Since 2003, visiting scientists and students from around the world have been visiting Blue Ventures’ field site in Andavadoaka, southwest Madagascar, to work on independent research projects and dissertations. In addition to our Madagascar research site we have a project in Northern Belize, where independant researchers are similarly welcome.
Visiting scientists and students can research a wide range of conservation and ecological projects based at our field sites in Madagascar and Belize. Volunteers who join Blue Ventures’ six-week conservation expeditions may also be able to use their time on expedition to earn credit toward their university courses.
Past research projects have covered such diverse issues as ecological monitoring of coral reefs and feasibility studies for tourism development in the region. A list of previous project titles is available here.
Blue Ventures does not offer funding for independent research projects, but we can host students and researchers and our field staff are able to provide supervision and guidance to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Our Independent Research Package offers project guidance and supervision, food and accommodation, site transfers, pastoral care whilst in the field and comprehensive health and safety provision for students and researchers.
The Independent Research Package prices are £27.50 per day for food and accommodation at our field sites and a £95 bench fee for supervision and advice. Boat use, SCUBA Diving and local guides can all be arranged at additional cost, please contact the Blue Ventures office for further information.
We suggest that undergraduate students choose a project that can utilise archived databases and is not dependent on new data collection due to the difficult logistics and time constraints of this remote region.
Project ideas must support and contribute to the overall conservation goals of Blue Ventures. Please see below for current project proposals - we welcome other project ideas and suggestions.
For further information on any of these projects, or queries regarding other research opportunities, please contact us.
If you are interested in undertaking a research project with Blue Ventures please: