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Operation Wallacea is a research and environmental organisation, working alongside university and college academics to build long term datasets to put towards various conservation management goals. We recruit volunteers to help out with the data collection, and train them in the skills and background that's needed to help effectively. There's also the option to complete dissertations or senior theses at our sites.
The Mexico project has both marine and terrestrial components, being based in either Akumal Bay or the Calakmul biosphere reserves. The Calakmul projects are based around assessing the biodiversity of the reserve by surveying a number of key groups - butterflies and moths, reptiles, amphibians, birds, bats, and large mammals. Volunteers can get involved with each of these surveys, while being based around a site centred on an ancient Mayan city.
The marine project at Akumal is looking at the coral reefs using stereo-video surveys, as well as turtle populations.
- Excellent introduction to both forest and marine biodiversity surveys