Conduct your research with Coral Cay Conservation
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.
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