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Mexico – Akumal Marine Protected Area Conservation Mexico Opwall News Project Sites 

Mexico – Akumal Marine Protected Area

Written by Dr Kathy Slater Photos courtesy of Akumal Dive Centre For the last 5 years Operation Wallacea has been operating in a small coastal town called Akumal that consists of extensive reefs, mangroves, lagoons, beaches with a high density of nesting sea turtles, and in one particular bay; abundant seagrasses and a large (60+) resident population of immature green... Read More
Women in Conservation Science Conservation 

Women in Conservation Science

Written by Dr Danielle Gilroy (Senior Scientist & Terrestrial Research Office for Operation Wallacea) I first became aware of a gender skew in academia during my Biology undergraduate degree. Among my course-mates it was clear that there were more female undergraduate students, but when it came to the University staff the skew was reversed. At the University of Sheffield, I was... Read More
Indonesia – 3D Modelling an Artificial Reef Conservation Indonesia Project Sites 

Indonesia – 3D Modelling an Artificial Reef

Written by and photos courtesy of Alejandro Usobiaga   3D Modelling an Artificial Reef Artificial reefs have become an important tool for coral reef managers to battle reef degradation and help recruit macrofauna to the surrounding area. They can provide a refuge and settlement surface to species ranging from corals and fish to  sea turtles looking for a cheeky nap.... Read More
Madagascar – Vivacious Vangas and other Malagasy Birds Conservation Madagascar Project Sites 

Madagascar – Vivacious Vangas and other Malagasy Birds

Written by and photos courtesy of Hannah Williams     I went to Madagascar for 6 weeks with Opwall to collect data for my undergraduate dissertation project. Using bird distribution and forestry data I am aiming to determine the forestry architecture factors which affect avifauna distribution within Mahamavo forest. Following this I will construct a plan to prioritise conservation areas... Read More
Honduras – Saving Coral Reefs Conservation Expedition Diaries Honduras Project Sites 

Honduras – Saving Coral Reefs

Written by Grace Young Feature Photo Courtesy of Dave Smith We know coral reefs are degrading at an alarming rate. They’re becoming less complex and ultimately disappearing due to the effects of climate change, acidification, overfishing, and pollution. Despite covering less than 1% of the ocean floor, coral reefs support 25% of all marine life. They are fundamental to sustaining... Read More