Coral Cay Conservation Expeditions Marine Tropical Jungle Montserrat Philippines
Coral Cay Conservation Expeditions Marine Tropical Jungle Montserrat Philippines

Independent Research

Conduct your research with Coral Cay Conservation


Here at CCC we welcome both undergraduate and postgraduate projects from students around the world. Proposed projects should ideally contribute conservation value to the overall aims and objectives of CCC and the project location.


CCC has hosted a huge variety of projects, see the bottom of this page for a few examples. If you are considering undertaking independent research with CCC please get in touch to discuss your ideas and we will be happy to provide you with the methodology to assist you in your planning. Proposals are reviewed on a case by case basis. We can provide discounts to research students, dependent on how the proposed work fits in with CCC's ongoing survey efforts. Student supervision is provided through CCC's UK-based science department as well as through project field staff for the duration of the project.

Undergraduate Application Form
Undergraduate Student Projects Applicati[...]
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Postgraduate Application Form
Postgraduate Student Projects Applicatio[...]
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Data Request Form
Data Request Form.docx
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Having just finished my postgraduate degree (Conservation Science), I now have a bit of spare time to reflect on the very intensive past year. The dissertation project I was able to undertake with Coral Cay in the Philippines was without a doubt a major highlight. The Philippines site illustrates many of the issues we studied over the past year in terms of the local community dimension. In the field I have learned more about conservation issues than just through my own project because of the ongoing work of Coral Cay and certainly also through its network of contacts. People were much more willing to cooperate with my research than I had originally anticipated which made many of the interviews fun to do. As with any research project there were ups and downs and I have had to improvise, but the ups far outweighed the downs. I have met people who have done much to help my work and went out of their way to involve me in local culture. A secondary benefit but a luxury nonetheless was the base with a pleasant group of volunteers and staff, and a diverse reef on its doorstep to return to after a hard day's work. Did I mention the whale shark trips yet? In short, the project has turned out to be much more rewarding than I expected!


Wouter van Broekhoven, Imperial College MSc, Philippines

I'd recommend carrying out research with CCC, as there is lots of support available and with your findings you also feel like you are giving something back, and also directly contributing to conservation (on top of being a CCC volunteer). This was the second time I have volunteered with CCC - I enjoyed it as much as the first time and I can honestly say it's the best thing I've done in my life so far, getting lots of hands-on experience, working as a team and meeting some great people from all over the world!

Mark Hamilton, University of Aberdeen BSc honours project, Cambodia and the Philippines

Past Dissertations

Laura Little, Do Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have an impact on coral reef health in Sogod Bay, the Philippines? 2012-2013
Do Marine Protected Areas have an impact[...]
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Amy Gosney, The Efficacy of Marine Protected Areas in Southern Leyte, Philippines: Implications on Fish Density and Diversity. 2012-2013
The efficacy of Marine Protected Areas i[...]
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Mark Hamilton, Perceptions of fishermen towards MPAs in Cambodia and the Philippines. 2011-2012
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Joshua d'Abadie, Marine Protected Areas - Zoning for conservation and rehabilitation of coral reefs in data poor areas: A case study of north-eastern Tobago
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Jason Flower, Tobagan fishers’ livelihood security and attitudes to coastal management in the context of declining catches. 2010-2011
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Kristina Patring, The Human right to water in relation to pesticide pollution in Southern Leyte, the Philippines.
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Wouter van Broekhoven, Perceptions driving local support for marine conservation; A comparison of three case studies in the Philippines.
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Samuel Peacock, The Influence of Coral Colony Definitions on the Outcomes of Colonial Scleractinian Size Frequency Distribution Studies
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Jessica Hampton, Coral Bleaching and Sea Surface Temperatures in The Philippines and Tobago
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Tomas Chaigneau, Comparing the perceptions of fishermen towards MPAs and the status of their adjacent coral reefs between coastal communities in the Philippines
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Thomas Woolger, The Effects of Sediment Discharge by Rivers on Coral Reef Systems in Sogod Bay, Southern Leyte, Philippines
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Jill Groom, Life on the reef
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