Explorer's Inn Tambopata Ecolodge has put in movement many aplied science programs, including ATRAME (aplication of traditional medicine), an initiative that is currently in the hands of the native communities, producing a butterfly house and various medicinal gardens.
In addition to this, Explorer's Inn Tambopata Ecolodge is now used as a base for the research center run by the Catolica University of Peru (PUCP), one of the principal academic institutions in the country.
The science of Taxonomy (the classification of species), is the most studied in the field of research undertaken at Explorer's Inn Tambopata Ecolodge.
Completed research has helped us in the understanding of the development / loss of tropical forests in the world.
Botanists have collected data on the economic value of intact tropical forest, such as its fundamental role in global climate regulation, acting as a great sumidero store of carbón.
The entomologist and autor E. O. Wilson, who is widley recognised for helping to coin the term “biodiversity”, discovered that there were more species of ant in just one tree of Explorer's Inn Tambopata Ecolodge, than in the whole of the British Isles.
Data collected from Explorer’s Inn was published by Oliver Philips, a well known botanist from the University of Leeds; and Alwyn Gentry, a world renowned botanist and curator of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Theodore A. Parker III, considered one of the greatest field researchers in the history of ornithology, found here previously unprescedented levels of bird diversity.
Explorer’s Inn Tambopata Ecolodge has a Resident Naturalist program which allows researchers to take part in pasantás and field work in the biological sciences, including botany, ecology, entomology, herpetology, primatology andd ornithology.
Besides academic research, our Resident Naturalists are able to become involved in conservation work, through naturalist non-government organizations that are specially commited to sustainable development within the forest.
The Resident Naturalists (RNs) are the spine of our research program at Explorer’s Inn Tambopata Ecolodge (in any given moment, there can be up to 5 residents).
In return, they help to put together inventories and species compilations, monitoring of ecosystems, the fauna and the weather, as well as maintain our trail system and interract with our guests.
Explorer’s Inn Tambopata Ecolodge stands out from other jungle ecolodges, thanks to the scientific research carried out by the biologists and numerous ecologists who stay with us.
Our collaboration with the scientific community began in 1978, when Explorer’s Inn Tambopata Ecolodge began to invite naturalists and students to offer some of their time to the ecolodge in exchange for housing, food and the opportunity to carry out research in the Tambopata forest.
Now, approximately a quater of our bedspace is donated to the scientists who are carrying out advanced research (postdoc grade or higher). To follow, we include some details on the opportunities for research volunteers and eligibility.
Separate from our Resident Naturalist program, Explorer’s Inn Tambopata Ecolodge also has research opportunities for volunteers.
These opportunities are open to students, including those of universities, who wish to remain at the ecolodge for a period of two to four weeks.
Volunteers must cover their own expenses, including housing and food, and spend their time helping the RNs, as well as the lodge manager and visiting research scientists where necessary.