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EDGE Coral Reef Field Course July 2011

The first EDGE Coral Reefs conservation training course was held 7th to 28th July 2011.

This course is aimed at early-career scientists from Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. Applicants should be qualified to at least an undergraduate level with a keen interest in applied marine conservation and research, and a desire to pursue this career path. The course will teach vital skills in research, monitoring and management of coral reefs and will have a large practical component, including SCUBA diving and opportunities to assist with research.

There will be further support available (EDGE Fellowships) for three trainees who successfully complete the course to carry out conservation research on the three priority EDGE coral species from the Coral Triangle region.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Principles of conservation management
  • Conservation strategic planning
  • Conservation in a community context
  • Coral reef ecological monitoring
  • Coral reef health and disease

Course instructors: International and national coral reef scientists from Zoological Society of London, Essex University Coral Reef Unit and Naturalis Center of Biodiversity, Netherlands.

Course Location: The course was held at Operation Wallacea’s field site in Hoga, Indonesia. This well-equipped field station represents a superb opportunity for trainees to interact with international and national coral reef researchers and be involved in current research.

Course Logistics: Trainees’ travel and attendance at the course will be fully subsidized for the top successful applicants. Trainees’ travel arrangements will be coordinated by course staff upon confirmation of attendance. Please see Operation Wallacea website ( for more details of the site location and travel.

Application Deadline: Monday May 16th 5pm (UK time)
Applicants will be reviewed and notified within two weeks of the deadline.

To apply for this training course please submit:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae/Resume.
  • A statement of purpose indicating why you would like to participate in the course, your relevant experience, future ambitions, and your availability to undertake an EDGE Fellowship after the course (1 A4 page in length).
  • Two letters of recommendation from references. Please note letters of recommendation from appropriate referees should be sent with the application.
  • Proof of SCUBA diving skills (a scanned copy of your qualification card/certificate is sufficient).

Applicant requirements:

  • Must be a Philippines, Indonesian or Malaysian national.
  • In the early-stages of a conservation career with a desire to pursue a career in marine conservation or applied research.
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant topic.
  • PADI Open water SCUBA Diving qualification or the equivalent.
  • At least ten dives logged (preferred).
  • Must be available for the entire duration of the course (7th to 28th July excluding travel time).
  • Good English language skills (the course and associated materials will be taught in English)

Please submit applications to Catherine Head (ZSL’s EDGE Coral Reef Project Co-ordinator). Electronic versions are strongly preferred but if there are problems with this, please send by fax to 0044 (0)207 449 6579.
If you require more information, we encourage informal enquires regarding the training course.

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