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Published: March 9, 2011

Rapid Inventories

Corine Vriesendorp, MacArthur Senior Conservation Ecologist and Director of the Andes-Amazon Program, Keller Science Action Center
Fast surveys of some of the most remote, unexplored places on the planet

In an era when Google Earth can show us exactly where we are, it seems amazing that vast areas remain unexplored.  Yet, since 1999, our rapid inventories have brought together hundreds of partners to survey the Earth’s least known wilderness.  We have discovered more than 150 species new to science and increased the known ranges for more than 1,000 species. And, the ultimate result of these inventories is spectacular: 32 million acres of protected wilderness in the Amazon headwaters, Cuba, and China. 

News on the latest conservation landscape

Our process
How do we mount a rapid inventory?

Our impact
We focus on conservation outcomes--working with governments to get new areas on the map. 

Our reports
We put science in the hands of decision-makers, conservation organizations, and local people.

Our team
In our latest inventory in northern Peru we brought together local residents with museum scientists from around the world.

Our training
We are building a corps of rapid inventory scientists in Peru and Bolivia. 

Corine Vriesendorp

Corine directs the Andes-Amazon program in the Keller Science Action Center. She is a field biologist with deep experience with the flora and vegetation of the remotest corners of the Western Amazon. She works closely with South American partners to bring science to bear on conservation and the quality of life of local people.