Tsimane' Amazonian Panel Study (TAPS)


TAPS collected longitudinal data amon the Tsimane’,  a native Amazonian society of horticulturalists and foragers who live mostly in the department of Beni, Bolivia. Every year for nine consecutive years (2002-2010) a multidisciplinary, international team of researchers and Tsimane’ assistants measured socio-cultural and anthropometric variables among all Tsimane’ living in 13 villages along the Maniqui River that varied in proximity to the town of San Borja. The team cleaned, merged, and appended the data, and made it freely available to the public as the study unfolded. To date, over 100 refereed publications by the TAPS team have resulted from this research project. About 100 international researchers from many disciplines have requested the preliminary data (2002-2007) to explore topics beyond the ones considered by the TAPS team.

Since 2011 TAPS data is being complemented by other projects among the Tsimane' (e.g., LEK project).


  • Child stunting is associated with weaker human capital among native Amazonians Undurraga E.A, Behrman J.R, Emmett S.D, Kidd C, Leonard W.R, Piantdosi S.T, Reyes-García V, Sharma A, Zhang R, Godoy R.A (2018). American Journal of Human Biology, 30 (1).
  • High overlap between traditional ecological knowledge and forest conservation found in the Bolivian Amazon Paneque-Gálvez J, Pérez-Llorente I, Catarina Luz A, Guèze, Maximilien, Mas JF, Macía MJ, Orta-Martínez M, Reyes-García V (2018). Ambio, 47 (8): 908-923.
  • Income and Wellbeing in a Society on the Verge to Market Integration: The Case of the Tsimane' in the Bolivian Amazon Minkin D, Reyes-García V (2017). Journal of Happiness Studies, 18 (4): 993-1011.
  • Catch-up growth and growth deficits: Nine-year annual panel child growth for native Amazonians in Bolivia Zhang R, Undurraga E.A, Zeng W, Reyes-García V, Tanner S, Leonard W.R, Behrman J.R, Godoy R.A (2016). Annals of Human Biology, 43 (4).
  • Exploring indigenous landscape classification across different dimensions: a case study from the Bolivian Amazon. Riu-Bosoms C, Vidal T, Duane A, Fernández-Llamazares, Álvaro, Guèze, Maximilien, Luz A.C, Paneque-Gálvez J, Maciá M, Reyes-García V (2015). Landscape research, 40 (3).
  • How Does Cultural Change Affect Indigenous Peoples' Hunting Activity? An Empirical Study among the Tsimane' in the Bolivian Amazon Luz A, Guèze, Maximilien, Paneque-Gálvez J, Pino J, Maciá M, Orta-Martínez M, Reyes-García V (2015). Conservation and Society, 13 (4).
  • Shifts in indigenous culture relate to forest tree diversity: A case study from the Tsimane', Bolivian Amazon Guèze, Maximilien, Luz A.C, Paneque-Gálvez J, Maciá M.J, Orta-Martínez M, Pino J, Reyes-García V (2015). Biological Conservation, 186.
  • The Tsimane' Amazonian Panel Study (TAPS): Nine years (2002-2010) of annual data available to the public Leonard W.R, Reyes-García V, Tanner S, Rosinger A, Schultz A, Vadez V, Zhang R, Godoy R (2015). Economics and Human Biology, 19: 51-61.
  • Are Ecologically Important Tree Species the Most Useful? A Case Study from Indigenous People in the Bolivian Amazon Guèze, Maximilien, Luz A.C, Paneque-Gálvez J, Maciá M.J, Orta-Martínez M, Pino J, Reyes-García V (2014). Economic Botany, 68 (1).
  • Cultural change and traditional ecological knowledge: An empirical analysis from the Tsimane' in the Bolivian Amazon Reyes-García V, Paneque-Gálvez J, Luz A, Guèze, Maximilien, Maciá M, Orta-Martínez M, Pino J (2014). Human Organization, 73 (2).

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Research area


  • Hunter-Gatherers
  • Indigenous and Local Knowledge
  • Integration to market economy
  • wellbeing

Team members

ICREA Research Professor
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