Lima and Madre de Dios

Application Deadlines: 

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing. 

Candidates must demonstrate maturity of focus and the ability to cope with the physical rigors of the program.

Applicants must submit the following items through the OSU GO online application system. 

  • an unofficial transcript,
  • assay question
  • online recommendation
  • Interview with program coordinator

Contact Michele Justice in the College of Forestry if you have questions.

Program Details: 

2018 details to be available in early November.

Please Look for your Program on our "Faculty Led Program Offerings" site at that time.

*** Last Year's Program Description:

This course is divided into two parts.  Part I 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 microscopi 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.  Part II 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 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, and fungal growth requirements.  Class instruction will be entirely laboratory based, with all instruction at InkaTerra taking place within the Amazon rainforest.

For more information, contact Dr. Seri Robinson or Michele Justice in the College of Forestry.

Academic Emphasis: 
Environ. Science
Renewable Mat.
Program Administrator: 
OSU Faculty-Led
Program Costs: 

Cost Estimates: to be confirmed at a later date

  • Tuition:
  • Participant Fee:

(includes: lodging, some meals, ground transportation, etc.)

  • International Airfare:
  • U.S. Passport: $135
  • Books & Supplies:
  • Meals (not included in the Participant Fee)
  • Incidentals and miscellaneous:

Total Program Cost Estimate: TBC