Environmental Education, 3) Technical support and 4) Capacity-building
1)Applied conservation and biodiversity research
Past Projects have included
a) Status, natural history, and ecology of the long-nosed nectar-feeding bat
Platalina genovensium. (for information go to publications page and download
appropriate .pdf files).
b) Pollination biology of the columnar cactus, Weberbauerocereus weberbaueri, in Peru.
b) Community-based conservation of the vicuña, Vicugna vicugna. (for
additional information go to publications page).
c) Ecology and carrying capacity of vicuña in the Salinas y Aguada Blanca
d) Impacts of capture and live-shearing on vicuña populations in Peru. (see publications)
Current projects include
a) Mapping potentially-bat pollinated cacti in Peru: How many are there and do
they occur in protected areas?
b) Distribution and status of nectar-feeding bats and columnar cacti in Peru (in
conjunction with the University of San Marcos Natural History Museum
Departments of Mammalogy and Botany)
c) Bat and hummingbird mutualisms in the Lomas de Lachay National Reserve,
d) Conservation and habitat use of the endangered Peruvian plant-cutter, Phytotoma
2) Environmental education
Environmental education in rural communities: Reserva Nacional Salinas y Aguada
Participation in the Peruvian Program for Bat Conservation: Environmental
Education program focusing on Platalina genovensium and additional bat species.
3) Technical support: current and ongoing
Service on in-country committees (Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of
Agriculture, Salinas Aguada Blanca Management Committee), consulting on
Strengthening the capacity of local-communities with regard to management of the
vicuña: from monitoring populations to shearing and sale of fiber. 2000-2003.(see
Developing community-based eco-tourism in the Salinas-Aguada Blanca Reserve,
Arequipa, Peru. (read conatura blog)