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.
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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.
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 email
Tuesday 13th December – 10am (PST)/1pm (EST)Tuesday 13th December – 5pm (PST)/8pm (EST)
For more information and to register for the webinars you can also click here.
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.