Hi everyone, my name is Darcie. I'm a 21 year old undergraduate student from the University of Nottingham, England studying Animal Science. I'm currently in my third year, studying conservation biology and wildlife management at the Universität für Bodenkultur in Vienna Austria.
I'm planning my dissertation thesis for this summer (2019) where i'm heading to Madagascar to complete a 6 week fieldwork expedition studying a variety of factors affecting the community ecology of different lemur species. I will be joining the Operation Wallacea research team consisting of a dedicated group of scientists all experts in their field.
The reason for this project is to aid and justify the continued protection of lemurs and other endemic species found on this incredible island. Lemurs are known to be crucial to the delicate balance of ecosystems, however the effects of recent changes mostly caused by humans have altered this balance, which is why this research is critical to furthering our understanding the effects, for example habitat loss, have on lemur community structure. Ultimately helping ensure the stability and preservation of ecosystems as a whole.
To be able to collect the latest data for my thesis I need to be in the field on site. The unique habitat and species found in Madagascar is present nowhere else, making it an unique area to study. Due to its remote location, there is still data missing from the species that live here, which is why there is a lot of ongoing research to improve this understand.
Risks and challenges
This expedition alone is costing me nearly £3500 with flights, equipment and visas on top. In total this will come to around £5000. So far in my planning I have been funding this by my self, but I am going to need some help to reach the full amount, and make this project happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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