RSEC-Volunteers 2011:
Name Photo Description

Astrid Böhmer

3.11. - 1.12.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Astrid Böhmer

Hi erveryone, my name is Astrid and I’m 24 years old. At the moment I’m studying MSc Biology at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. From this uni they are offering marine biological excursions to Dahab every year; with the purpose to study and gaze the diversity under water. So I took notice of the RSEC, which made me very nosy with its alluring projects. The projects cover marine conservation, preservation of species and reconstruction, as well as theory and praxis according to biodiversity, which is taught by effective methods. All in all a really good preparation, if you like to become a marine biologist and you are looking for a good further education.

Lisa Charlotte Norkus

20.10.– 19.01.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Lisa Charlotte Norkus Hi, I’m Charlie, 24 years old and study biology Bachelor of Science at the University of Mainz, Germany. Before I start my Bachelor Thesis I will make an internship here at the RSEC to learn more about the reef and underwater survey techniques.  I will join the Masbat Bay Conservation project and the Christmas Reef Check. The sea is fascinating, especially the diversity of species here at the reef. I’m happy to stay here to protect the reef and see Egypt.

Martin Engler

15.09.2011 – 19.01.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Martin Engler

Hi! My name is Martin Engler and I am 28 years old. Since two years I am studying Industrial and Applied Biology (Bachelor of Science) at University of Bremen. Before I started my bachelor degree programme I completed a vocational education as a Biological Technical Assistant in Hamburg. Between these two educational parts I worked and travelled through some European countries. Within my studies I have to complete one practical semester as an internship, and I decided to go to Dahab because I think here at RSEC the conditions for students to learn a lot about reef ecosystems and its inhabitants as well as gain much diving experience are excellent.
I will attend at the Masbat Bay Conservation Project in October/November 2011 and the Christmas Reef Check 2011/12 to develop my knowledge about life in the sea and because in the future I like to specialize in marine biology. Further, I imagine scientific work underwater is a very attractive place of work. I have never been to Egypt before and I am looking forward to have a great time here in the south of Sinai.

Diana Jahn

26.08.– 30.09.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Diana Jahn Hallo, my name is Diana Jahn and I’m 20 years old. I study physics at the Technical University of Darmstadt. I am taking part in this program because I am fascinated by marine life and I like the diversity of the Red Sea. This project offers a great opportunity to learn more about the reefs and to explore the latest developments in this environment.

Alisa Kutzer

18.08.– 30.09.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Alisa Kutzer

Hey, my name is Alisa Kutzer and I’m 22 years old. I study biology at the University of Leipzig. After my Bachelor degree I want to study Marine Biology.  I join the program to get a broad overview over the reef ecosystem and to get more experienced with scientific diving.   I also enjoy it to meet new people and learn more about foreign countries.  One of my main interests is the connection between the primary production in the oceans and the global warming. Because of this I’m going to write my Bachelor thesis in the Molecular Plantphysiology.

Alexander Kools 16.08.– 30.09.2011
Fieldstation Dahab
Alexander Kools Hey I'm Alex, I'm 23 years old and I am studying biology in the 5th semester at the University of Hamburg. The water is my element so I'm very interested in the oceans and its inhabitants. When I saw a poster for RSEC at the beginning of my studies and informed myself about the organization, I knew that I would want to work on such a project. Now, after I finished my divers’ license I'm finally here and I'm really excited about it. I see the Project as a chance to help to conserve the coral reefs and its inhabitants but also to gain experience for my future work as a biologist.
Anna Kemper 16.08.– 30.09.2011
Fieldstation Dahab
Anna Kemper My name is Anna Kemper. I am 21 years old and I am a Bachelor student in Biology Science at the University of Heidelberg. I decided to volunteer in the reef monitoring project because I am interested in marine science and I love to dive. I will stay in Dahab for seven weeks and I hope to gain a lot of diving experience and do something good for the environment.
Christoph Hangel 16.08.– 30.09.2011
Fieldstation Dahab
Markus Dengg

My name is Christoph Hangel and I am 22 years old. I am a Bachelor student in Biology Science at the University of Heidelberg in the 5th semester. I decided to volunteer at the reef monitoring project because I am interested in marine science and I love to dive. I have been diving for seven years. I will stay in Dahab for seven weeks and I hope to do something good for the environment and especially the corals.

Clarissa Karthäuser 17.08.– 30.09.2011
Fieldstation Dahab
Clarissa Karthäuser Issalamu aleekum! At this year’s spring I read a note on my university’s pin board announcing that volunteers were required for a project in the Red Sea. I was studying Biology in my first year at that time, looking for a work experience to do in my forthcoming holiday. Due to the political mayhem in Egypt during the time I read that note, I thought, I might have a rare chance to be accepted as then nobody wanted to risk a trip to Egypt. I always dreamed about visiting an Arabic country one day.  Now I had that opportunity as well as the possibility to join in an interesting biological project and work underwater (which is quite advisable in a desert climate). This is why I sent my application to RSEC immediately and started learning to dive. Now I enjoy six weeks of an exciting and ecologically worthwhile work as well as this awesome country, the beautiful sea and underwater life and an interesting new language and culture. Egypt is worth exploring!
Joschka Heinzel 17.08.– 30.09.2011
Fieldstation Dahab
Joschka Heinzel My name is Joschka Heinzel, I’m 24 years old and I’m studying biology at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg. I got to know about the RSEC-Project only 2 weeks before it started, after Christian wrote an e-mail to all students at my university to find people to fill some open spaces. Because I had got my diver’s license years ago and the friendly unbureaucratic way of the hosts seemed immediately likeable to me, I decided spontaneously to join the project. Collecting data about the animals in the sea is on the one hand technically very interesting and on the other hand really beautiful to look at.
Katharina Schubert 16.08.– 30.09.2011
Fieldstation Dahab
Katharina Schubert

My name is Katharina Schubert and I’m 21 years old. I am a bachelor student in biology at the University of Bayreuth in the fifth semester. I have been diving since I was a child and so I am interested in the sea. I am staying in Dahab for 7 weeks, to be a part of the reef monitoring project and to get experience and save the corals. I am also fascinated by the amount of medicinal substances found in marine organisms.

Luisa Schwab 18.08.– 30.09.2011
Fieldstation Dahab
Luisa Schwab My name is Luisa. I am 22 years old and student of biology at the University of Cologne. My special interests are sunny countries, different cultures and unknown sea dwellers, which was the reason I travelled after I finished school to Australia. In the continent of kangaroos and koala bears I fulfilled my wish to become a Divemaster. During my travelling adventures I discovered my passion of blogging. That is why I chose to have a scientific blog. I wrote mainly about research results and explanations of natural occurrences. I am in Dahab as a trainee to develop my diving experience, to learn how to work underwater and how to evaluate the collected data.
Nele Wendländer 18.08.– 30.09.2011
Fieldstation Dahab
Nele Wendländer If you have been diving even once, you will know it’s one of the best things to do in the world. My name is Nele Wendländer and I´m a 22 year old biology student from Germany. I love marine biology and everything around it like everyone else here and so it’s a lot of fun with lots of new stuff to learn and just an awesome experience that shows me how my work in the future will hopefully be.
Simon Lehner 18.08.– 4.10.2011
Fieldstation Dahab
Simon Lehner Hi! My name is Simon and I´m 24 years’ young. When I´m not out in the sea chasing fish, I´m studying Zoology at Salzburg University. Since my first diving experience was many years ago I was even more excited when. I first heard about the Dahab Reef Monitoring Program. Always having been interested in marine biology, I decided to do my master thesis in this field as well. At the RSEC I now have the chance to do both, participate the Reef monitoring Program and do some field experiments for my master thesis on how the coral growth is altered by changing temperature, pH value and salinity. But most of all it is the possibility to get an insight in the field of practical marine biology and ecosystem conservation that makes me look forward to the next few weeks.

Julia Schmidt-Petersen

14.07.–11.08.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Julia Schmidt-Petersen Hello, my name is Julia, I’m 23 years old and have just finished my Bachelor in Biology in Munich some days ago. My focus has been marine molluscs. Before my Masters in Marine Biology starts, I wanted to take some time off to learn more about corals and practice diving. I’m especially interested in learning how to collect data under water and practice the diving skills that are needed to do so. I also hope to make a contribution to the exploration of the coral reefs and to their
protection, now and in the future.

Lara Nordström

08.07.–11.08.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Lara Nordström

Hi! My name is Lara Nordström and I am a student of International Relations at the International University in Geneva. I am happy to participate in the Coral Project of RSEC in Dahab as it will give me further knowledge of the marine ecosystem of the Red Sea. Moreover, it will provide me with insights into the field-work of an environmental NGO, the sector I would like to work in in the future, and allow me to actively participate in the conservation of the increasingly endangered seas. I am looking forward to discuss issues and ideas about environmental protection and marine biology with my colleagues during my stay.

Markus Dengg

10.07.–11.08.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Markus Dengg Hi, my name is Markus. I´m from Austria and I am studying biology in Vienna. I already got passionate about the sea when I was very young. So I went on to learn diving when I was 13. I heard about RSEC and its projects from a friend of mine.  I´ve never been to Egypt before and I have to say I really like this country. The people are very nice and diving here is great. From the project I hope to get an insight of the work as a marine biologist.

Roland Signer

14.07.–11.07.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Roland Signer Hi, my name is Roland Signer and I was born in 1981. After my studies in sport and biology at the University of Berne, I decided to become a teacher.  Recently I started working as a sports teacher at a school for vocational education.
I´ve decided to participate in the project, because I´d like to improve my diving skills and to gain an insight into how science works under water.

Hannah Schmidbaur

07.07.–11.08.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Hannah Schmidbaur

Hi, my Name is Hannah and I´m studying biology at the University of Vienna. I´ve always been fascinated by marine life, especially coral reefs and I am planning to specialize in Marine Biology. Volunteering with RSEC in Dahab is a great opportunity for me to get an insight into the work as a marine biologist, to learn more about the reef and environment of the Red Sea and to improve my diving skills. I’m staying in Dahab for 5 weeks and taking part in the Coral Project. I love travelling and think it´s great to learn more about Egyptian culture and meet the people living here.

Sofia Achilla

09.06.–11.09.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Sofia Achilla Hi! My name is Sofia, I’m 28 years old and I’m graduate engineer of Industrial Informatics dept , University of applied science, Kavala, Greece. Due to my decision to change career path I came at the Rsec field station in Dahab as a volunteer for 3 months, in order to gain the fundamental training and understand some basic principles of marine science.  During my stay I will write a report about overfishing and destructiver fishing methods, which is occurring worldwide, but also in Dahab. I will also take part in the projects Coral Project and Dahab Reef Monitoring and Conservation Project. The selection of the place is not accidental, as I intend to attend a MRes of Marine Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems programme,  St. Andrews University, UK, starting at October and specialize in tropical marine systems. As it seems starting my course from such a place, is more than a simple training.

Lennart Gresing

14.06.–10.07.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Lennart Gresing My name is Lennart Gresing and I am on my thirteenth year at the Albert-Schweitzer School in Kassel, Germany. I will stay in Dahab for four weeks to have a work experience  at the RSEC fieldstation. I hope to get many impressions about the life of a marine biologist. I want to become a marine biologist and for this the work at the station could be very helpful.      

Jennifer Petersen

10.03.–21.04.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Jennifer Hi, my name is Jennifer, I’m 26 years old and I study Biology in Kiel with the focus on Ecology and Conservation. Since I took part in a marine biology course last year, I became aware in how sensitive the marine ecosystem is. For me, this was the reason to come to Dahab and I will be staying here as a volunteer for 6 weeks (from March to April) to take part in the Masbat Bay Conservation Project. Hopefully, I will improve my diving skills, learn a lot about coral reefs and primarily contribute to the conservation of the reefs in the Masbat Bay.

Nele Hein

10.03.–21.04.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Nele Hi, my name is Nele and I am 24 years old. I study biology in Kiel and achieved my Bachelor degree in 2009. Now I am doing my Master in ecology and biodiversity. Last summer I did a course in marine biology together with my diving license. I was very impressed by the diving and the world under water that I tried to find a way to get more into it. That is how I found the RSEC in Dahab on the internet. Now I am staying here for 6 weeks from March till April as a volunteer and take part in the Masbat Bay Conservation Project. I hope to improve my diving skills and especially contribute to the conservation of the bay and the reefs.

Abby Stevens

24.02.–23.03.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Amandine Abby studied Animal Behaviour at University and is now living in Dahab, volunteering with RSEC. She has a real interest in conservation and surveying and loves passing on knowledge to others. She is a Divemaster and loves the opportunity to have new experiences in her diving through volunteering and learning new things. She has been diving for 2 years around Dahab and is enjoying the opportunity to give something back to the environment.

Amandine Aviles

24.02.–26.03.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Amandine Hi, I am amandine and I am 23. I have completed a Masters degree in Sciences and Politics of the Environment (University Pierre et Marie Curie and Institute of Political Studies, Paris, France), specialized in marine biology. I am very glad to get involved in the Masbat Bay Conservation (MBC) Project in Dahab as it will give me the opportunity to learn a lot about marine ecosystems, do some fieldworks, and improve my diving skills. I am also looking forward to help in the protection of coral reefs by raising people awareness.

Pawel Kassatov

14.02.–12.04.2011
Fieldstation Dahab

Pawel
Hi, I am Pawel, 23 years old and I am studying biology in the fourth term at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Since I was a child I was interested in marine life and the power of the oceans. I came to Egypt to meet the different culture, improve my diving skills and meet new people. I will take part in the Masbat Bay Conservation project in February and March 2011. I am looking forward to learn a lot about the complex ecosystem of the Red Sea.