Operation Wallacea (Opwall) is an organisation that runs a series of biological and conservation management research programs in remote locations across the world. These expeditions are designed with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind – from identifying areas needing protection, through to implementing and assessing conservation management programs.
|Operations Wallacea is funded by, and relies on, teams of student volunteers who join expeditions for the opportunity to work on real-world research programs alongside academic researchers.
Ecologists, scientists, academics and postgraduate researchers who are specialists in various aspects of biodiversity or social and economic studies are concentrated at the target study sites, which gives volunteers the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects. These surveys contribute to a large number of publications in peer-reviewed journals each year – over 270 so far, almost all of which had data collected by volunteers teams. It has also led to the discovery of 31 new species that have been formally described.
You can find all published papers by on the main Opwall.com website, by clicking here.
|Most science programs that deliver research outcomes are funded on a short term basis by grants with typically tightly restricted aims. Long-term projects covering large bio-geographical scales that can incorporate more than one ecosystem are rare.
By adopting a volunteer funded model, Opwall does not suffer from those restrictions and can draw upon researchers from a wide range of different disciplines and academic institutions, and create long term research projects.
Those researchers and academics also separate Opwall from other volunteer organisations, allowing a truly research orientated project.
|If you have a keen interest in conservation and the environment, and want to increase that knowledge while helping out real-world research programs – let us know!
US Office: +1 (973) 920-0487
Canada Office: +1 (905) 231-2095
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Our UK office handles enquiries outside of north america.