Earthwatch: Seychelles - Coral Communities in the Seychelles

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  • Location(s): Seychelles
  • Program Type(s): Volunteer, Research
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Visit Mahe Island in Seychelles to survey coastal Indian Ocean ecosystems and help protect them from global climate change. Spend work days snorkeling, diving & in the lab, while enjoying the tropics in spare time. Using a combination of di... read more

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Visit Mahe Island in Seychelles to survey coastal Indian Ocean ecosystems and help protect them from global climate change. Spend work days snorkeling, diving & in the lab, while enjoying the tropics in spare time.

Using a combination of digital photography and underwater video transects, you’ll help assess the health of one of the world’s most stunning coral reefs by measuring biodiversity and rates of coral growth around the reef and in the shallow waters of Curieuse Island, in the Seychelles. Your extensive field surveys will also help the scientists identify biodiversity hot spots, areas of reef degradation and areas that act as ecological refuge protecting corals from adverse environmental and climate effects. Simultaneously you will be involved with aquarium experiments that aim to assess the vulnerability of key coral species to climate change. The data you help collect and enter in the lab will allow scientists to identify which species in the region might be most important for tracking the effects of global climate change in the Indian Ocean.

If you'd like to participate in the diving aspects of the research, you must be scuba certified (CMAS 2 star = PADI Rescue or BASC Sports), have at least 30 logged dives, and have recent diving experience. You will also be required to bring all scuba kit.

Between full and energetic days of snorkeling, dives, and lab work you’ll have opportunities to explore the island’s nature trails or just sit back and enjoy the spectacular views and relaxing tropical climate. Learn more about Earthwatch Expedition: Coral Communities in the Seychelles.

Program Type(s):
Volunteer
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Custom
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
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