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Bolivia

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Bolivia Expedition 2014 will be based in Barba Azul Reserve in Beni Region. The expedition will collaborate with Armonia – Bolivian Birdlife International partner – who purchased the reserve which recently doubled in size. Our aim is to assess the regeneration of area and carry out biological surveys. These include botanical, mammalian, herpetological, avian and ecological studies which will hopefully help us to increase biological understanding of the region. Local scientists will be involved in the expedition and will help with the inventory of species diversity within the reserve.

Our main aims are to maintain and improve protection of the reserve while continuing to monitor blue throated macaws populations; to promote biological research on other elements of the reserves flora and fauna with specific respect to vulnerable and threatened species; to expand the reserves area and implement management strategies that will best preserve the reserves natural community as a whole. Most notably, this year managing and monitoring the effects on biodiversity of a new, experimental, rotational burn management plan which has been implemented within the reserves grasslands.

The expedition will run from approximately mid July to early September and will last 8 weeks with 7 weeks spent in the savannah and 1 week to account for travelling and acclimatization. The cost is £850 which includes accommodation, travel and food but involves a lot of fundraising effort too.

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Egypt

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The University of Glasgow Egypt Marine Expedition 2014 is the second year this expedition has run, and the university’s only marine focused student lead research expedition. This years research will expand on last years projects, looking primarily at the anthropogenic impact upon Red Sea coral reefs in and around the tourist resort of Dahab, South Sinai. Specifically, the five research topics of the 2013 expedition were: the impact of marine protected areas, coralline algae abundance, socio-economic supply chains of Dahab fisheries, calculating the abundance of common reef fish using photo-identification methods and parasite infection of groupers. These topics have excellent potential to be part of an honours or masters thesis, and can easily be developed with the help of the expedition advisers, along with any further ideas on new projects. It is also important to continue this years public outreach in order to communicate the expeditions research and aims to a wider audience. This will involve organising school visits, doing talks, keeping up to date with blogs and the website and thinking of new innovative ways to increase public awareness of our scientific research. For the expedition to run, around £18,000 will be needed which will be achieved through successful grant writing and extensive fundraising. A team of up to 8 persons, including two leaders, is needed to work effectively together in order to raise funds and plan the research and logistics. The expedition will run from mid-June to the end of July for around 6 weeks and will require a personal contribution of £600-700. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of and/or lead an exciting research expedition!

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Iceland

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Skálanes Nature and Heritage Centre, the base of the Iceland expedition, is in The East of Iceland, 17km from the town of Seyðisfjörður. We’ve had incredibly successful previous expeditions and are looking for the same this year. Skálanes, an eider farm, is based on the edge of a fjord, surrounded by incredible numbers of different birds and seabird colonies. Wildlife is also a great draw with reindeers, arctic foxes, whales, porpoises and dolphins being regular visitors. All of this, plus the beautiful geography of mountains, rivers, waterfalls, wetlands and extensive grassland mean that we’ve had a large range of projects, which we want to continue and broaden this year. There are facilities to help with the projects, but the actual location is the greatest attribute of all. The project will run for six weeks with fundraising done throughout the year before. Ideally we want six people to go out, be involved in the science, culture and wonderment of it all. We’re looking for students who are interested and keen to get outside the classroom, learn and teach others and fully-participate in this truly phenomenal location.

Thank you. We’re look forward to meeting you at interviews.

Link to Skálanes Nature and Heritage Centre: http://www.skalanes.com/

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Peru

peru1The main objectives for this expedition are to look at the effect of human disturbance on wildlife abundance and distribution. This is studied in three forest types of varying human disturbance: Primary, secondary and disturbed rain forest. There is a diverse range of organisms found in the Peruvian rain forest. This is reflected in our study of mammals, butterflies, aves and amphibians. During data collection team members will use the following methods:

• Camera trapping
• Visual encounter surveys
• Sound recording
• Audio encounters
• Animal track and scat identification
• Carbon sampling

The expedition works alongside the CREES foundation at the Manu Learning centre in the buffer zone of the Manu National park. http://www.crees-manu.org/ Here we will be living and working in CREES facilities alongside other researchers and volunteers.

The expeditions runs for a total of 7 weeks in the jungle with an additional week beforehand to account for travelling time and acclimatisation. The expedition cost a total of £900 which includes travel, food and accommodation. Additional funds are raised through grants and team fundraising which are essential to the success of the expedition.

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Tobago

tobago2The Tobago Expedition works with an already established local, non-governmental organisation, N.E.S.T or North East Sea Turtles. The aim of the expedition is to work closely alongside the organisation and enable them to continue conserving the local sea turtles and their coastal and marine habitats. This will be divided into four key areas:
1. Protection and monitoring of the local marine turtle species.
2. Educating and increasing public awareness.
3. Promotion of community-based ecotourism.
4. Research and data collection, with a view to assessing population sizes and conservation priorities.

The expedition also carries out research into the local amphibian populations by cataloguing species found and creating a geographic map of their locations. This research has focused on frogs, however, this year Lizards will be incorporated into the research. All aspects of the expedition provide students with invaluable fieldwork experience.

The expedition comprises of 12 students and runs for 10 weeks, usually beginning the first week of June. Fundraising is very important in the run up to the expedition and essential to its success. Additional funds can be gained through grants, however personal contributions are expected to be around £700 depending on flight expenses, this covers food and accommodation.

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Trinidad

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The Exploration Society has been sending students to Trinidad since 1989 and 2014 will be the 20th visit to the island! If there was ever a year to come on this expedition then this is it! In the past the expedition has looked at everything from fossil corals to insect life histories. This year we have four main project proposals….

Amphibian behaviour and reproductive strategies
The last 2 years we have been audio and visually surveying for 3 threatened frog species found in Trinidad – Prititmantis urichi, Flectonotus fitzgeraldi, Mannophryne trinitatis. We have surveyed different sites over the Northern Range to allow estimations of the populations of each frog at each site. We hope to use this data as a proxy to create a base line population for these species over the northern range. We have also conducted several “Mass Captures”, catching the Trinidadian Stream Frog – Mannophryne trinitatis. We will be continuing this work as well as possibly surveying in the central range and for other species.

Turtle conservation and behaviour
Working mostly on Fishing Pond beach on Trinidad’s east coast, the team work closely with TVT (Turtle Village Trust) to protect and monitor the turtles that nest there. On a normal ‘turtles’ evening, the team can expect to start work at around 8pm and return home around 2am. In the past we have looked at the nesting process of the turtles and how they thermoregulate their bodies during laying. This project is about research and conservation and is a main focus of the expeditions research.

http://turtlevillagetrust.org

Bat diversity and conservation
Last year our work consisted of a species diversity study in the northern range of Trinidad. This also included cave exploration where population counts were carried out. Bats were caught using various trapping techniques such as mist and hand nets. All 68 species of bats are on the vermin list which means that their habitat is readily being lost and bats destroyed because there are no laws to protect them. It’s also very important for conservation efforts on the island as very little is known about which species are found where. Our work could not go ahead without the partnership we have with Trinibats, a research and conservation organisation set up by Daniel Hargreaves and Geoffrey Gomes. We aim to carry on this important work for expeditions to come.

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Comparative coastlines
As an island Trinidad is the proud owner of some very interesting coastlines, from a quick glance at Google Earth this is evident. The north and south are shaped by tectonics – this is why we have the spectacular Northern Range mountains, the east coast is exposed to the fierce Atlantic Ocean, creating some really interesting coastal features and beautiful beaches and the west coast is sheltered as it sits in the shadow of Venezuela, there are large amounts of large amounts of sediment in the water here, making it largely different from the east. This study will explore the differences in these coasts – what we expect to find and what is actually there.

Conservation awareness education in schools
During the first few weeks of the expedition we try to visit as many schools as we can educating the local children about why we visit Trinidad and what we do when we are there. Normally, we try to collect visual aids from the forest to take with us.

For more information visit last years blog – http://trinidadexpedition2013.wordpress.com

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Cyprus

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Turtlewatch is a marine conservation project that was established in 1991 by the Royal Air Force. The main turtle nesting beaches on Akrotiri peninsula are situated approximately 7 km from RAF Akrotiri and are within the Sovereign Base Area. Students of the University of Glasgow have been working with Turtlewatch for the last 15 years, and this is the 16th year the expedition has been organised by the Exploration Society of the University of Glasgow. During the expedition the participants will be focusing on the conservation and monitoring of the turtle population within this area.

Glasgow University Exploration Society is planning a three month expedition to the Akrotiri peninsula in Southern Cyprus during the summer of 2014. It is planned to run between June until mid-September, to coincide with the laying and hatching periods, where each member of the team will be out in Cyprus for 5 weeks.

The expedition has three main aims:

1. To carry out active conservation work on the Mediterranean turtles nesting on the beaches of the Akrotiri and Episkopi peninsula in Southern Cyprus.

2. To raise awareness amongst local inhabitants about the need to conserve marine turtles. This will be achieved by running an information centre and organising public excavations. Throughout the summer there will be a strong emphasis on keeping members of the public updated on our activities.

3. To provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to experience fieldwork that will hopefully be of benefit to them in their future careers.

The expedition is the ideal opportunity for anyone with a passion for conservation, to help make a difference to this beautiful population of marine turtles, whilst gaining valuable skills such as team building and fieldwork techniques, to name a few.

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Remote Scotland

This is brand new expedition. There were many expedition across Scotland in the past and the last one dates to 1973. The idea is to send a few students to collect various data. Not only is this a great opportunity for students that maybe don’t have much time over the summer and thus cannot apply for other expeditions but also for students that are thinking about carrying out an honours project in Scotland.

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