Ten Radford University undergraduate students and two faculty members are participating in a special research opportunity.
The Radford Amazonian Research Expedition (RARE) is a three-week trip to Peru during which students conduct original research, enhance their knowledge, build strong relationships and explore the exotic terrain. Trevor Tidwell and Professor Jean Mistele will lead ten students during the trip. The group departed May 20 and will return June 11.
The trip will begin in the small city of Puerto Maldonado, where students visit an animal rehabilitation center. The RARE group will then travel to the Las Piedras Biodiversity Research Station in the Madre de Dios River region. The station is only accessible via river, from which the group must still make a muddy 2-mile hike before reaching the station.
Once at the station, students will conduct their individual research projects and have group discussions about their unique Amazonian experiences.
Following their stay at the station, the RARE group will travel to Machu Picchu to view one of the wonders of the ancient world.
There are a variety of student RARE projects. Topics include:
- Dissolved carbon dioxide in water as related to tree cover
- Observable traits related to cell phone usage and other signs of attention span
- Application of international disability laws in remote Peru
- Veterinary practices in Peru vs. US
- Presence/movement of animals around trail areas as related to human use
- Microclimates in areas around the river basin
- Characteristics of forensic decay in the Amazon vs. the New River Valley
- Behavioral response of monkeys and apes to anthropogenic sound
- Firefly behavior in the Amazon
- Bioluminescent organisms in the Amazon
The RARE expedition highlight’s Radford Universities commitment to transformative undergraduate research opportunities, service to the communities of the world and a dedication to academic excellence.