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RAPID INVENTORIES

The Field Museum's rapid inventory team searches the richest places on Earth for horizon-to-horizon landscapes that local peoples want to keep wild—and then gathers the information needed to establish effective conservation areas there. Our team includes biologists, social scientists, and logistics experts, and we work closely with park services, indigenous groups, local conservationists, and other in-country partners.

Since 1999 we've carried out rapid inventories in 30 different landscapes—23 of them in the Andes-Amazon region of South America. To see all the inventory reports, click here.

You'll find blog posts about rapid inventories here.

 

Edited reports:

  1. Pitman, N., A. Bravo, S. Claramunt, C. Vriesendorp, D. Alvira Reyes, A. Ravikumar, Á. del Campo, D. F. Stotz, T. Wachter, S. Heilpern, B. Rodríguez Grández, A. R. Sáenz Rodríguez & R. C. Smith, eds. 2016. Perú: Medio Putumayo-Algodón. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 28. The Field Museum, Chicago. 522 pages.
  2. Pitman, N., C. Vriesendorp, L. Rivera Chávez, T. Wachter, D. Alvira Reyes, Á. del Campo, G. Gagliardi-Urrutia, D. Rivera González, L. Trevejo, D. Rivera González & S. Heilpern (eds.). 2015. Perú: Tapiche-Blanco. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 27. The Field Museum, Chicago. 508 pages.
  3. Pitman, N., C. Vriesendorp, D. Alvira, J.A. Markel, M. Johnston, E. Ruelas Inzunza, A. Lancha Pizango, G. Sarmiento Valenzuela, P. Álvarez-Loayza, J. Homan, T. Wachter, Á. del Campo, D.F. Stotz & S. Heilpern (eds.). 2014. Perú: Cordillera Escalera-Loreto. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 26. The Field Museum, Chicago. 544 pages.
  4. Pitman, N., E. Ruelas Inzunza, C. Vriesendorp, D.F. Stotz, T. Wachter, A. del Campo, D. Alvira, B. Rodríguez Grández, R.C. Smith, A.R. Sáenz Rodríguez, & P. Soria Ruiz (eds.). 2013. Perú: Ere-Campuya-Algodón. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 25. The Field Museum, Chicago. 404 pages.
  5. Pitman, N., E. Ruelas I., D. Alvira, C. Vriesendorp, D. K. Moskovits, Á. del Campo, T. Wachter, D. F. Stotz, S. Noningo S., E. Tuesta C. y/and R. C. Smith, eds. 2012. Perú: Cerros de Kampankis. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 24. The Field Museum, Chicago. 452 pages.
  6. Pitman, N., C. Vriesendorp, D. K. Moskovits, R. von May, D. Alvira, T. Wachter, D.F. Stotz, & A. del Campo (eds.). 2011. Perú: Yaguas-Cotuhé. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 23. The Field Museum, Chicago. 378 pages. [A new protected area, the 870,000-ha Yaguas Reserved Zone, was established one month after publication of this book; Yaguas National Park was established in 2018.]
  7. Pitman, N., R.C. Smith, C. Vriesendorp, D. Moskovits, R. Piana, G. Knell & T. Wachter (eds.). 2004. Peru: Ampiyacu, Apayacu, Yaguas, Medio Putumayo. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 12. The Field Museum, Chicago. 273 pages. [A new protected area, the 400,000-ha Ampiyacu-Apayacu Regional Conservation Area, was established three years after publication of this book.]
  8. Pitman, N., C. Vriesendorp & D. Moskovits (eds.). 2003. Peru: Yavarí. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 11. The Field Museum, Chicago. 282 pages.
  9. Pitman, N., D.K. Moskovits, W.S. Alverson, & R. Borman A. (eds.). 2002. Ecuador: Serranías Cofán, Bermejo, Sinangoe. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 3. The Field Museum, Chicago. 226 pages. [A new protected area, the 50,000-ha Reserva Ecológica Cofanes de Bermejo, was established less than a month after publication of this book.]
  10. Vriesendorp C., N. Pitman, D. Alvira Reyes, A. Salazar Molano,R. Botero García, A. Arciniegas, L. de Souza, Á. del Campo, D. F. Stotz, T. Wachter, A. Ravikumar, y/and J. Peplinski (eds.). 2018. Colombia: La Lindosa, Capricho, Cerritos. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 29. The Field Museum, Chicago. 
  11. Vriesendorp, C., N. Pitman, J.I. Rojas Moscoso, L. Rivera Chávez, L. Calixto Méndez, M. Vela Collantes & P. Fasabi Rimachi (eds.). 2005. Perú: Matsés. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 16. The Field Museum, Chicago. 336 pages. [A new protected area, the 421,000-ha Reserva Natural Matsés, was established four years after the publication of this book.]

Book chapters:

  1. Pitman, N., M. Johnston, J. Markel, E. Ruelas Inzunza, R. Stallard, C. Vriesendorp, A. Wali & V. Zapata. 2012. Regional panorama and sites visited. Pages 221-233 in N. Pitman, E. Ruelas I., D. Alvira, C. Vriesendorp, D. K. Moskovits, Á. del Campo, T. Wachter, D. F. Stotz, S. Noningo S., E. Tuesta C. y/and R. C. Smith, eds. Perú: Cerros de Kampankis. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 24. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  2. Pitman, N., M. Finer, C. Jenkins, & C. Vriesendorp. 2011. ¿Por qué una nueva área protegida en la Amazonía peruana?/Why a new protected area in Amazonian Peru? Pages 49-50, 176-177 in Pitman, N., C. Vriesendorp, D.K. Moskovits, R. von May, D. Alvira, T. Wachter, D.F. Stotz, & A. del Campo (eds.), Perú: Yaguas-Cotuhé. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 23. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  3. Pitman, N. 2011. Panorama regional y sitios visitados/Regional panorama and sites visited. Pages 65-72, 192-198 in Pitman, N., C. Vriesendorp, D.K. Moskovits, R. von May, D. Alvira, T. Wachter, D.F. Stotz, & A. del Campo (eds.), Perú: Yaguas-Cotuhé. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 23. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  4. Pitman, N. 2004. Panorama general de los resultados/Overview of results. Pages 35-40, 123-128 in Pitman, N., R.C. Smith, C. Vriesendorp, D. Moskovits, R. Piana, G. Knell & T. Wachter (eds.), Perú: Ampiyacu, Apayacu, Yaguas, Medio Putumayo. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 12. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  5. Pitman, N., H. Beltrán, R. Foster, R. García, C. Vriesendorp, & M. Ahuite. 2003. Flora y vegetación/Flora and vegetation. Pages 52-59, 137-143 in Pitman, N., C. Vriesendorp & D. Moskovits (eds.), Peru: Yavarí. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 11. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  6. Pitman, N. 2003. Panorama general de los resultados/Overview of results. Pages 33-39, 120-125 in Pitman, N., C. Vriesendorp & D. Moskovits (eds.), Peru: Yavarí. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 11. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  7. Pitman, N., R. Borman A., D.K. Moskovits, R.S. Foster, T.S. Schulenberg, L.O. Rodríguez, J.M. Shopland & F. Campos. 2002. Panorama general de los resultados/Overview of results. Pages 21-38, 97-113 in Pitman, N., D. K. Moskovits, W. S. Alverson, & R. Borman A. (eds.), Ecuador: Serranías Cofán, Bermejo, Sinangoe. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 3. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  8. Pitman, N., & R. Foster. 2002. Geología, fisiografía y clima/Geology, physiography, and climate. Pages 45–47, 119–121 in Pitman, N., D. K. Moskovits, W. S. Alverson, y/and R. Borman A. (eds.), Ecuador: Serranías Cofán-Bermejo, Sinangoe. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 3. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  9. Pitman, N., R. Foster & R. Aguinda. 2002. Plantas endémicas/Endemic plants. Pages 62-65, 135-138 in Pitman, N., D.K. Moskovits, W.S. Alverson, & R. Borman A. (eds.), Ecuador: Serranías Cofán, Bermejo, Sinangoe. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 3. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  10. Torres-Montenegro, L. A., A. A. Barona-Colmenares, N. Pitman, M. A. Ríos Paredes, C. Vriesendorp, T. J. Mori Vargas & M. Johnston. 2016. Vegetación/Vegetation. Pp. 92–101, 276–284, and 372–431 in N. Pitman, A. Bravo, S. Claramunt, C. Vriesendorp, D. Alvira Reyes, A. Ravikumar, Á. del Campo, D. F. Stotz, T. Wachter, S. Heilpern, B. Rodríguez Grández, A. R. Sáenz Rodríguez & R. C. Smith, eds. Perú: Medio Putumayo-Algodón. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 28. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  11. Ríos Paredes, M. A., L. A. Torres-Montenegro, A. A. Barona-Colmenares, C. Vriesendorp & N. Pitman. 2016. Flora/Flora. Pp. 101–109, 284–291, and 372–431 in N. Pitman, A. Bravo, S. Claramunt, C. Vriesendorp, D. Alvira Reyes, A. Ravikumar, Á. del Campo, D. F. Stotz, T. Wachter, S. Heilpern, B. Rodríguez Grández, A. R. Sáenz Rodríguez & R. C. Smith, eds. Perú: Medio Putumayo-Algodón. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 28. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  12. Vriesendorp, C., N. Pitman, D. Alvira Reyes, A. A. Barona-Colmenares, A. Bravo, S. C. Londoño, Á. del Campo, D. Lizcano, J. Markel, M. A. Ríos Paredes & R. Stallard. 2016. Panorama regional y descripción de los sitios de los inventarios biológico y social/Regional panorama and overview of biological and social inventory sites. Pp. 69–79, 255–264, and 362–365 in N. Pitman, A. Bravo, S. Claramunt, C. Vriesendorp, D. Alvira Reyes, A. Ravikumar, Á. del Campo, D. F. Stotz, T. Wachter, S. Heilpern, B. Rodríguez Grández, A. R. Sáenz Rodríguez & R. C. Smith, eds. Perú: Medio Putumayo-Algodón. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 28. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  13. Torres Montenegro, L., T. Mori Vargas, N. Pitman, M. Ríos Paredes, C. Vriesendorp & M.K. Johnston. 2015. Vegetación y flora/Vegetation and flora. Pages 96–109, 278 –289, 376–419 in N. Pitman, C. Vriesendorp, L. Rivera Chávez, T. Wachter, D. Alvira Reyes, Á. del Campo, G. Gagliardi-Urrutia, D. Rivera González, L. Trevejo, D. Rivera González & S. Heilpern (eds.), Perú: Tapiche-Blanco. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 27. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  14. Vriesendorp, C., N. Pitman, D. Alvira Reyes, R.F. Stallard, T. Crouch & B. O'Shea. 2015. Resumen de los sitios del inventario biológico y social/Overview of biological and social inventory sites. Pages 71–80, 255–263, 372–373 in N. Pitman, C. Vriesendorp, L. Rivera Chávez, T. Wachter, D. Alvira Reyes, Á. del Campo, G. Gagliardi-Urrutia, D. Rivera González, L. Trevejo, D. Rivera González & S. Heilpern (eds.), Perú: Tapiche-Blanco. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 27. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  15. Vriesendorp, C., N. Pitman & J. Homan. 2014. Panorama regional/Regional panorama. Pages 71–78, 267–273, and 398–401 in N. Pitman, C. Vriesendorp, D. Alvira, J.A. Markel, M. Johnston, E. Ruelas Inzunza, A. Lancha Pizango, G. Sarmiento Valenzuela, P. Álvarez-Loayza, J. Homan, T. Wachter, Á. del Campo, D. F. Stotz & S. Heilpern (eds.),Perú: Cordillera Escalera-Loreto. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 26. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  16. Neill, D., I. Huamantupa, C. Kajekai & N. Pitman. 2012. Vegetation and flora. Pages 242-250 in N. Pitman, E. Ruelas I., D. Alvira, C. Vriesendorp, D. K. Moskovits, Á. del Campo, T. Wachter, D. F. Stotz, S. Noningo S., E. Tuesta C. y/and R. C. Smith, eds. Perú: Cerros de Kampankis. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 24. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  17. García-Villacorta, R., I. Huamantupa, Z. Cordero, N. Pitman, & C. Vriesendorp. 2011. Flora y vegetación/Flora and vegetation. Pages 86-97, 211-221 in Pitman, N., C. Vriesendorp, D.K. Moskovits, R. von May, D. Alvira, T. Wachter, D.F. Stotz, & A. del Campo (eds.), Perú: Yaguas-Cotuhé. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 23. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  18. Vriesendorp, C., N. Pitman, R. Foster, I. Mesones & M. Ríos. 2004. Plants/Plantas. Pages 54-61, 141-147 in Pitman, N., R.C. Smith, C. Vriesendorp, D. Moskovits, R. Piana, G. Knell & T. Wachter (eds.), Perú: Ampiyacu, Apayacu, Yaguas, Medio Putumayo. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 12. The Field Museum, Chicago. 
  19. Foster, R., & N. Pitman. 2002. Flora y vegetación/Flora and vegetation. Pages 47-62, 122-135 in Pitman, N., D.K. Moskovits, W.S. Alverson, & R. Borman A. (eds.), Ecuador: Serranías Cofán, Bermejo, Sinangoe. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 3. The Field Museum, Chicago.