The science of getting into the wild

Expeditions into new areas

Expeditions are an extremely necessary endeavor to further our knowledge of biodiversity. We work in a unique a fragile ecosystem, and we must be as minimally invasive as possible. As such, we have to do our homework before hand, and design our expeditions and surveys  to have maximum effect and minimal environmental impact. When combined with interviews and long term surveys, expeditions can become an amazing experience, filled with discovery and insights. Biokryptos makes target oriented searches in the form of expeditions based on the work we do with local people and collecting and refining infield data. Armed with new information and insight from camera traps and interviews, we tailor our expeditions to accomplish specific goals to increase scientific understanding of the areas we study. Our expeditions are open to interested parties who have a specific goal which is in line with ours. We invite and work with experts in a multidisciplinary setting to close research gaps, further conservation goals, and understand the changing structure of the natural world.
The thing to remember about Auyan Tepui is that it is like an enormous island above the rain forest, and this island has a few trails which have been navigated by humans since they were opened by G.H.H Tate in the 1930s and Alexander Laime in the 1950s. However, outside of these trails the entire plateau is virtually untouched. Scientific expeditions in the past have ventured briefly into remote parts of the tepui, aided by helicopter. Using research gap analysis we have identified locations to use of camera traps, as we conduct site surveys and transect surveys. In the future, we hope to use the emerging techniques of environmental DNA analysis (eDNA) to continue minimally invasive studies of the tepui and look for evidence of cryptic species on the plateau. to learn more about eDNA analysis and how it can aid our work at Biokryptos, check out our blog post on the subject.  

Future Expeditions

At Biokryptos, we take expeditions very seriously. Our expeditions into Auyan and beyond are based on a variety of factors, and are conducted after extensive research and survey endeavors. While thrilling and somewhat romantic, expeditions are costly in terms of both gear, funds, and environmental impact. We balance our treks into pristine areas with the knowledge that we must leave no footsteps behind to contaminate the wild places of our planet. As such, our future expeditions are focused on determining both sum total biodiversity of Auyan, as well as determining how the lowland animals we have recorded are entering the plateaus summit. This means that we must examine both the western portions of Auyan, as well as the possible topographic connections along the talus slope.