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Who we are


Who we are

Universidad Estatal Amazónica Committee
Director of the UEA - Dr Julio Cesar Vargas Burgos, PhD
Station Coordinator - Alexandra Torres, MSc
Station Administrator - Javier Patiño, BSc

University of Manchester Committee
Chair - Prof Richard Preziosi, PhD
Secretary - Dr Jennifer Rowntree, PhD

Live-in staff and researchers
Station Manager - Javier Patiño, BSc, MRes
Community Coordinator - Eddy Aguinda
Logistics Coordinator - Tom Hughes, MRes
Communications Coordinator - Alexandra Zamora, MPhil
Research Coordinator - Daniel López, MSc
Webmaster - Xaali O'Reilly Berkeley, BSc

Collaborating organisations

Timburi Cocha is jointly managed by the Universidad Estatal Amazónica with a significant input from the University of Manchester. Additionally, the station is used by other Universities and organisations which conduct various activities in Payamino:

University of Manchester, England, UK - Conducting annual research field courses. The University has provided most of the lab and research equipment the station currently posseses.

University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK - Conducting annual expeditions and research field courses.

Universidad Estatal Amazónica, Pastaza, Ecuador - Participating in short field trips.

Biodiversity Group, based in the USA - Conducting herpetological and entomological research, as well as community conservation projects.

Alma College, MI, USA - Conducting ethobotanical research of the Kichwa community of Payamino. Alma College has also donated a new GPS to the station.