have formed a central part of the Silman Lab's research program in
South America for the last decade. Students from Wake Forest
University, our partner Universidad Nacional San Antonio de Abad in
Cusco, Peru, and other institutions in the US, Peru, and Colombia have
helped do things from follow white-lipped peccaries through Amazonian
rain forest to taking paleoecological samples from lakes in the Andes
to mapping tree diversity and carbon storage in the cloud forests of
Peru. There are several ways you can go to Peru:
Field Assistant: Students
working as field assistants help me, and/or my graduate students and
postdocs carry out our research. In addition, all student researchers
develop their own research project, with some help and guidance from
the more senior people you're working with. This research project can
count towards undergraduate research credit or for an honors thesis.
Travel, equipment and living expenses can be supported through grants that Wake Forest offers and also supported on the lab's research grants.
Field Trip to Peru: Most summers, Dr. Silman teaches a Wake Forest University field course on Tropical Biodiversity in Peru.
You can carry out undergraduate research in the lab on local projects,
or as a continuation of a project started during a trip to Peru.
In addition to projects in Peru, there are lots of interesting things to do here closer to home!
If you have an interest in NC ecology, stop by the lab!