Operation Wallacea (Opwall) is a conservation research organisation that is funded by, and relies on, teams of student volunteers who join expeditions for the opportunity to work on real-world research programmes alongside academic researchers.
Are you interested in getting involved with on-the-ground conservation research? You can join us for between 2 and 8 weeks for summer 2020, or express an interest for our projects in 2021. You’ll get to work alongside researchers on a wide array of different taxa, depending on what you’re most interested in or where you’d like to go. Each project is wildly different from the others, but you can get involved in things like mist-netting for birds and bats, camera trapping for large mammals, reef surveys, herpetofauna and invertebrate projects and many many more.
Most science programmes abroad that deliver research outcomes are funded on a short-term basis by grants with typically tightly restricted aims. Long-term projects covering large bio-geographical scales that can incorporate more than one ecosystem are rare. By adopting a volunteer funded model, Opwall does not suffer from those restrictions and can draw upon researchers from a wide range of different disciplines and academic institutions, and create long-term research projects.
Those researchers and academics also separate Opwall from other volunteer organisations, allowing a truly research orientated project. You can also find out more about peoples experiences and our projects at the Opwall Blog