Pampas Galeras Barbara D’Achille National Reserve, Lucanas Province, Department of Ayacucho


  • Alessandro Catenazzi, PhD – Biology, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, Amphibian Red List Authority, and Associated Researcher with the Centro de Ornitología y Biodiversidad (CORBIDI).
  • Sarah Kupferberg, D., Visiting Scholar with the Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kupferberg is a visiting scholar affiliated with the stream ecology laboratory of Dr. Mary Power, at UC Berkeley. She also works as an independent consultant on amphibian issues in California rivers with dams and hydroelectric projects.
  • Allan R. Flores Ramos, Biology, Head of the Pampa Galeras Barbara D`Achille National Reserve of the  National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP), professional specialized in management and management of wildlife.


  • To develop skills in experimental design, implementation and execution of ecological studies.
  • To acquire new skills and learn new field techniques in amphibian population monitoring, field experiments, environmental sampling, and data analysis.


  • Biodiversity and population monitoring
  • Ecology of tadpoles and adult frogs/toads
  • Ecology of high-Andean streams, bogs and wetlands
  • Field experiments in streams
  • Chytrid disease
  • Threats and conservation status of amphibians
  • Management of Natural Protected Areas


The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students, professionals and researchers in the disciplines of biology, veterinary, environmental sciences and related disciplines.

  • Application – Prospective participants should submit the following information:
  1. Fill out the online form (, and attach the following:
    1. Curriculum Vitae (no more tan 2 pages, include information relevant to the course)
    2. Copy of ID document or passport
  • Copy of student ID (if applicable)
  • Admission – Applicants admitted to the course will be asked to deposit US$300 to a bank account in Peru before the 30th of June.


The admission fee is US$300.00, which includes the course fee, lodging and food during the course, materials used during the course, and local transportation from Nazca to Reserve and vice versa.

This fee does NOT include transportation to and from the city of Nazca, lodging in Nazca, travel or medical insurance.


Partial scholarships will be awarded. The course will award two partial scholarships (equivalent to US$150 each, no monetary value) to one undergraduate student and one post-graduate student. Proof of enrollment is required when applying to the course.

 Additional information will be provided to participants who are admitted to the course, including information on recommended clothing and travel tips. Pampas Galeras is located at ~4000 m/13,000 feet a.s.l.


For more information contact

Víctor Vargas (vjvargasg[at]

Allan Flores (aflores[at]


Photos: Alessandro Catenazzi