Amazon Research Assistant Amazon Research Assistant Alter do Chao, Brazil IPBio - Reserva Jutuara
Conduct inventories on Amazonian wildlife in the field: mushrooms, birds, mammals, fish, bioluminescent and fluorescent organisms as well as flora.

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Project Details

IPBio – Biodiversity Research Institute develops and supports projects in environmental education and research on biodiversity and ecology.

IPBio´s long term goal is to create a national network of 5 research centers in every major biome of Brazil. IPBio already has a total of 3 reserves in the Atlantic Forest, Amazon and Cerrado but hopes to purchase and set up research centers in the Pantanal and Caatinga soon. The creation of this national reserve and research center network can provide useful opportunities for research, conservation projects and economic development in the area of sustainable tourism.

The Betary Reserve was the first IPBio research center created in Iporanga (São Paulo) in 2004. This reserve was accredited as an “advanced outpost” of the Atlantic Forest Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO in 2009. The primary focus of research is bioluminescence fungi and insects and amphibians but there are various other projects that occur. We have had scientific publication in the worlds most renowned and prestigious journal such as Science and Nature – Scientific Reports. Moreover, we have a release center called FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine which has worked primarily with birds captured from the illegal trade of wildlife but has also helped release howler monkeys, anteaters and oncillas.

We are now in the process of constructing two new centers. However, our research and education programs in these new biomes have already begun. 

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Foundation Year
Contact Person
Imran Viroomal
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

Biological research is the cornerstone of conservation, as it can investigate the issues living organisms face and often find the solutions. It has also become an essential tool for the education as environmental challenges can only be effectively tackled by an informed civil society and policy. Moreover, across the world people are beginning to understand the true value of nature whether in the form of ecological services it provides to humanity as well as its potential for sustainable job creation, not to mention its intrinsic value which makes it worth preserving. IPBio believes that education is essential to combatting our climate challenges but one thing we have learned is that active participation in the solutions is what drives people to make a difference. We want to bring people from all walks of life into the scientific process so they have a stake in its success. That is why IPBio is a big proponent of citizen science as people need to be empowered and educated about the issues if we wish to preserve of our planets remaining wilderness.

Therefore, IPBio’s primary goal to teach our applicants about the wonderful biodiversity of the Amazon, so we truly grasp why it is worth protecting, as well as demonstrate field biology techniques so that our participants can understand how the scientific process works to diagnose issues that wildlife face. Moreover, we also discuss how this data is used and applied to take action to preserve species and habitats across the globe.

Although our main focus is biology, we believe to comprehensively understand these issues we need to put it in a larger context so we wanted to bring our students into Amazonian culture as a whole. Taste the Amazonia fish. Watch the traditional dances such as curimbo. To prescribe environmental policy without understanding the geography, history and culture of a region is a recipe for disaster.

And our last goal is to show the wonderful nature that the Amazon has to offer and how eco-tourism has become a source of economic sustainability in towns where historically you found many harsh environmental practices such as deforestation, hunting, illegal trafficking of wildlife and monocrop plantations as the main source of economic revenue which jeopardized biodiversity.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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