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Fieldwork Opportunity in Sulawesi, Indonesia

Program Overview

The Indonesia Fieldwork Experience is a competitive, NSF grant-funded immersive fieldwork experience that takes place in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Selected students will spend 6 weeks in Indonesia conducting fieldwork related to the overall project, titled, “People, primates, and tropical forests: Integrated primatological and ecological research to advance human-primate coexistence and ecosystem health in Indonesia.” 

Three undergraduate students will be selected for this program. Students will receive mentorship from the SDSU Project Leader (Dr. Erin Riley, Anthropology) and her collaborators in the Faculty of Forestry at Hasanuddin University (Sulawesi, Indonesia) to conduct mini-projects related to the overarching theme of human-primate coexistence and ecosystem health. These mini-projects include: 

  • The impact of provisioning on the ecology and behavior of the endangered moor macaque monkey
  • The role moor macaques play in seed dispersal and forest regeneration
  • The impact of climate change on plant phenology (in particular, plants eaten by macaques and other wildlife)

Through this experience, SDSU students will develop critical skills needed to become successful researchers and global citizens, as well as invaluable life skills, such as interpersonal and cross-cultural communication. Click below to learn more about this exciting international fieldwork opportunity.


Info Sessions:

Dr. Riely will be holding three info sessions this year to share more abou this unique fieldwork opportunity, and answer any questions you may have. A past participant of the program--and now a graduate Anthropology student--will also attend the info sessions to share their experience as well!

Friday, Feb. 3, 2023


Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm

Zoom Meeting ID 82281813836

Click here to watch an info session recording.

fieldwork students with instructor