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What’s in a name? Species identification and conservation efforts

What’s in a name? Species identification and conservation efforts

8th September 2020 by Darren O'Connell & Tom Martin

In a recent letter in the journal Science we examined the potential conflicts between the time it can take to obtain the type specimens necessary to describe new species, and the need to provide effective conservation actions for undescribed species at immediate…

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Calakmul goes digital… again! Generating biodiversity data from home using previous opportunistic records through iNaturalist

Calakmul goes digital… again! Generating biodiversity data from home using previous opportunistic records through iNaturalist

28th May 2020 by José António L. Barão-Nóbrega

Written by José António L. Barão-Nóbrega, photos courtesy of José António L. Barão-Nóbrega, Sophie Elliott, Sara Ferreiro Carballal, Josh Phangurha, and Ciara Loughrey If you are like me and love being out in the field you might have experienced a series of…

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Opwall’s 12 Days of Conservation

Opwall’s 12 Days of Conservation

7th January 2020 by Beth Newark

Over the last few weeks we’ve been sharing our Opwall 12 Days of Conservation – stories about conservation success and ideas from Opwall teams world wide!   Day 1: Pushing back against oil palm in Borneo! Day 2: Overhunting in Honduras Cloud…

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Aguadas, Crocodiles and the Mayan Jungle – PhD adventures of a Portuguese biologist in Mexico

Aguadas, Crocodiles and the Mayan Jungle – PhD adventures of a Portuguese biologist in Mexico

4th June 2019 by Jose Nobrega

Written by Jose Nobrega Pursuing a career in crocodilian research and conservation has been a bumpy ride. But that is what I am passionate about. From a very early age I knew that I wanted to “run off to the tropics” and…

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Finding new bird species in Sulawesi – retrospective on a PhD with Operation Wallacea Indonesia

Finding new bird species in Sulawesi – retrospective on a PhD with Operation Wallacea Indonesia

3rd May 2019 by Darren O’Connell

Written by Darren O’Connell Almost as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a Zoologist. Growing up on a steady diet of Attenborough documents, I dreamed of exploring new lands, discovering weird and wonderful species. I wanted to be the…

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Honduras – Rebuilding the Caribbean One Sea Urchin at a Time

Honduras – Rebuilding the Caribbean One Sea Urchin at a Time

28th February 2019 by Max Bodmer

Written by Dr Max Bodmer Photos courtesy of David Exton and Carol Battram Published in The Marine Biologist magazine Since the birth of the package holiday, sea urchins have wreaked havoc with the appendages of holidaymakers. For most people the waters of…

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Why is the Wallacea region so biologically interesting?

Why is the Wallacea region so biologically interesting?

1st February 2019 by Daniel Moore

Written by Daniel Moore The Wallacea region, that area of Indonesia marked by the Wallacea line to the West and the Lydekker line to the East and including Sulawesi, Timor and Lombok, is one of the most biologically interesting areas in the…

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Photo Competition Winners 2018!

Photo Competition Winners 2018!

22nd January 2019 by Olivia Farman

We are happy to announce the winners of our 2018 photo competition! Thank you to Dr Jonathan Kolby for judging the competition! Jon has worked at our Honduras terrestrial site and set up HARCC (the Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Centre)  …

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Indonesia – Dog Blog!

Indonesia – Dog Blog!

26th October 2018 by Carys Cunningham

Written by Carys Cunningham Photos Courtesy of Carys Cunningham & Arthur Arfian Opwall’s largest site, the biggest numbers we have ever had, 6 forest camps to run – surely there is no more time for our Indonesia management team to spare in…

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Madagascar – Stitch Sainte Luce

Madagascar – Stitch Sainte Luce

18th May 2018 by Emma Thurley

Written by Emma Thurley (SEED Madagascar) For the past five years Project Stitch Sainte Luce, run by SEED Madagascar, has provided embroidery training to 21 women in Sainte Luce. By drawing inspiration from the diverse local wildlife and natural landscapes, women are…

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