On our second field trip to Quilcayhuanca we are accompanied by Ken Young and Molly Polk, the biogeographers of TARN. The day was spent in the valley, where we learned about the characteristics of peat and the research that Ken and Molly are doing in the Cordillera Blanca.
The Cañón del Pato is the wide canyon carved by the Rio Santa as it descends from the Cordillera Blanca to the Pacific Ocean.
Jeff La Frenierre has been awarded a 2011 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for his research on glacier change and water resources at Volcán Chimborazo, Ecuador. He will be working in his research from October 2011 to July 2012 in that country.