Voluntarios Canopy Ecology

16 07 2009

The project deals with long term dynamics of an epiphyte community in a particular set up, using data of 2002 from a complete census of a large number of epiphytes plus the access to all strata of the forest through the use of a tower crane. The aim of the project is to document the dynamics of this community in time and space and additionally to study its underlying mechanisms.
Additional information at:
(under Parque Nacional San Lorenzo)
Information on canopy ecology:


Students of later semesters or recently graduated. Willingness to work under harsh field conditions in the tropics, interest on botany, ecology, canopy ecology, tree climbing or related and ability to work independently. Work
environment will be essentially in English, but Spanish knowledge is desirable when going around Panama. Previous field experience is desired but not a requirement. Volunteers are needed from September to February for 2010 (minimum 2 months).


Activities vary according to the interest of the volunteer. Personal projects that fit with the general aim of the project are welcome.


Transportation, housing and food are covered while doing field work. Field assistants have to cover transportation and flights to Panama. All fees concerning the use of facilities in STRI (an amazing library and internet) are covered.

Contact Information

Emails with a letter indicating why you are interested in volunteering with us and a CV/resume should be addressed to ka.wagner@… and/orglenda.mendieta@… (Katrin Wagner and Glenda Mendieta, respectively)

G. Mendieta-Leiva
Universität Oldenburg
Institut für Biologie und Umweltwissenschaften
AG Funktionelle Ökologie der Pflanzen
Postfach 2503
26111 Oldenburg
Tel: +49 (0)441 798 5621





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