South Africa – We’ll never forget

South Africa – We’ll never forget

20th December 2017 by Lauren Doubek & Erika Stanish

Written by and photos courtesy of Lauren Doubek & Erika Stanish Africa is a place of extremes. The weather changes in an instant from freezing cold to boiling hot. The scenery changes from barren to lush. The drives go from breathing in…

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Mexico – 2 years, 2 expeditions

Mexico – 2 years, 2 expeditions

24th November 2017 by Krysten Martin

Written by Krysten Martin Photos  Courtesy of Krysten Martin and Vivek Manthri I initially came to Mexico in the 2016 field season for four weeks as a research assistant. I was looking for a place to conduct my senior research project/dissertation and…

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Madagascar – Sunrise with the lemurs

Madagascar – Sunrise with the lemurs

17th November 2017 by Quinn Parker

Written by and Photos Courtesy of Quinn Parker I recently read an article that claimed that if you spend just forty-eight hours out in nature, your outlook on life can improve. You begin to relax; you feel rejuvenated, and you spend a…

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Peru – Hip-hop hooray

Peru – Hip-hop hooray

10th November 2017 by Emily Tees

Written by and Photos Courtesy of Emily Tees Cover Photo Courtesy of  Mark Bowler This summer I had the utmost pleasure of spending almost three weeks in the Peruvian Amazon with other Southridge students on a biology trip. While in Peru, we…

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Honduras – Utila, Tela and sea urchins

Honduras – Utila, Tela and sea urchins

3rd November 2017 by Adam Heath

Written by Adam Heath Photos courtesy of Matt Bassett and Carol Battram During the summer of 2017 I spent 6 weeks with Opwall in Honduras splitting my time equally between their two marine sites: one near the town of Tela on the…

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Indonesia – Global FinPrint update

Indonesia – Global FinPrint update

27th October 2017 by Samantha Sherman

Written by and photos courtesy of Samantha Sherman This summer was the second Global FinPrint field trip to the Bau Bau Marine Site but it was the first trip that included OpWall Research Assistants (RAs). The Global FinPrint Project (www.globalfinprint.org), a Paul…

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Mexico – Don’t bug me

Mexico – Don’t bug me

20th October 2017 by Christopher Cook

Written by and photos courtesy of Christopher Cook Feature photo courtesy of Saskia Van Dongen If you are an entomologist, an arthropod enthusiast or just someone that has a fascination for invertebrates then I highly recommend visiting the Calakmul bio reserve in…

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Peru – Enter the Forest

Peru – Enter the Forest

6th October 2017 by Dael Sassoon

Written by and photos courtesy of Dael Sassoon Photos courtesy of Fabian Mulhberger One thought kept echoing in my mind since the first day of the expedition: I don’t want to leave. Considering I only stayed in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve for two…

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Indonesia – ‘Shake’ your wrasse

Indonesia – ‘Shake’ your wrasse

15th September 2017 by

Around a week before I set out for Operation Wallacea’s base in Indonesia for my eight week stay as a research assistant, a thought occurred to me. I realized that despite all the work I had done in picking out a program…

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Guyana – What big EARS you have!

Guyana – What big EARS you have!

1st September 2017 by Burton Lim

Written by Burton Lim, Royal Ontario Museum Photo Courtesy of Justin Isip Bat netting began with a bang at Turtle Mountain for the start of the 2017 Opwall monitoring at Iwokrama Forest in Guyana.  The first night we caught 10 bats representing…

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Peru – Volunteering in the Land of Mirrors

Peru – Volunteering in the Land of Mirrors

25th August 2017 by Jasmine Clark

Written by and photos courtesy of Jasmine Clark You know you are deep in the jungle when the dawn chorus is not birds, but the strange call of the howler monkeys. To the untrained ear of a newly-arrived research assistant, it sounds…

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Madagascar – Dissertation Students’ researches and more

Madagascar – Dissertation Students’ researches and more

18th August 2017 by Joseph Bailey

Written by Joseph Bailey Cover photo courtesy of Alex Toser For the third year in a row, I have had the privilege of supervising and advising on a whole range of dissertation students’ projects in the dry forests of north-west Madagascar, with…

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