We invite you to explore Peru’s steaming swamps through this virtual gallery. The gallery showcases the photographs that were on display in a successful physical exhibition that was held in the beautiful surroundings of the St Andrews Botanic Gardens, from August to October 2021.

The exhibition explores three key themes:

Highlighting the “ecosystem engineers” responsible for storing carbon below the ground, and other resident plants and animals.

Describing experiences of data collection in and around the swamps.

Displaying ways people interact with these ecosystems.


All of the images highlight different components of the research being carried out by a team at the University of St Andrews. To find out more about their research, explore them Research tab. We have also compiled some resources to enable people to use our images and stories as tools for teaching in schools; have a look at the Educational materials tab for more information on these.

Keep an eye out for adverts posted on this website and Twitter (@StABotanics, and @lydcole).

The creators of the exhibition, Lydia Cole, Katy Roucoux and Althea Davies, would like to thank all of those who have contributed photographs to the exhibition, and especially to Nina Laurie, Euridice Honorio, Ian Lawson, Esther Rutter and María José Sánchez Lluelma for their invaluable advice on the exhibition text and assistance with translation into Spanish.