Mexico

During the summer of 2015 I was a staff member of the awesome mammal team on the Mexican research site from Operation Wallacea (Opwall). Their terrestrial research site is based in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, which is a huge protected area with a beautiful Maya ruin somewhere 60 km in the reserve. During this project we took students into the field to get them familiar with scientific research and/or just to have this ‘jungle experience’.
More info about the project on http://opwall.com/undergrad-research-assistants/locations/mexico/ 

Besides mammals there was also research on bats, birds, reptiles & amphibians, habitat, butterflies, monkeys, … every week we had a school group coming over the experience all these different facets of field biology.

BurdGIS provides a map story with more information on the different camps Operation Wallacea is using in Calakmul, check it out.

Read more about the project en my experiences in the blog posts below. Additionally you cab check stories from the Honduran Opwall research site, or read other stories from the field.

base camp

Blog/Articles

Operation Wallacea review

Review of two Operation Wallacea terrestrial sites

Operation Wallacea Terrestrial Sites Mexico and Honduras The aim of this article is to give some more information on two research sites of Operation Wallacea (Opwall) which I visited as a staff member. More specifically, Calakmul (terrestrial research site of Opwall Mexico) and Cusuco (terrestrial research site of Opwall Honduras). Although I intend to help potential participants to further explore the options and make a decision on which Opwall site to visit, I want to stress out it’s my own opinion …
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Mexico-Calakmul

8 weeks of research with Opwall in Calakmul (Mexico)

Our Research So far Mexico has been great. Due to a lack of internet in the jungle, here is an update on my time in Calakmul National Park. I was a staff member of the awesome mammal team in a research project from Operation Wallacea (Opwall). Besides mammals, there was also research on bats, birds, herps, habitat, butterflies, monkeys, … every week we had a school group coming over the experience all these different facets of field biology. Anyway, the …
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Mexico-Cancun

Cancun: nightlife and wildlife

Me and my luggage arrived safe and well in Cancun, Mexico. My flight from Brussels to Madrid was about an hour delayed. Luckily there was an airport steward waiting for us to get us as fast as possible to the gate for Cancun. I have spent my first 2 days in downtown Cancun, and now I’m near the beach enjoying some free time before catching the bus to the Mexican jungle at 5 AM on Saturday (tomorrow).For people joining this …
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Mexico-Start

Cancun-Mexico

It’s time for a new adventure. I’m off to Mexico to join a research project in the Calakmul Nature Reserve. I will try to post some updates, but I’m not sure how easy it will be over there. More info about the project: http://opwall.com/undergrad-research-assistants/locations/mexico/ Check out other projects/blogs: Opwall 2015: Mexico Opwall 2016: Honduras Belize Other blogs from this Central American adventure: Cancun: Nightlife and Wildlife 8 weeks of research with Opwall in Calakmul (Mexico) Volunteering with Panthera Belize: Part …
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