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IIP-Bioversity Peru
Lima, Peru (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Dept Offering Program: International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Field Work, Lab Based Work, Research
Degree Level: 1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
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Bioversity Peru


Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization. We have a vision – that agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet. We deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. We work with partners in low-income countries in different regions where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation. Bioversity International is a CGIAR Research Centre. CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future. 

Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns, as part of a project team, will be assigned a research project and learn more about issues concerning international agricultural research for development, particularly sustainable conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity for food and agriculture. IIP interns will gain experience in carrying out desk studies, literature searching, compilation and analysis of information, database work, and writing reports, papers, and public awareness materials. IIP interns placed at Bioversity in Peru will work on one or more of the following projects:

PROJECT 1: Analysis of gold mine restoration data
Successful restoration of gold mine spoils has long been seen as a highly complex and expensive undertaking. This paradigm has now been broken by Forestpa, a Colombian restoration company that has developed a highly effective method for socially-inclusive, ecologically-sound and profitable restoration of land devastated by gold mining. The objective of this internship is to analyze data on tree diversity and biomass, collected from >100 plots established in restored forest on land previously degraded by gold mining and livestock grazing, 5 and 10 years after initiation of the restoration activities. We want to test whether there is a difference in recovering rates of tree diversity and biomass between land previously degraded by grazing or gold mining and whether there is any relationship between diversity and biomass production.

Location: Lima
Technical skills: Database Management, data analysis
Outcome: Summary of principal findings, literature review
PROJECT 2: Analysis of food plant use from local to global scales
An interesting area in the study of the nutritional and medicinal usefulness of plants concerns the investigation of how global and local patterns in plant use and knowledge relate to one another. For example, Moerman et al (1999) and Saslis-Lagoudakis et al. (2011) uncovered common patterns in ethnomedicinal usage by cultures from different areas all over the world. A question that largely remains unanswered if similar patterns can be found for edible plant species. The objective of this internship will be to investigate the over-and underrepresentation of certain plant families as sources of food at the global, national and local level, by means of existing databases selected for each of these three levels. This work will also involve data quality control and actualization of the taxonomy of species included in the databases, and time permitting, collection of additional databases through literature searches.

Location: Lima
Technical skills: Database Management, data quality control and analysis
Outcome: summary of principal findings, literature review
PROJECT 3: Measurement and evaluation of survival and growth rates trees in progeny trials
In the first half of 2015 Bioversity established a progeny trial of five tree species at five sites across a latitudinal gradient of tropical dry forest in Colombian dry forest, to evaluate the performance of different seed sources under different growth conditions, which is an important consideration for tree planting activities such as restoration under climate change. To date 3 measurements have been made of the survival and growth performance of the trees in this trial. The work in this project consists of the analysis of all collected data, and potentially the realization of one additional measurements

Location: Lima (Peru) and possibly Colombia
Technical skills: Ability to independently carry out field work, knowledge of Spanish, data analysis
Outcome: report + potentially peer reviewed publication
PROJECT 4: on farm conservation of in cacao genetic resources in Peru 
 This project is about on farm conservation of cacao genetic resources in Peru. The intern will assist a PhD student in her evaluation of the agrobiodiversity present in cocoa agroforests. A variety of tasks will involved the intern, such as the experimental site design, data collection and a participation in the analysis. This project will involve fieldwork for half of the internship.
Location: Lima and one or more locations in cacao producing areas in Peru
Technical skills: Ability to independently carry out field work, knowledge of Spanish, data analysis
Outcome: interview data, report

PROJECT 5: Evaluation of cacao productivity across gradients of cacao diversity and soil additions in plantations in Peru 
 Bioversity has established field experiments in Piura and Cusco (Peru) to evaluate the influence of different soil additions and different combinations of cacao varieties on fruit and seed production at plantation level. The interns would contribute to the monitoring of fruit production in the field in close collaboration with Bioversity and associated staff.
Location: Lima and Piura or Cusco, Peru
Technical skills: Ability to independently carry out field work, knowledge of Spanish, data analysis
Outcome: interview data, report

PROJECT 6: Maritime routes of crop dispersal between Mesoamerica and Peru in Pre-Columbian times: building the evidence base
A growing number of studies seems to suggest that there were maritime trade routes between southern Mexico and northern Peru (two major centers of crop diversity) in Pre-Columbian times which may have played an important role in the exchange of domesticated plant and animal species between Mesoamerica and South-America. Examples of potential exchange from north to south and south to north along such routes include cacao (Theobroma cacao), peach palm (Bactris gasipaes) cherimoya (Annona cherimola), hairless dogs (eaten by the Aztecs). However to date no systematic review exists of studies that can help to validate the scale and intensity of the exchange of plant and animal domesticates. The IIP intern will carry out a review of current literature on the subject and an analysis of secondary data.

Location: Lima, Peru
Technical skills: literature review
Outcome: database, report

Qualifications: Candidates with interests in Ecology, Biology, Forestry, Agroforestry, Agriculture, Ethnobiology are encouraged to apply.  Skills in writing, communication and analysis would be an asset. Technical skills in database management and analysis, quality control and experimental design would be an asset. Spanish is strongly recommended.


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