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Available July 2021 to December 2022

My name is Matthew and I am currently a Biology Bsc (Hons) student studying at the University of Bath. On graduating I hope to spend several years travelling, completing my dive instructor and tech diving qualifications and volunteering to gain experience in marine conservation. Within this period I would welcome the opportunity to apply my scientific skills gained at university (predicted 2.1) to such field leading research projects carried out at LIRS.

I am a qualified PADI dive-master with a 100+ dives at the point (March 2020). These cover a variety of locations and conditions including Egypt, Oman, Thailand, Sardinia (cave diving) and Gili Trawangan, Indonesia where I carried out my dive-master training. If accepted onto a research project I will complete all necessary preliminary requirements prior to my arrival including an AS2299 diving medical in Australia and also ensure my CPR training and emergency oxygen provider training are up to date.

It has always been a dream of mine to dive the GBR and now more than ever with the increasing threat of coral bleaching occurring. However, on watching the well renowned documentary 'Chasing coral’ some years ago this dream has since changed to not just dive the reef but be a part of the movement to save it. I believe this work will be the first step on that journey.

In regard to field experience, I currently have little except what I learnt through the dive-master programme. However, gaining this is to be a priority in the early stages of my travels. I have already researched/contacted a number of organisations ahead of time an example being the Gili Ecotrust, who run a Boirocks project of Gili Trawangan which I am told I could become involved with.

More specific to my aptitude to island life, through my time in the army cadet force in school I have learnt not to be fussy and to deal with uncomfortable living conditions, thus am perfectly competent working in strenuous environments that others may have issue with. Furthermore, through this experience I have learnt discipline and organisation, which would be essential in such an environment, not only to ensure efficient use of time but also reduce irritation to co-researchers in the intense living conditions. I also have experience working in kitchens and the catering industry and could offer these skills to the research team during our stay. I do not smoke and am an easy going and communicative individual. Registered 10 March 2020

Available from February to June 2020

My name is Neil and I am a resident of the UK, but traveling on a temporary activity (408) visa sponsored by the UNSW where I am presently a visiting fellow in the School of Medicine.

I am able to volunteer as I work as a self-employed scientist since taking voluntary severance from the University of Manchester (Faculty of Life Science) which was my last full-time employer. Although I am currently undertaking research activity at UNSW on a short-term visit of three months I would also be free to do voluntary work following this for a few months.

I would like to volunteer because I have career interest in science and natural history and deeply care about the environment and the effects of climate change. I already have some experience in voluntary coral monitoring.

I have been diving in Australia for the last 15 years, am qualified to PADI Instructor level and most of my diving has been in Australia, including on the GBR where I have obtained my DiveMaster and Instructor qualifications. My Instructor training and certification was done with Deep Sea Divers Den in Cairns and I worked as an intern with them in 2015/2016. This was, of course, during a coral bleaching event which I witnessed and during which I conducted some voluntary coral monitoring

If accepted into a research team, I will obtain an AS 2299 dive medical in Australia prior to the trip and I will obtain refresher training and certification in first aid and medical oxygen administration as required. Such training and certification was of course required for both the DiveMaster and Instructor qualification.

I am qualified with BSc and PhD and spent 30 years as an academic, with a particular interest in the evolutionary biology of sensory hearing and balance as well as bioacoustics (including with aquatic animals). I do not have a marine biological qualification but have a very strong interest in this subject and having spent some time underwater on the reef and am pretty good at species identification. I am an excellent cook and also a musician so would be happy to provide entertainment too. Registered 9 Dec 2019

Available from mid-June to the end of September 2020

My name is Kaila and I am currently a second year Marine & Freshwater Biology student at Aberystwyth University. I am eager to pursue a summer internship of 2 to 4 months starting in June/July 2020.

I am a PADI Dive Master & DSD Leader and have more than 100 logged dives. Over the summer of 2019 I worked as a Divemaster in a SCUBA school in the south of Spain. Most of my dives have been undertaken in the Mediterranean Sea, but I have some experience of diving in the Caribbean and in South America. If accepted into a research team, I will obtain an AS 2299 dive medical in Australia prior to the trip and I will obtain training and certification in first aid and medical oxygen administration as required. As a passionate diver, I have always wanted to combine my love of SCUBA, with marine conservation and academic research.

I have various lab and fieldwork experience from my time as a student at university (aquatic sampling techniques, applied aquatic conservation, vertebrate organisms dissection, designing and conducting surveys, data analysis & critical evaluation, writing scientific reports etc.) I also have extracurricular experience working in a small team when teaching at a SCUBA diving school in Spain, as a handball trainer, and in various restaurants. Furthermore, I volunteered in the Bolivian jungle for 3 months, undertaking conservation work, protecting endangered species whilst living in a very isolated location. Registered 29 Jan 2020