Research on coastal marine ecosystems

Project name:

Institute for Marine Research (1) - Research Assistant

Project purpose:

Conduct long-term and fine-scale research on coastal marine ecosystems, educating and transforming locally led marine conservation strategies

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

  • scuba diving

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

Marine

Philippines

South-East Asia

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Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification or credit

  • remote scenic location

  • report writing

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Dormitory/shared house

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, electricity, local shops, near-by medical, refillable drinking water, cold shower, western toilet, wifi

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

  • Minimum 18 years old.

  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.

  • No SCUBA experience necessary.

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science (or equivalent) is preferable but not essential.

  • Minimum 1-month commitment.

  • Available to begin the Research Assistant program on the 1st of each month.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Research Assistants (RAs) experience a unique opportunity to assist our Science Staff in the attainment and processing of all data collected from the Dauin Long-Term Reef Monitoring Project. This one-month course is intended as an introduction into marine conservation science.

Research Assistants will not only learn practical, theoretical, problem-solving and analytical skills that will enhance their prospects as future conservationists, but will learn how to communicate science to local stakeholders through school education and community outreach programs.

  • PADI Open Water + Advanced Open Water Diver Certifications.

  • Intimate knowledge of Coral Reef Ecosystems and Processes.

  • Intimate knowledge of Coral Reef Species Identification within the Coral Triangle.

  • Experience cultivating innovative research methodology.

  • Experience operating advanced underwater survey equipment.

  • Data processing, statistical and analytical skills.

  • Experience working directly with Marine Scientists.

  • Career guidance for prospective Marine Scientists.

  • Communicate science through Community Outreach Activities.

  • ~50 training and science dives over 4 weeks.

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