Research

FCAT conducts and facilitates top quality research in northwest Ecuador.

We welcome and are able to support researchers at all levels, including experienced scientists looking to extend established research programs, advanced students seeking to implement independent research, and those looking to get some hands-on experience in the context of FCAT’s ongoing research.

FCAT’s research program is anchored by highly trained local residents that contribute to study design, data collection, and interpretation of results. We investigate how naturally occurring and human-caused variation in environmental conditions influence ecological processes and the patterns of diversity. Our team researches a broad range of organisms and span the fields of animal behavior, community ecology, conservation biology, plant-animal interactions, and reforestation. FCAT publishes findings in peer-reviewed articles (below) and shares results with local stakeholders via educational and outreach initiatives.

This ongoing research provides an ideal venue for training developing scientists in basic field methods, and we have given dozens of young people their first tropical research experience. At the same time, we also offer rich opportunities for established scientists and graduate students to further their research agendas. Our nuanced understanding of the biological and social dynamics of our project area, extensive experience with permitting, travel and logistics, and highly trained local resident researchers have anchored many successful projects by visiting scientists. Ongoing collaborative projects with established researchers from around the world range focus on ecology of cavity nesting birds, aquatic ecology, and public health, and we have supported dozens of undergraduate and graduate thesis projects. For more information, contact us.

Research Articles by the FCAT Team