In July 2018 I'll be heading to Madagascar for 4 weeks, with Operation Wallacea. My first 3 weeks will be spent doing terrestrial research, with my last week spent doing marine. My first week will include receiving lectures about the Madagascar wildlife and conservation, with the majority of those 3 weeks rotating through a series of research projects. I will be studying terrestrial animals in the Mahamavo forests, such as lemurs, crocodiles, butterflies, and chameleons. During my final week there, I'll be spending a week at the marine site on Nosy Komba island, completing the PADI Open Water dive training course.
Operation Wallacea run many expeditions around the globe, centred around biological and conservation research in remote locations, resulting in numerous publications in peer reviewed journals each year, with 30 new vertebrate species being discovered, 4 'extinct' species being rediscovered, and $2 million levered from funding agencies to set up best practice management examples at study sites.