In May of 2015, the Radford Amazonian Research Expedition (RARE) provided undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to conduct original biological research in a primary Amazonian rainforest ecosystem. Under the supervision of two Radford professors, a group of ten select students spent three weeks learning and exploring deep in the Peruvian jungle.
Members of the RARE team traveled from Radford to Puerto Maldonado, a rapidly growing city near Peru’s eastern border. In Puerto Maldonado, the team met with guides from Tamandua, LLC, a conservation and ecotourism group devoted to the protection and conservation of the Peruvian jungle. From there the RARE team traveled eight hours, first by car and then by boat, to reach the remote Las Piedras Biodiversity Station where they conducted their studies.