Help our biologists perform monitoring and research of wildlife. Tasks can range from setting up cameras for mammals in the forest to reproducing insects in the lab.
The Research Assistant role can take many forms. Either you will be assigned to: a specific research project as an assistant; split your time between a couple of projects; or assist in all research projects where needed. Moreover, you may be asked to assist other volunteers in the research projects on the following topics: bioluminescent mushrooms; tree inventory; aquarium research; amphibian research or bioacoustics research. This roles is good for non-specialized people with an interest in getting to know many of our research projects.
Other Research Assistant Tasks
The Biodiversity Observatory OBBIO - is a network of video cameras that record the fauna and flora 24 hours a day, generating films and content for use in research, education, eBooks and documentaries. Setting up camera traps (Bushnell HD Model 119537) and using various stationary cameras set up in the forest volunteers can gather data on forest wildlife to study their ethology. For example, volunteers have researched "The Effects of Watersource Proximity on Mammal Dispersion". Our videos have been used on the Discovery Channel and are regularly published on our Youtube channel.
Insect Reproduction in the Lab - we produce interesting insects and study their reproduction. Moreover, the insects are feed to the fish, reptiles and frogs we have in our aquarium and terrariums.
Fauna and Flora - focused mainly on biology and ethology. An example of a study conducted by volunteers is "Measuring Frog Biodiversity in the Betary Reserve" where volunteers set up pitfalls in the forest and conducted ex situ identification to quantify frog abundance.
Living at IPBio
Volunteers will stay at the Darwin Guest House, situated on the reserve itself, which accommodates up to 8 people in 2 rooms. This house has a bathroom with a hot shower and has a fully equipped kitchen where volunteers can cook. In addition, IPBio is in the process of constructing a new house to accommodate more volunteers, interns and researchers. It is the volunteer’s responsibility to maintain and clean the house; we take this very seriously. Shops are in the town of Iporanga 6km away from the reserve, which you can walk to or get a taxi, where there are various shops with all you will need.
Every day you will wake up to the sound of birds, monkeys and frogs and can explore the reserves grounds. Our town is called the Cave Capital of Brazil so volunteers often visit our state parks to explore the caves. Hike into the dense forest and visits to waterfalls are also common activities. Bouy cross, big balloons, are used to drift down the rivers, some of the river route are 3 hours long! After work volunteers can swim on the reserve deck, organize dinners, watch movies, read and go wildlife watching. On the weekend we often have a barbecue or organize dinner at a restaurant. Often there are social events or parties in the community that volunteers can go to.
The Atlantic Forest stretches from the northeastern to the southern regions of Brazil
and northern Argentina and southeastern Paraguay. Five hundred years ago, the
Atlantic Forest of Brazil covered approximately 330 million acres, but today only 7%
remains. In the Ribeira Valley, our region of the Atlantic Forest, we are at the footsteps
of 21% of the 7% that is left, it being largest contiguous section of the Atlantic Forest.
Despite the forests diminished state it still ranks as a global conservation priority.
Although it is now just a small fraction of the size of the Amazon rainforest, the
Atlantic Forest still harbors a range of biological diversity similar to that of the Amazon.
The Atlantic Forest harbors around 2,200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and
amphibians – 5% of the vertebrates on Earth. This includes nearly 200 bird species
found nowhere else. The Betary Reserve is located next to one of the most famous
Brazilian State Parks named PETAR. The region is called the Cave Capital as it known
for containing over 300 spectacular caves, some which are accessible to tourists.
Our town is called the Cave Capital of Brazil so volunteers often visit our state parks to explore the caves. Hike into the dense forest and visits to waterfalls are also common activities. Bouy cross, big balloons, are used to drift down the rivers, some of the river route are 3 hours long! After work volunteers can swim on the reserve deck, organize dinners, watch movies, read and go wildlife watching. On the weekend we often have a barbecue or organize dinner at a restaurant. Often there are social events or parties in the community that volunteers can go to.
This covers your accommodation, full access to the reserve, internet access and the use of any equipment we have. Volunteers will pay for their own food and cook for themselves. Volunteers are also responsible for paying for any extra costs such as travel costs, visa costs etc. Volunteers are also responsible for covering their extra activities costs such as dinner out (without drinks) which ranges from 15 to 30 reais or PETAR State Park tour of caves (including a guide, equipment and entrance fee) which costs around 100 to 250 reais depending on how many volunteers go.
The Darwin House, where volunteers stay, is situated on the reserve itself and accommodates up to 8 people in 2 rooms. This house has a bathroom with a hot shower and has a fully equipped kitchen where volunteers can cook.
Conduct a tree inventory of the reserve to understand the species and check the well-being of our forest.
Searching for new species of bioluminescent mushrooms, photographing them and finding conditions for cultivation.
Capture images and videos of nature and its wildlife to use in YouTube clips, documentaries or magazine publications.
IPBio is looking for a web developer to add new content and features to our website, improve the aesthetics and organize the website's structure.
Use sound recordings to understand species behavior, their distribution, habitat use and peak periods of activity.
Raise awareness about the Biodiversity Research Institute and fundraise to support our projects.