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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.

Why join?

  • Get involved with active research projects - over 530 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

We are currently giving talks about our work and how you can get involved!

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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 2021

  • Dissertation Topics 2021

  • School Brochure 2021/2022

   Latest from our blog

  • Field Notes Entry 10: Scott Sveiven

    Posted on 7th April 2021
    Bio: Scott Sveiven is the Director of Opwall’s US office and the Country Manager for our Guyana expeditions. Originally from Minnesota, Scott started travelling the world and exploring his passion for wildlife biology from an early age. He went on to become...
  • Field Notes Entry 9: Mo Johnson

    Posted on 18th March 2021
    Bio: Mo Johnson has run Opwall’s sales offices in SE Asia, Australia, and China since 2013, and runs our marine research site on Buton Island in Indonesia. Mo lives full time in Indonesia where Opwall has been running a reforestation project since...
  • Field Notes Entry 8: Darren O’Connell

    Posted on 18th March 2021
    Bio: Dr. Darren O’Connell is a molecular ecologist from Ireland focused on speciation. Darren completed his PhD with Opwall in Sulawesi and played a critical role in identifying the Wangi-wangi White-eye, an Indonesian bird new to science. Today, Darren is studying honey...
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