Multi-Disciplinary Collaborative Research
A variety of academic interests and disciplines have been involved in research at Las Alturas over the past 20 years and contribute to Las Alturas' role as an environmental and economic demonstration facility and natural laboratory.

The Las Alturas Research Facility—run in cooperation with Stanford and other universities throughout the world—continues to support graduate and postgraduate research of tropical ecosystems, and their populations of indigenous flora and fauna.

Because of the wide variety of altitudes — from 1100m to 2200m, there is an exceptional variety of species represented at Las Alturas, as well as a multitude of frontiers and ecological habitats to study.

Universities and researchers from all continents regularly spend time at Las Alturas studying existing habitats that have been preserved (this constitutes roughly 70% of the total area). As described elsewhere, Las Alturas is engaged in restoration — converting former pastures and land cleared during the 20th century — back to wild rain forests and cloud forest habitat.

Some of this restoration is active — carried out through nursery work and manual planting, and some is passive — where nature is encouraged to "encroach" back across to cleared land. Studying the existing flora, fauna, and habitats, as well different dynamics of forest recovery offers a plethora of interesting and worthwhile topics.

We support the Las Alturas Project as a forum for the exchange of ideas and collaborative research designed to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of developing countries while at the same time preserving forests and indigenous species and habitats.

Las Alturas welcomes proposals for research and can provide limited support and accomodations for research teams. If you have an interest in conducting research at Las Alturas, please contact ProCAT for further information.