RSEC-Volunteers 2010:
Name Photo Description

Robert Pudwill

28.10.–2.12. 2010
Fieldstation Dahab

Robert
Robert has studied biology and geography at the Hannover University and ecology and limnology at the GHS-Essen. He works as a freelance expert in landscape planning for several planning offices and other clients. He is interested in marine ecology and conservation of the reef ecosystem. At the fieldstation in El Quseir, he will be studying the algae growth patterns on the reef flat and the seagrass at selected dive sites.

Jörg Wiglinghoff

28.10.–2.12. 2010
Fieldstation Dahab

Melli
Hello, my name is Jörg Wiglinghoff and I am 24 years old. I just finished my B.Sc. in Environment technology at the Ruhr-University of Bochum and now I am beginning my Master in Mechanical Engineering. Although I am not a biologist, I have a huge interest in marine life and environment. As a volunteer I want to contribute to protect the environment and the reef. Furthermore I hope to learn a lot about the Red Sea and its inhabitants.

Melanie Koch

28.10.–2.12. 2010
Fieldstation Dahab

Melli
I‘m Melanie (26 years old). I started diving in 2001 in the Red Sea and since the first moment I was fascinated about the diversity of marine life. That’s one reason why I decided to study biology at the University of Bremen. At the end of the year I’ll finish my Bachelor and I’ll start next year with a Master degree in marine biology. I’m taking part in the Masbat Bay Conservation project to learn more about marine life.
Nicole Herz
26.8. – 7.10.2010
Fieldstation Dahab
Nicole

Hey, my name is Nicole. I’m 23 years old and in the 5th semester at the University of Freiburg studying Biology. Ever since I was a child I was interested in anything that lived underwater and since then nothing has change. With thirteen I started to dive and it was clear to me, that I wanted to head towards Marine Biology. I’m very interested in the conservation of reefs and want to concern myself with coral reef ecology or the sustainable usage of marine resources. Therefore I’m really happy that I can help RSEC to do something useful for the reefs of the Red Sea and that I can learn a lot about ecological connections, reef protection and environmental problems of Egypt while at the same time I can improve my diving skills.

Kim Hünerlage

2.-30.09.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

Kim
Hi, my name is Kim, I’m 24 years old and doing my Master of Marine Biology at University of Bremen. To educate further and to support the environmental as well as coral protection I participate in Coral Reef Project at field station El Quseir for 4 weeks. I am looking forward to meet new people, to work as a team and to get lots of experiences in scientific fieldwork as well as underwater research and diving.

Alexander Keth

30.8.-07.10.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

Alex
Hello, my Name is Alexander Keth. I'm 25 years old and studying Biologie B.Sc. in Heidelberg in 5th term. As I heard from the activities of the RSEC at the Red Sea I was really fascinated about this association. I had to apply for volunteering work immediately. The marine Ecosystem is an important part of my life for many years now. The Sensibility of mankind to this fragile biotope still needs to improve a lot. As a future scientist in marine Biology i will try to increase the knowledge about this amazing ecosystem and fight for its protection.
Katarina Linczenyiova

31.8.-03.10.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

Kate
Hi, my name is Kate, 17 years old and live in Bratislava, capital of Slovak Republic. I study at High school and I am interested in oceanology, especially in marine geology and marine biology. I really love scuba diving, spend time in natural environments and capture those moments in photos and articles. The reason why I participate in this project is because I feel the need to protect coral reefs and take part at scientific researches. I hope, I will gain a lot of knowledge and practical skills. I have already met a lot of like-minded people, so I look forward to collaboration with the team and to do useful work.

Vanessa Haase

30.8.-04.10.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

Vanessa
My name is Vanessa, I am 21 and studying biology at the University of Hamburg. I turn now to the fifth Semester to stay five weeks in Egypt. At the Coral Project I am completing my internship, I would like to deal with later continue with marine biology.

Carola Strasser

26.8.-30.09.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

Sven
Durch die Mithilfe am Coral Project Quseir, kann ich einen Beitrag an den Umweltschutz direkt hier in Ägypten leisten. Ich freue mich auf die tolle Zusammenarbeit mit den Biostudentinnen und Studenten. Die Arbeit unter Wasser macht mir deshalb Spass, weil Tauchen für mich die schönste Freizeitbeschäftigung ist und ich mit diesem Projekt, so hoffe ich, etwas Positives zum Schutz von Korallen und Fischen tun kann.
Fisch ahoi! Carola

Nadine Hammerschmidt

26.8.-7.10.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

Nadine Hey, I’m Nadine and I’m in Egypt for 6 weeks. I study biology in Stuttgart, at the University of Hohenheim in the 8th semester. I hope I will learn much about the coral diversity in this project and see as much as possible of the beautiful rich diversity of the marine ecosystem in this project.

Stephanie Bodden

19.8.-7.10.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

Stephi
I am Stephi, 25 years old and I study biology in Germany. Here in El Quseir I am doing research for my bachelor thesis. This is actually based on the examination of sea urchin and their effects on algae growth. I love the sea since I was child and I always wanted to work in the marine sector. Besides I am very interested in different cultures and their way of life. So working with RSEC I can combines both. I am mainly interested to help people understanding our nature and to protect it. So I will not just be under water but also help with lectures and Info points.

Sven Ahlfeld

19.8.-3.10.210

Fieldstation Quseir

Sven
Hi, my name is Sven Ahlfeld. My flight to El Quseir left Germany on August 21st . I arrived the same day and met the RSEC staff and volunteers at the RSEC Field Station in El Quseir. All volunteers share a high motivation and have good qualifications from their studies and previous experience. For my part I'm 22 years old and I study biology in the fifth term. The reason for my participation in the Coral Project Quseir is the high motivation of the group and the common shared scientific interest in marine life including fish and corals.

Daniel Kachelrieß

18.8.-30.9.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

Daniel
Daniel Kachelriess has recently finished his Master of Marine Conservation at Victoria University, Wellington (NZ) and will soon continue his studies in the M.Sc. Global Change Ecology at the University of Bayreuth. His primary interest and motivation is to learn about and contribute to the sustainable use and conservation of the environment. This requires both a scientific understanding of ecosystems as well as knowledge and experience about the socio-economic and cultural aspects, e.g. how to work with local stakeholders. The internship at the Red Sea Environment Centre and the participation in the Coral Project in El Quseir are a great opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge about a complex and threatened ecosystem, the coral reef, and gain valuable insight into how an environmental NGO works and interacts with local stakeholders.

Simone Kugel

12.8.- 7.10.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

Simone Simone is a 21 year old “BioGeo-Analyse” student from Trier, Germany. She is spending two month at the RSEC and is joining the coral project in September. She wants to learn more about reef building corals where she may write her bachelor thesis about; or to pave the way for her marine biology study.

Christina Hörterer

12.8.-7.10.2010

Fieldstation Dahab

Christina
Hi, my name is Christina, I'm 22 years old and I'm studying B. Sc. Biology in Bremen for two years. Later I would like to specialize in Marine Ecology.  Up to now I only knew the Northern Sea and the Mediterranean Sea and therefore I wanted to get to know warmer waters. The sea and its organisms and their relationship between each other are fascinating me since I was a small child. And such a great and complex Ecosystem like the coral reef needs to be conserved. I'm diving for two years now and besides getting to know an new ecosystem I also wanted to experience a new country and culture. I hope that I will learn a lot and make great experiences here in Dahab.

Sofia van Moorsel

10.8.-19.9.2010

Fieldstation Dahab

Sofia
Hi, I am Sofia and I am 23 years old. I study biology at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). In February 2010, I went on my first dive, here in Dahab. I loved the local underwater world and  I am very interested in ecology and marine biology, therefore, this reef monitoring project came as a perfect opportunity to improve my diving skills and my biological knowledge. I also like the thought of doing something useful and challenging during  semester holidays.

Romana Gruber

6.8.-30.09.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

Romana
Romana is studying biology at the University of Innsbruck and she'll graduate next year. With the support of RSEC she's working at her Bachelor thesis about Coral Diseases in the Red Sea, particularly the Coral Bleaching and Dark Spot Disease. In September Romana helps at the Coral Project and collecting data for her thesis.
Nele Burgund Nele  
Marlene Timm Marlene  

Verena Dobnig

30.7.-29.8.2010
Fieldstation Dahab

Verena
Hi, my name is Verena. I work as a teacher in Vienna and besides that, I love diving and the sea. Taking part in this project gives me the chance to protect the coral reefs in the Red Sea.

Gerald Krist

30.7.-29.8.2010
Fieldstation Dahab

Gerald
Hi, my name is Gerald from Vienna. I love diving and keep fish and corals in a saltwater fish tank at home. So I’m here to support the project to save the coral reefs.

Sahil Puri

30.7.-16.9.2010
Fieldstation Dahab

Sahil
My name is Sahil Puri and I am currently a student of Biology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). Since I am very much interested in aquatic topics in general I took this great opportunity to get my hands on a real coral reef project for the first time. Since we don’t have any oceans in Switzerland and because I wanted to expand my experiences besides freshwater work, the RSEC coral monitoring (located in Dahab, Egypt) just seemed a perfect offer! Thank you so much for giving me such an opportunity! To be continued…

Petra Thumm

29.7.-16.9.2010
Fieldstation Dahab

Petra
Hello, I am Petra (46), non-biologist, but since 2006 I am in love with diving and related things. I am very happy to have the opportunity to learn more about the underwater life and help to protect the Red Sea Coral Reef.

Sabrina Heiser

29.7.-16.9.2010
Fieldstation Dahab

Lukas
Hellooo, I am Sabrina (19) and I just finished my first year of Marine Biology in Plymouth (UK), originally I am from Essen (Germany). I have been diving since I was 8 years old and the underwater world amazed me ever since. Now I am trying to find out which area to specialize in later. One option is certainly going into research concerning coral reefs; as they are, due to their high biodiversity, a very interesting habitat. As I have never been diving in hot countries before, the “Dahab Reef Monitoring and Conservation Project” offers me a great opportunity to look into those habitats in more depth and to find out whether I can cope with the hot climate. However, the project itself is also very important to me as coral reefs are endangered by several human impacts.

Susanne Pusch

29.7.-16.9.2010
Fieldstation Dahab

Susanne
Hi, my name is Susi, I am 27 years old and I am studying Biology in Munich. I’m up to finished my studies soon and want to work in the field of marine biology. Therefore this voluntary work is a great opportunity for me, and moreover I have the possibility to improve my diving experience.

Martin Steurer

29.7.-17.9.2010
Fieldstation Dahab

Martin
Hi, my name is Martin. I am 26 and a teacher for biology and sports. I am very happy to have the opportunity to be part of the reef conservation project, because the protection of the environment means very much to me. Furthermore I am looking forward to increase my knowledge about marine biology and making great experiences under water.

Christoph Gassner 28.7.-16.9.2010
Fieldstation Dahab

Lukas

Hej, I’m Chris and I’m 22 years old. Currently I study Biology and Environmental Sciences in Salzburg (Austria). Since my childhood I’m very interested in nature and the environment and in particular in the hydrosphere and the linkage of all ecosystems in general. Scuba diving mesmerizes me equally, so with the participation at the Dahab Reef Monitoring & Reef Conservation Project 2010 as a volunteer I can reconcile my studies (profession) and leisure. I’m highly delighted to become acquainted with the red sea underwater world, to actively experience it and to contribute to the conservation of this unique and incredible wonderful living environment.

Lisa Brückner

29.7.-11.9.2010
Feldstation Dahab

Lukas  
Lukas Egli
27.7.-18.9.2010
Fieldstation Dahab
Lukas
I´m Lukas Egli and I´ve just finished my first year of studying biology and science of environment at the University of Zurich. Since the beginning I was motivated to get practical experience in the semester break. The advertisement of the  „Dahab Reef Monitoring & Reef Conservation Project 2010“ inspired me, to get the necessary dive experience immediately, to combine science and practice in an very impressive environment. I look forward to an instructive and fascinating time, in which I can give my contribution to conservation of the nature and simultaneously get new experiences in diving and get in contact with another culture.
Florin Kunz
27.7 – 18.9.2010
Fieldstation Dahab
Florin
Hi, I´m Florin and I´m 21 years old. I study biology and science of environment at the University of Zürich in Switzerland. Since I´ve done my first scuba dive a few years ago, the fascination of the underwater world didn’t let me go anymore. The Dahab Reef Monitoring and Reef Conservation Project is the perfect voluntary service to combine my interests in biology, diving and the protection of the environment. The fact that this project takes place in Egypt, where I´ve never been before, convinced me also to join it and to get to know a new culture!

Hendrik Frey

22.7.-16.9.2010

Fieldstation Dahab

Hendrik
Hi, my name is Hendrik. I am 24 years old and I am a biology student (8th semester) from munich. My major is ecology and my minors are zoology and pharmatoxicology. Since I am very interested in marine biology, I decided to join this years’ reef monitoring project in dahab. Another reason for me to come to dahab was the wish to gather some experience from abroad-and therefore 7 weeks in dahab seemed to be perfectly suited. Sunshine and wonderful holiday temperatures every day, a coral reef right in front of your door and many nice people to get to know- what else is there to want?

Rubina Braunwalder

13.7.-31.8.2010

Fieldstation Dahab

Rubina
My name is Rubina, I´m 22 years old and I live in Lugano (Switzerland). I study Biology at the University of Zürich. I dive from 2008, and I was immediately enthusiastic about the life in the sea. That´s why I decided to participate at the „Dahab reef monitoring and conservation Project“. I have finished my 4. Semester and I decided to spend my holiday in Dahab and to attend the „Dahab reef monitoring and conservation Project“, I hope I will learn a lot about subaqueous world.

Lydia Köhler

8.7.-12.8.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

 

Lydia
Lydia is studying biology in Kiel, Germany. She almost finished her diploma thesis about analysis of explosives in blue mussels. It's her 3rd time at the RSEC. This year she will become a Reef Check Trainer and will support the Quseir and Dahab reef monitoring program until October.

Hendrik Bandmann

8.7.- unbegrenzt

Hendrik  

Isabel Schurgacz

12.7.-16.8.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

Isabel
Isabel is one of the rare species of the none-biologists here at the RSEC. She is a product designer based in Munich and loves nature and diving. Isabel is joining the RSEC as a volunteer because she wants to learn more about marine life in the red sea and is happy to support an environmental project.

Carla Soler Carreras

14.7.-12.8.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

Carla

Carla is a biologist and has a Master in Marine Science at the University of Barcelona, where she specialized on fisheries.  She joined the RSEC because she wanted to visit the Red Sea, dive in it and learn about their corals and their related biodiversity.  She is actually working as a biology teacher at secondary school in Barcelona, where she lives.

Samir Alliouane

14.7.-16.8.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

Samir

My name is Samir and I am 22, I live in France. I study marin biology at the university Paris 06 and I have just finished my master degree in "Oceanographic and marin environment". I had also studied the impact of ocean acidification on pteropods during 2 internships of 6 months in an oceanographic laboratory.
When I heard about Red Sea Environment Center (RSEC) I directly wanted to participate and join the center. I dive since 4 years in Villefranche-sur-Merand thanks to RSEC, I can discover the richness of the Red Sea. It's a great chance for me because I both discover those colorfull corals and fishes known all over the world and I participate to a cheek reef program.
It's also an occassion to meet other people like students wich come from other counties and share good moments underneath the surface.

Niels Jobstvogt

8.7.-26.8.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

Nils Jobstvogt
Niels studied Biology at the „Freie Universität Berlin“ and specialized on marine ecology and fisheries biology. In May 2010 he finished his thesis on the wahoo, Acanthocybium solandri, a top-predator from the tropics. The project was carried out in the Galapagos Islands in cooperation with the Charles Darwin Foundation.
His interest in marine ecology led him to the RSEC in Egypt where he is participating in the annual Reef Monitoring project. Besides taking data, he will analize the findings and help to evaluate the current state of the coral reef community of several often frequented dive sites in the area. Part of his job is also to inform tourist in the nearby hotel resorts about the importance of coral reefs and the threats they are facing.
Apart from insights in the Reef Check methodology he gets the opportunity to further develop his skills in fish and coral taxonomy. His personal interst in the RSEC is the strong conectivity of tourism and environmental eduaction.

Edith Heinrich

25.5.-5.7.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

5.8.-

Fieldstation Dahab

Edith Heinrich
Edith is a student of economics and biology. To finish her master thesis she is interested in the combination of the differing goals of tourism and researching within a sustainable co-operation. RSEC provides the possibility to work and live the perfect model for a successful environmental NGO. While working as a volunteer she studies spatial competitions among corals, and interactions between corals and sponges, algae or molluscs, struggling for the best place in the coral reef.

Alice Nauendorf

4.3.-1.4.2010

Fieldstation Dahab

19.8.-7.10.2010

Fieldstation Quseir

Alice
I´m Alice, 22 years old and live in Berlin, Germany. I study Biology at Humboldt-University by Berlin.
Now I just finished my third term at Uni and decided to spend my free time in Dahab to take part at the “Masbat Bay Conservation Project”. The project gives me the chance to increase my knowledge about Marine life and shows me the importance of protecting the sea.

Melanie Koch

4.3.-1.4.2010

Fieldstation Dahab

Melli
I‘m Melanie (25 years old). I started diving in 2001 in the Red Sea and since the first moment I was fascinated about the diversity of marine life. That’s one reason why I decided to study biology at the University of Bremen. At the end of the year I’ll finish my Bachelor and I’ll start next year with a Master degree in marine biology. I’m taking part in the Masbat Bay Conservation project to learn more about marine life.

Eike Steinig

5.3.-1.4.2010

Fieldstation Dahab

Eike
I am Eike, a part time student of biology at the Humboldt University, Berlin. I discovered my love for the underwater world during my divemaster training and have ever since hoped for a life that combines both, diving and biology. I think the RSEC will help me to gain knowledge and experience, both in understanding the marine environment and in making people aware of the related problems. It would be great to be able to apply that knowledge in the future, and start a course in marine biology and conservation. Of course, some place warmer than Berlin.

Steffen Büning

4.3.-1.4.2010

Fieldstation Dahab

Steffen
Steffen is participating in the Masbat Bay Conservation project in March 2010. He comes from Bochum, where he has studied chemistry for 4 years until now, so one left to go. Since he started diving two years ago, it is now his single most beloved hobby. This is one of his main reasons for joining the project. It is great to have the chance to help saving a part of the bay, so others can enjoy the beautiful underwater world as we do it at the moment. The (biological) knowledge about what you see under water and what the maybe true specials are, is another aspect that excited me for the project.

Anna Roik

16.2.- 30.6.2010

Feldstation El Quseir

Anna Roik

Anna is student of Biology at Ruhr-University in Bochum (Germany) where she lately finished her thesis for the degree of a Master at the Department of Animal Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity. Immediately after, she decided to join the RSEC for a while and work in the field of marine biology, education and conservation at the Red Sea. At the field station in El Quseir on the one hand she is supporting the educational programmes. On the other hand, she wants to get involved with methods of marine research by conducting short time studies on the coral reef and thus gain some valuable experience in reef biology and ecology.