Wednesday
Feb072018

Switching Islands for a  Day

As a weekend trip lead by frontier staff, including myself, we ventured to the island of Nosy Tanikely, which is surrounded by corals and protected from fishing as a marine park.

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Wednesday
Feb072018

A Weekend Away from  Camp

During the weekends we have the chance to leave camp and go into Hellville, the capital of Nosy Be to have some fun in a different location. The boat leaves early Saturday morning and once back in town you can enjoy having Western food and coffees, or explore the endless options of street food stalls - anything from pasta to spring rolls to seafood, and the best part is IT'S SO CHEAP.

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Wednesday
Feb072018

On  Geckos

As new principal investigator of Frontier’s terrestrial research project, my first aim after landing on Nosy Be was to get into its famously diverseforests. On my first few forays into the humid woodlands that scatter a peninsula to the southeast of Lokobe national park, I encountered a variety of herpetofauna, my speciality.

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Wednesday
Feb072018

One Week  In

Sunday 4th of February, exactly one week after arriving in Hell-Ville. In other words, the end of my first week volunteering for Frontier. One weeks adventure easily seems a lifetime now. Seven days ago, it seemed like a huge challenge and life at camp was absolutely NOT what I expected. In all fairness, no Kit list or field brief can really prepare you or give you the full picture of how things run around here. No, not what I expected at all... but much, much better.

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Wednesday
Feb072018

Collaborating with WIO Bleaching  Assessment

For the past seven years, we’ve been collecting data on the coral reefs around Nosy Be. In that time a lot has changed. The oceans have had a tumultuous time, seeing El Niño events – periods of severe sea surface temperature increase – in 2015 and 2016. The effects of these events extend to our coral reefs, causing bleaching and mortality of some corals, whilst others remain.

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