Tiputini Biodiversity Station
The Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS) was established in 1995 by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in collaboration with Boston University to accommodate the academic community and discerning naturalists.
The goal of the Tiputini Biodiversity Station is to promote understanding of rainforest ecosystems through education, research, and ecotourism by providing an opportunity to experience a pristine environment.
The Tiputini Biodiversity Station is located in the pristine Eastern Ecuadorian Amazon on a 650 hectare (1500 acre) tract of lowland rainforest. This remote location provides an unparalleled amount of flora and fauna to observe and study. Situated in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, the Station has been recognized as one of the best spots in the world to study biodiversity because of its protection and isolation. TBS has an extensive system of well-marked trails for the use of researchers and visitors.
In 2005, TBS was awarded a grant to make several major improvements. The National Science Foundation grant has allowed for expanded laboratory and guest facilities, and improved communications. Reconstruction of the second canopy tower and canopy walkway is currently underway. The new lab facility was completed in 2008; it includes not only ample research space, but a library, classrooms, storage, and administrative offices.
TBS is frequented by student groups and short- and long-term researchers, including students in BU’s Tropical Ecology Program, who spend one month at the Station each semester.
Explore the wonders of the rainforest and the many species that inhabit it.