ZP Week One: Quarantine Training and My First Day

Days Three and Four: Quarantine Training

Two days are dedicated to training in the quarantines, and thank god. These are self contained little rooms with a small pool, a kitchen, and a plateau, all of which can be gated off. This is Fase 1, where new arrivals and the sickest seals are.

Continue reading “ZP Week One: Quarantine Training and My First Day”

ZP Week One: Arrival and the Start of Training

I flew to the Netherlands on Sunday the 3rd of December, and then embarked on a public transport adventure to Pieterburen – two trains and a bus. The bus was more like a minibus, and as I sat there with my big rucksack and my non-existent Dutch, the driver said to me “Would you like me to stop at the seal hospital?”.

Continue reading “ZP Week One: Arrival and the Start of Training”

My Next Adventure: Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen

Next week I am off to the Netherlands to spend 14 weeks as a seal care volunteer at Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen, a large and renowned seal rescue and rehabilitation centre.

Continue reading “My Next Adventure: Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen”

Review: Research Assistant at the Limpopo Dwarf Mongoose Project

In 2016 I joined the Limpopo Dwarf Mongoose Project as a Research Assistant. This is a long term behavioural study. Mongoosers (an informal title) work 6 days a week collecting data and carrying out experiments. The work is with habituated mongoose groups so you can really observe them closely. Dwarf mongooses are cooperatively breeding social mammals with loads of interesting behaviours and complex group structures.

For the sake of ease I have formatted this in the same way as previous reviews of volunteer experiences, but it was more like a job (without the payment aspect, I suppose).

Continue reading “Review: Research Assistant at the Limpopo Dwarf Mongoose Project”

Zoologish Profile: Sophie

Sophie is an MSci Zoology graduate who is soon off to work as a project manager in South Africa on the Dwarf Mongoose Project (where she was my wonderful roommate when we were research assistants!) – I’ll leave the rest for her to explain in her own words.

Continue reading “Zoologish Profile: Sophie”

Review: Ionian Dolphin Project

In June 2015 I joined the Ionian Dolphin Project (IDP) run by the Tethys Research Institute for a week. This is a long-term research project on the bottlenose dolphins in the Ambravikos Gulf and other dolphins and marine mammals in the waters around Kalamos.

(All photos by Joan Gonzalves of the IDP)

Continue reading “Review: Ionian Dolphin Project”

Review: Turtle Conservation in Mexico with Projects Abroad

Six years later, I might finally have the distance, age and experience to reflect on the turtle conservation project I joined for a month when I was 16. It’s safe to say I learned a lot, and equally safe to say not much of it was about turtles. It had the excellent effect of persuading me to study Zoology, but aside from that I think I would call it valuable for all the wrong reasons.

271023_221279637913386_8048100_n.jpg

Disclaimer: A quick glance at the website suggests some major changes to this programme in the past 6 years, and my experience may not be at all reflective of the experiences of volunteers there today.

Continue reading “Review: Turtle Conservation in Mexico with Projects Abroad”

Zoologish Profile: Hayley

This is me! I’m a recent Zoology graduate currently working an office job in Bristol. Over the next year I have two volunteer positions confirmed – at a seal rescue and rehabilitation centre in the Netherlands, and a sea turtle research project in Costa Rica.

Continue reading “Zoologish Profile: Hayley”

What’s a zoologish?

I am! It would be a pretty large stretch to say I’m an early-career zoologist. I’ve just finished my undergraduate degree. People who use ‘early-career’ tend to mean at the very least PhD students, often post-doctoral researchers or those in their first few years of paid employment in the field. I’m more pre-career, or proto-career perhaps. A zoologist(ish). A zoologish.

Continue reading “What’s a zoologish?”