Overview

Our expeditions help volunteers gain field work experience by working alongside conservation scientists, attending ecology and biodiversity lectures, and helping us collect primary data to inform conservation management strategies. Help us collect data on birds, bats, butterflies, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. As well as habitat surveys that underpin all the other data and allow us to look at the big picture of the whole ecosystem – and what needs to be done to save it.

From tropical rainforests and European grasslands, to coral reefs and Mediterranean seagrass meadows, our network of over 200 researchers lead cutting edge research projects that inform conservation management strategies and save species at risk of extinction.

We have research projects in:

  • Croatia
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador & The Galapagos
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Portugal
  • South Africa
  • Transylvania
  • The United Kingdom

A good level of English is required as the lectures and instructions will be given in English. If you are at university, you can join an Opwall expedition to collect data for your dissertation/thesis project. Some universities also award credit for joining our programmes as Independent Study or as an Internship.

If you want to hear more about our expeditions as well as the other opportunities we offer you can join a free webinar at https://www.opwall.com/free-webinar/ or send us an email at universities@opwall.ac.uk

About Operation Wallacea

Operation Wallacea has run biodiversity research expeditions for the last 25 years to a series of sites (mainly biodiversity hotspots) worldwide (www.opwall.com), helping university students from around the world gain valuable experience and get their hands dirty with real biodiversity research.

Our network of academics and researchers separate Opwall from other volunteer organisations, allowing a truly research orientated project, and our volunteer funded model allows the volunteers who join us to take part in long-term projects covering large bio-geographical scales that can incorporate more than one ecosystem. You can find out more about peoples experiences and our projects at the Opwall Blog.

In the last two years we have also worked extremely hard to develop and offer as many opportunities as we can to help volunteers get involved in conservation. We have introduced a number of European sites including two projects in the UK which focus on rewilding and developing skills for a career in UK conservation, and for those students looking to develop their skills at home we now offer virtual internships in skills such as introductions to R coding, wildlife photography, science and geography and project management.

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