The RSEC is interested in permanent partnerships with Egyptian and European universities as well as with universities from over-sea. In these partnerships the RSEC can provide logistic help with courses and field studies. Furthermore it can bring in its know-how, experience and knowledge about the habitats in the area and can provide the infrastructure for courses and scientific studies. The important goals of the RSEC are excellent scientific work, implementation of new knowledge in nature conservation efforts, sustainable development and comprehensive education. This should be achieved in cooperation between the RSEC and the university partnerships.
Advantages for Supervisors and Students:
Supervisors and students can benefit from the cooperation with the RSEC. Supervisors can transfer field studies to Dahab and the RSEC provides the infrastructure and legal framework requirements (e.g. for collection and work permits, authorization of research projects). Students profit in the way that they can perform diploma, master and PhD studies as well as student research projects at the RSEC.
Our scientific goals are:
- Physical, chemical and biological oceanography of the Gulf of Aqaba and of the Red Sea (there is still backlog demand and development to be done for the RSEC)
- Corals and coral reefs
- Ecology and community life of cartilaginous fishes, especially sharks
- Ecology and behavior of reef fish
- Invertebrates of the reef
- Marine botany, phycology (seaweed and algae in front of the door and in the neighboring lagoon)
- Ecology of any marine biological and terrestrial subject
- Ornithology (not much preparatory work has been done yet, but the area is well suited as a migratory zone for birds
- Herpetology (according to the region it is limited to reptiles, preliminary work has been done and a list of species for the Sinai does exist and snakes, lizards, geckos are not rare)
- Paleontology, fossil reefs and its inhabitants (in the near of the institute are wonderful fossil reefs which are located 10 m above sea level)
- Geoscience (geology, mineralogy geomorphology, geography, sedimentology, etc.) Ethnology and history (Investigation and description of the Bedouin inhabitants, their history and way of life)
- Applied nature conservation, sustainable development of the region, tourism, sociological and economical aspects
All this could be done in the context of diploma, master and PhD theses or individual research projects, but we are dependent on co-operations since our current team cannot cover this broad spectrum itself. Therefore, supervision and co-supervision of diploma, master and PhD theses are kindly asked for, as well as for proposals of relevant questions of the modern research through friendly scientists.