I have worked in Madagascar as a spatial ecologist and lecturer with Operation Wallacea for the summer 2015 and 2016 fieldwork seasons (mid June to early August), and I look towards the next.
Across the two years so far, I have contributed towards several ongoing conservation and ecology research projects, including running the camera trap network to observe forest mammals, not least the rare carnivores, and advising on/assisting with a number of projects. I have specifically supervised eight ‘spatial’ dissertation students (species distribution modelling and landscape ecology topics), having been provided feedback on their projects in the months prior to the trip. However, I assisted all of the students (approx. 15 per year) at some point during their projects. More generally, I presented four introductory lectures to undergraduate students and research assistants on statistics, GIS, species distribution modelling, and how to approach writing up one’s research. These were alongside a series of six lectures on biodiversity, biogeography, conservation, and culture, with specific reference to Madagascar. Read a 2015 blog post that I wrote out here.