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  • Locations: Lima, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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FLP Peru BrochureThis course explores tropical wood anatomy, as well as the interactions of non-fruiting body fungi on the anatomical structures of downed woody debris. The content is applicable to undergraduate and graduate students in the sciences and the arts, and the coursework is broken into two tracks to accommodate diverse learning objectives.

This course is divided into two parts. The first few days will take place in Lima, Peru, where students will engage with the students and faculty of UNALM and work within the wood xylarium learning to do hand lens and microscopic identification of many of the common Peruvian tree species. Students will be given their own xylotec of Peruvian wood species on which to practice, which may be brought back to the USA. The remainder of the course will take place at a field station near Puerto Maldonado, owned by the NGO InkaTerra. Here, students will cruise the Amazon rainforest, learning to identify downed trees via hand lens and either photographing / illustrating, or collecting samples of fungi growing on said trees. Students will be able to culture the fungi, identify them, and learn about fungal/host interactions in rainforests. Throughout the course, students will develop a fundamental understanding of wood anatomy, fungal anatomy, wood identification, field photography and illustration, and fungal growth requirements. Class instruction will be entirely laboratory based, with all instruction at InkaTerra taking place within the Amazon rainforest.

Areas of Study

Students will enroll in WSE 499: Peruvian Amazon: Tropical Woods and the Fungi That Love Them (6 credits) or WSE 599: Peruvian Amazon: Tropical Woods and the Fungi That Love Them (3 credits)

Learning Outcomes include:
  • Identify different wood species with both a hand lens and microscope
  • Identify fungal species in the wild by pigment production
  • Assess reasons for fungal growth under different growing conditions
  • Perform field data collection, field cataloguing, field sample preparation, field photography / illustration, and / or field culturing
  • Write field reports concisely and effectively
  • Present pictoral representations of fungi and infected wood in an engaging and educational manner
  • Integrate and analyze information about wood and fungal species provided by Amazonian natives with data collected from the field
  • Present information gathered in a clear manner to field based non-professionals


This Program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students in the sciences and arts with an interest in wood and fungal anatomy, wood identification, and field photography and illustration in the Amazon rainforest.
  • At least Sophomore standing
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 or permission of instructor
  • Satisfactory OSU Conduct Record
  • Physical requirements include extensive walking in a tropical rainforest.

Cost Estimates

To be determined.

Additional Info

The Program Leaders are Seri Robinson and Sarath Vega Gutierrez.

This program is currently not accepting applications.