Presentation on theme: "Madagascar. What is Operation Wallacea? Tropical scientific expeditions in 15countries 200+ academics running more than 120 projects Results published."— Presentation transcript:
What is Operation Wallacea? Tropical scientific expeditions in 15countries 200+ academics running more than 120 projects Results published in peer-reviewed journals
What is Operation Wallacea? 30 new vertebrate species to science discovered Large temporal and spatial data sets obtained from tuition fee funded model Data used to assess the performance of conservation management programmes
Global Research and Conservation Strategy Stage 1 - Assessing ecosystem diversity and function Stage 2 - Monitoring ecosystem change Stage 3 - Monitoring socio-economic change Stage 4 - Establishing & monitoring the effectiveness of conservation management programmes
Madagascar Wildlife Course Introduction to Madagascar Biogeography and evolution of Madagascar wildlife Species concept (endemic amphibian, reptile bird and mammal species in Madagascar) Biodiversity conservation in Madagascar People in Madagascar (major cultures and languages) Conservation synthesis (how the data are being used).
Travel Schedule for Madagascar (part 1) Friday – arrive in Antanararivo and overnight Saturday - overland to Mahajanga and overnight at hotel Sunday - taxi brousse to Mariarano and start prohect at 1600hrs Monday to Friday: Madagascan Wildlife Ecology course and surveys in the Mariarano forests Saturday – leave for marine site
Travel Schedule for Madagascar (part 2) Saturday – taxi brousse to main road and Akarafantsika National Park and overnight Sunday – look around Ankarafantsika & transfer by bus to Ambanja and overnight Monday - boat to Nosy Be and start marine week Tuesday to Friday: dive training or reef ecology course Saturday – fly from Nosy Be to Antananarivo to catch international flights home
Health & Safety Issues Training of students in safety procedures Risk assessments Medical cover Communications Political instability Emergency evacuation plans prepared for all sites Expedition is compliant with BS8848 and LoTC Accident statistics published
Links to Exams, Course Work, and University Entry Relevant practicals and lectures for IB, AP, A level or Highers IB – extended essay, CAS, PSOW Stand alone extended project EPQ UK universities – University Award or CoPE US universities – course credit University applications and interviews
Example research questions for IB, EPQ or CoPE How do bird communities of Madagascar compare with those found on the African mainland? What is different about the Madagascar herpetofauna compared to the rest of Africa? How does the 2003 Dreamworks movie depiction of Madagascar wildlife differ from the real fauna? How can satellite images help conservation efforts in Madagascar? What are the main threats to Madagascar wildlife? Why are the tenrecs of Madagascar so unusual?