Thursday, November 19, 2020
PLCY388R: Special Topics in Public Policy; Nuclear Security Policy
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Friday, November 6, 2020
REMOTE internship opportunities studying "Economic Impacts of Drought on Agriculture" OR "Evaluation of Vegetation Status in Earth system models Using Satellite Climate Data Records" - if you end up applying please let Amanda know!
Opportunities to gain remote fieldwork experience in biodiversity and conservation research
Operation Wallacea has run biodiversity research expeditions for the last 25 years to a series of sites mainly in the tropics (www.opwall.com), helping university students from around the world gain valuable experience and get their hands dirty with real biodiversity research. From tropical rainforests and European grasslands to coral reefs and Mediterranean seagrass meadows, our network of more than 200 academics lead cutting edge research projects that help to inform local conservation management strategies.
More than 500 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 here for our research assistant brochure or click here for the senior thesis brochure.
One of our lead academics is presenting about the program over the month of October, where you can learn about how to join one of these expeditions and how the data collected are being used to help with wildlife conservation measures.
The series of webinars being hosted by our academic are listed below, so please click on the webinar time and date that you can attend.
Expeditions were cancelled for 2020 but we are going ahead with a full range of expeditions for the 2021 season. The expeditions will be socially distanced (e.g. one tent per person) and if developments in the fight against the virus do not go as planned and we cannot run the 2021 expeditions, then anyone booked on for 2021 will get a cash refund.
When students sign up we give them support in how to fundraise and most students raise a good percentage or even all of the funds needed from grants, sponsorship and fundraising activities. Given the growing public concern about species extinctions and climate change getting support for joining real biodiversity research expeditions to remote areas of the tropics is increasingly possible. However, raising funds takes time which is why we like to introduce the programs to students as soon as possible in the new university year.
We have recently put together a full introductory video, it is longer than any of our other videos but it gives a great amount of information about what we do and why (view here).
For everyone who submits an expression of interest, a bespoke itinerary is created and sent to you, this is based on your interests and career objectives. To submit an expression of interest click here.