Kenny Choiu

Gaby de Luna

Abigail Derby

Laura Abondano

Anand DacierLarry Dew

Dan Essiambre

Mike MontagueShelly FieldJamille Heer
Shelly FIeld
Delanie HurstLuke Matthews

Nelson Galvis

Jacquie Kehoe

Delanie Hurst
Chelsea KostrubChris Schmitt

Mia Marek

Melisa MoreanoAna PalmaWilmer PozoKristin Phillips
Marcelo Rotundo

Peter Rodman

Rebecca Rimbach

Marcelo Rotundo

Dylan Schwindt

Marcelo RotundoDylan Schwindt
Brian SmithSteph SpeharScott Suarez

Rob Tennyson

Dionisios Youlatos

Luke WardMonica Ramirez