The Green Lab

What if you could collect a sample from an animal, bring it back to camp, and be looking at the entirety of its genome by the same time the next day? Well, we think you can at the Green Lab. We are proud to┬ácollaborate with Field Projects International and the Inkaterra Association in the creation of the Amazon’s first in-situ molecular genetics field laboratory that can go from sample to sequence in just 24 hours.

The lab is located at the Inkaterra Guides Field Station, about an hour downriver from Puerto Maldonado on the Madre de Dios River in southeastern Peru. The Green Lab is set to launch in July 2018 with the following capabilities:

Biological sample preparation and storage, including but not limited to hair, nail, blood, faeces, serum, tissues and urine.


Kit-based DNA extraction from faeces, hair, blood (FTA cards), nail, and other tissues.


PCR-based DNA amplification with primers of your choice. We can procure these for you.


Agarose gel electrophoresis for presence/absence screening. Real-time visualisation and photography of gel results.


DNA quantification using fluorometer assays with a Quantiflor system.


Real-time portable genetic sequencing with ultra-long read lengths using MinION technology. Multiplexing possible.


Access the laboratory to perform analyses yourself, or leave it to our on-site experts.


Export of samples to an external provider for short turnaround Sanger sequencing


Winter field courses


screenshot-2016-10-03-12-08-03Several of our research team alumni are involved in teaching field courses in Peru and India this winter.

Liz Maciag, a research assistant alumn from 2011, will be teaching mammalogy with a focus on primatology in Peru. Tim Paine, long-time board member and veteran instructor will be co-teaching a module on herpetology in Peru. Ben Lybarger, a former research assistant, will be the lead TA on this course. For more details or to apply, please see here.

Lab PI Dr. Watsa and senior researcher Gideon Erkenswick will be teaching a course on primates and predators in the Western Ghats of India. They are joined by 2012 research assistant KC Hill, who is an expert on carnivore ecology and training to be a wildlife veterinarian today. For more details or to apply, please see here.

For a full listing of course offerings by FPI, please see here.

A new publication


Our capture protocol is finally out! The journal Neotropical Primates has published our paper on novel handling methods of small arboreal primates. This was a collaborative effort including students who participated in our research program from its very inception in 2009. We are grateful for their perseverance, dedication and patience through this process!

For a photoessay on our mark-recapture program, or to participate in our global survey of primate protocols used in the last 20 years, please visit this page.