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Welcome to Operation Wallacea

Conservation research through academic partnerships

Welcome to Operation Wallacea

Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research expeditions.

Research is supported by students who join the programme, to strengthen their CV or resume or collect data for a dissertation or thesis. Academics benefit from funding for high quality fieldwork enabling them to publish papers in peer reviewed journals. This model enables the collection of large temporal and spatial datasets used for assessing the effectiveness of conservation management interventions.

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Why join?

  • Get involved with active research projects - over 360 papers published to date
  • Expeditions to some of the most remote and stunning places worldwide
  • A focus on environmental education and conservation
  • No prior experience or knowledge needed - just an interest in the world around you

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  • A truly unique experience. The biodiversity in Madagascar is something that should be witnessed by every biologist. The skills gained here I feel will be career forming.

    Russel Frew
    University of Manchester
  • A once in a lifetime opportunity that has really helped me to decide what I would like to do with my degree! Really interesting and incredibly fun.

    Eleanor Mason
    University of York
  • Opwall is the best opportunity to not only study a great subject but to meet new people who also love  science! I would recommend it for anyone planning to be a scientist.

    Brittany Bruce
    Indian River State College
  • Having done other conservation projects with other companies before, I thought I knew what to expect, but this Opwall project couldn’t have surprised and blown me away any more. I’ve fallen in love with Romania, beautiful landscapes, animals and all of the inspirational team members.

    Grace Padden
    University of Newcastle
  • I couldn’t imagine a more incredible and awe-inspiring experience. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to be here. Losing yourself in the jungle with fun and like-minded scientists in a learning rich environment- what more could you possibly ask for?

    Harry Hartley
    University of Bath
  • I would highly recommend being a research assistant in Peru! The large selection of surveys available gives a huge appreciation of the amazing biodiversity present in the Amazon as well as giving you experinece at a large variety of survey skills. Beneficial as well as unforgetable.

    Victoria Curley
    University of Aberdeen

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  • University Brochure 2019

    University Brochure 2019

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  • School Brochure 2019/20

    Opwall Brochure 2019

   Latest from our blog

  • School Spotlight! – Parade College, Melbourne

    Posted on 13th November 2018
    Written by Rachael Costanzo Video by Tim Jacobs Cover photo courtesy of Michele Murphy The Wallace region in Indonesia is extremely remote- leaving Australia it took us three days, three planes, a 10-hour car ride and a 2-hour hike with our 15kg...
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  • Ecuador – Project weeks 3 to 5

    Posted on 9th November 2018
    Words and photos courtesy of Sophia Wood (Deputy Country Manager for Ecuador 2018) Week 3 and 4 Bringing in two school groups at a time always makes for a bit of an interesting social experiment. Sometimes, the two mix like they had...
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  • Madagascar – mist netting and elephants’ nests

    Posted on 2nd November 2018
    Written by Alexandra Birtles These are the extremes of my time as a volunteer research assistant in Madagascar – two weeks spent in the forest in Mariarano and two weeks marine in Nosy Be. The early morning mist netting with Solohery was...
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