South Africa – day in the life of a Gondwana research assistant

South Africa – day in the life of a Gondwana research assistant

12th October 2018 by Billy Goldstraw

Written by Billy Goldstraw Photos courtesy of Jamie Chu After a gruelling 5 hour airport transfer we finally arrived at Gondwana Reserve, we were met by the camp staff and the refreshing icy chill of the South African winter. I instantly recognised…

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Dominica – A thorough introduction to tropical ecology

Dominica – A thorough introduction to tropical ecology

8th October 2018 by Ian Thornhill

Written by and Photos Courtesy Ian Thornhill Within the Rosalie River valley, close to the Atlantic coast of Dominica, there is a place where three rivers meet. These rivers are the Stuart’s, the Clarke’s (or locally Cacao) and the Brown’s. Together they…

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School Spotlight – Edina High School

School Spotlight – Edina High School

3rd October 2018 by Lindsey Smaka

Written by and Photos Courtesy of Lindsey Smaka Edina High School has participated in Opwall expeditions to South Africa (2017) and Fiji (2018). As the students’ science teacher, I have been lucky enough to organize these two expeditions as well as participate….

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Ecuador – Project weeks 1 and 2

Ecuador – Project weeks 1 and 2

28th September 2018 by Sophia Wood

Written by Sophia Wood (Deputy Country Manager for Ecuador 2018) Photos courtesy of Dan Ward Arrival Our shapes were already blurred by dusk by the time we were loading the canoes. We fumbled to pack rucksacks, whiteboards, buckets, and nets into a…

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Peru – Geology Rocks, but Biology is Life

Peru – Geology Rocks, but Biology is Life

21st September 2018 by Kathryn Christinsen

Written by and photos courtesy of Kathryn Christinsen This summer I spent nearly three weeks in Peru on the Pacaya – Samiria National Reserve helping biologists collect data through surveys. With no exaggeration, I can say it was simply indescribable and eye-opening….

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Malawi – A brave new frontier

Malawi – A brave new frontier

11th September 2018 by Heather Gilbert

Written by Heather Gilbert Photos Courtesy of Alex Tozer & Justin Hines   We all know that biodiversity has never been more in danger than it is today. With human encroachment expanding, the wild areas in which biodiversity is traditionally thought to…

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Croatia – Opwall in Skradin (Week 1)

Croatia – Opwall in Skradin (Week 1)

24th August 2018 by Jo Fitzwilliams

It is week one and our Research Assistants and group from the German School in Helsinki arrived in Split safe and sound. We boarded the bus to the research base at the terrestrial site but we would not go there straight away…

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Guyana – From Student to Staff

Guyana – From Student to Staff

17th August 2018 by Shane Rampertab

Wrriten by and Photos Courtesy of Shane Rampertab On a whim, I applied to join the Operation Wallacea – Guyana expedition in 2016. At the time, I had a vague idea of what Opwall stood for, and I was hoping to join…

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Honduras – Journal of a Research Assistant

Honduras – Journal of a Research Assistant

25th May 2018 by Sam Rogerson

Photo Courtesy of Jon Kolby Saturday – 17/6/17 – Journal entry after one week of being in the jungle: “Jungle training was amazing. Living ‘rough’ with hammocks, a campfire and a few tarps. What a great time; true, proper trekking with funny,…

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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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Indonesia – FADs in Bau Bau

Indonesia – FADs in Bau Bau

20th April 2018 by Alejandro Usobiaga MPhil

Written by and Video courtesy of Alejandro Usobiaga MPhil Photos Courtesy of Sam Fleischmann It’s simply not enough to suggest an alternative and walk away in the hopes that someone, somewhere will make it happen. This is perhaps one of science’s most…

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Mexico – Mangrove Research

Mexico – Mangrove Research

29th March 2018 by Ian Hendy

Written by Ian Hendy Photos Courtesy of Tom Peschak Current research, in the Mangrove forests of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Mangroves are salt-tolerant trees that fringe intertidal zones populating marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats. They provide a range of ecosystem services including…

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