Tropical Field Researchers

Operation Wallacea


Volunteer • Full Time Tim Coles

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, environmental education

Closing date: Thursday, 30th April 2020  

Operation Wallacea (Opwall) is an organisation that funds international teams of researchers to complete biodiversity monitoring programmes at 40 sites around the world each year. These programmes are funded by tuition fees paid by students who then get the chance to work alongside these researchers. This model allows us to fund long term research, with some sites now having over 20 years of data on multiple taxa collected using consistent survey methods and sampling effort. The research programmes run for 6 – 7 weeks each year in from June to August.

We have several opportunities for late stage or recently-finished PhD students or postdocs in Life Sciences to spend 6 – 7 weeks between June and August 2020 in one of our research sites. The role would involve helping to coordinate the research teams, giving pre-written lectures to undergraduates and also developing opportunities for collaborative papers. The Opwall programmes from these short 2-month seasons have published nearly 500 papers in peer reviewed journals to date, including many in high impact journals. The existence of extensive historical data sets at some of the sites opens opportunities for many more publications.

The contracts are for 6 – 7 weeks and all travel, food and accommodation are paid, plus a wage depending on experience for the posts. The posts are in locations such as the Wallacea region of Indonesia, Borneo, Madagascar, Peruvian and Ecuadorian Amazon, Guyana, among other terrestrial sites. In addition, we have posts available at our marine research sites in the Coral Triangle, Madagascar and the Caribbean.

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