Brazil Primate Field School
The program involves studying primate ecology via field observations of the common marmoset in the forests of Northeastern Brazil. The research done will lend information into understanding the behavior, activity patterns, and societal organizations of this group of primates as our field observations will be made tangible in the form of a scientific report on our findings at the end of the month. Another aspect of the program is education on sustainable research techniques, and efforts for sustainability and conservation in order to better preserve these threatened biological resources. Of course, also involved, is exposure to the culture, people, and history of Brazil through day-trips around the city and various seminars and lectures throughout the month.
I am passionate about this opportunity for several reasons. I intend to incorporate sustainability and conservation into my future career and would like to involve myself in various hands-on experiences related to the anthropological discipline. I also believe these experiences will better help me zero-in on what exactly I would like to do in the future, and will reflect well on upcoming applications for graduate school which I will be applying for within the next year. Overall, I am so grateful to be a part of this exciting program and appreciate contributions of any size!