What we are
The Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS) is a biological field station established in Amazonian Ecuador in 1994 by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in collaboration with Boston University. We serve as steward of 638 hectares (about 1500 acres) of primary lowland rainforest approximately 300km (200 mi) ESE of Quito. TBS is situated on the north bank of the Tiputini River, a southern tributary of the Napo River within the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve.
Our primary activities are associated with research and education. Located within the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspot (link paper) and one of the planet’s last wilderness areas, our main goal is to better understand nature so that appropriate and effective conservation strategies may be implemented.
TBS also serves as an official guard post for the Yasuní National Park.
What we do
TBS seeks to find out more about the workings of the lowland Amazonian rainforest. Consequently, scientists are constantly here conducting research on a wide array of topics ranging from cataloging the regional megadiversity to animal behavior to global climate change. The more we know and the more we share what we know, the better chance we have to manage and save this place for the future.
Because we are so interested in the conservation of the Amazonian ecosystem, a large proportion of our efforts are dedicated to environmental education. About 85% of our visitors are students in organized groups that come for relatively short visits. Fewer and fewer individuals from all around the world have regular contact with nature and as such, the human race overall is losing appreciation for nature. Although we cannot overcome that situation with a short visit, we do hope to increase the level of awareness about the wonders of the rainforest, pressures upon it, and the justification for maintaining it. The rest of our visitors are essentially scientific investigators who make efforts to learn more about this complex ecosystem so that we always have more to share with the world.
Researchers from all over the world have carried out their studies at TBS in order to advance science in general. In a more specific way, our resulting greater understanding of the functioning of rainforest should provide the basis for sustainable management into the future.
TBS serves as an official guard post for the Yasuni National Park and consequently, our staff is ever vigilant of human activities in the region that may represent threats to nature. We are also responsible for overseeing all activities that are carried out within the confines of our operation; as such, we take account of what researchers and students alike are doing during their time at the station.