Operation Wallacea is a biodiversity and climate research organisation. We
are giving a series of online seminars to talk to students about the
biodiversity field research experience and skills they can gain over
the coming summer by joining one of our expeditions. I was hoping you
would be able to share this information with your students.
Below, I have included a link to a PowerPoint slide which has all
the relevant information that could be displayed at the start/end of
lectures (or one electronic noticeboards around the department). I have
also attached below an email that can be sent out directly to students,
if you are able to do so.
PNG image link and PowerPoint link.
Operation Wallacea have been running biodiversity research expeditions for
the last 25 years in a series of sites around the world. Each year up to
200 academics, postdocs and PhD students join us on expedition to complete
their field research. In this time, the survey teams have published
over 600 papers in peer reviewed journals from these intensive research
programmes. The programmes are funded by students who pay tuition fees
to gain field experience, working with teams of scientists or gathering
data for their dissertation. As well as this, we have professional fund
raisers who can direct students on grant and activities that can help
them reduce or even eliminate the costs of joining our programmes.
With the pandemic, our research programmes have been scaled back however
for 2023 we are still running our projects in Croatia, South Africa,
Mexico, Honduras, Madagascar and Indonesia.
If you have any questions, are interested in any of the work we have
mentioned above or would personally like to get involved with Operation
Wallacea,please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please do also reply to
this email to let us know if you are able to share this with your students,
as this allows us to monitor our outreach.
Many thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
Dr Tim Coles OBE
Project Director and Founder, Operation Wallacea (opwall.com
CEO, rePLANET (replanet.org.uk
Founder and Advisor to the Wallacea Trust (wallaceatrust.org
Opportunities to gain remote fieldwork experience in biodiversity and
Operation Wallacea has run biodiversity research expeditions for the last
25 years to a series of sites (mainly biodiversity hotspots) worldwide
), helping university students from around the world
gain valuable experience and get their hands dirty with real biodiversity
research. From dense jungle and European grasslands to coral reefs and
Mediterranean seagrass meadows, our network of more than 200 academics
assist in developing and leading cutting edge research projects that
help to inform local conservation management strategies.
More than 600 papers including some in high impact journals such as
Nature and PNAS have been published from these annual programs, so by
joining the field surveys you are guaranteed a high level of academic
involvement. By working alongside these academics, students either gain
broad experience as research assistants or to gather data for their
independent research project (thesis). The expeditions vary in length
from 2 to 6 weeks during the month of June to August.
Click to view our research assistant sites or
Click to view the topics available for dissertation/masters thesis
A number of our leading scientists are holding a series of webinars,
where you can learn about how to join one of these expeditions, how the
data collected are being used to help with wildlife conservation measures
and what benefits there could be to you and the career path you forge.
Click on the time and date below to register for the talk you would
like to attend. If for any reason you can’t attend but are interested in
finding out more then please firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 13th December – 10am
(PST)/1pm (EST)Tuesday 13th December – 5pm
For more information and to register for the webinars you can also
After we successfully returned to a number of our research sites last
year,we are excited to continue supporting the local communities and
research needs at our established sites.
The expeditions carry a cost and when students sign up we give them
support in how to fundraise. Most students raise a good percentage or
even all of the funds needed from grants, sponsorship and fundraising
activities. Many universities provide a good level of financial
support, we also have professional fund raisers to provide support and
advice. Given the growing public concern about environmental protection,
species extinctions and climate change getting support for joining real
biodiversity research expeditions is increasingly possible. However,
raising funds takes time and planning which is why we like to introduce
the programs to students as soon as possible in the new university year.
Watch our introductory overview video(view here)which outlines who Opwall
are and the fantastic work we do. Want to watch the full version? You
can find it here.