I’ve recently accepted a unique opportunity of a lifetime to volunteer on a remote coral atoll in the South-West Indian Ocean for a period of 6-8 months. The peculiar life supported by the atoll together with its natural beauty means that it is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Special Nature Reserve and a Ramsar Wetland Site of International Importance.
I will be living and working alongside an international community of scientists, volunteers and staff to study organisms of high scientific value. My role will involve data processing and assisting in the monitoring of flora and fauna, some of which can be found nowhere else in the world. I’ll be carrying out basic data cleaning and performing analyses, method development, report writing, mapping and lending a hand with other tasks around camp.
Research on the Atoll:
- Aldabra tortoise monitoring
- Land bird monitoring programme
- Plant phenology monitoring