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    Biodiversity Research Programmes Operation Wallacea

    08.09.2010

    Biodiversity research expeditions that are run over the summer holidays by a British based organisation called Operation Wallacea to Indonesia, Honduras, Egypt, Peru, Cuba, South Africa, Mozambique or Madagascar. These courses may be accepted as regular courses in the frame of the Biology Bachelor program.

    Operation Wallacea

    Dear Student,

    I thought you might be interested in knowing about the biodiversity research expeditions that are run over the summer holidays by a British based organisation called Operation Wallacea to Indonesia, Honduras, Egypt, Peru, Cuba, South Africa, Mozambique or Madagascar. It would be worth having a look at their web site (www.opwall.com).  As undergraduates you are able to join either to gather data for a thesis or to gain experience of working as a research assistant with a range of different scientists on biodiversity monitoring programmes.

    If you are interested in using the experience to gather data for a thesis then Operation Wallacea has a number of research topics where they have academic expertise in the field to supervise the projects.  There are 130 academics from UK and North American universities working on the programme so there is strong supervision in the field and a number of students have won awards for the best dissertations of the year at their universities (eg Manchester, Oxford).

    Alternatively you can use the expeditions to gain field research experience to strengthen your CV. They do have research programmes in a range of different habitats; rainforest in Indonesia and Amazonia, cloud forest in Honduras, dry forest in Madagascar, mountain desert in Egypt, reefs in Indonesia, Mozambique, Egypt and Honduras and coastal forest and reefs in Cuba.

    If you are potentially interested can you email the Project Director, Dr Tim Coles and let him know whether you are interested in gathering data for a dissertation or joining as a research assistant for experience and which habitats are of most interest.  He will then email you back with suggested itineraries that might suit your research interests. Note Operation Wallacea also provides help with raising the funds needed for the expeditions.

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