Upcoming Expeditions

  • February 12, 2017 to August 15, 2017

    Peru

    Join us in the Cordillera Blanca June - August 2017!

    Applications are due May 15, 2017.

    Starting in June 2017, the ACSP will host our 7th annual Cordillera Blanca research expedition. Scientists, volunteers, students, and mountaineers are invited join us for a summer of research, conservation and adventure in Huascaran National Park.

    This year, we will be exploring a new area of the Park that is rarely visited and we will continue our work exploring the impacts of pollution on mountain glacier, monitoring water quality, and working with local communities and land managers on conservation projects.  This year we will also be working with ethnobotanists examining medicinal plants and climate change.  We will be studying vegetation impacts of grazing and climate change. And we will be studying how the Cordillera Blanca was created and doing geologic transects across the range.

Research

  • Arthropods are among the most diverse and abundant group of animals found in tropical forests. Arthropods that live in litter and soil provide a number of ecosystem services such as maintenance of soil structure and nutrient cycling. Despite the key ecological roles of these organisms, very little is known about arthropods communities in high elevation tropical ecosystems.