RSEC-Volunteers 2012:
Name Photo Description

Helene Schober

22.11.2012 - 17.01.2013
Fieldstation Dahab

Helene Schober Hi, my name is Helene Schober, I am 23 years old and I’m from Upper Austria. I recently have absolved my bachelor studies in nutritional science in Vienna and want to continue with the master studies in ecology or environmental conservation. I am here in Dahab for eight weeks to gain experience for my studies and help towards the protection of the Red Sea at once. I will work on a project which is about coral-eating snails and I’m really looking forward the time here in Egypt.

Friederike Jantzen

15.11.2012 - 31.01.2013
Fieldstation Dahab

Friederike Jantzen Hi, my name is Friederike Jantzen and I will volunteer for almost 3 months with RSEC in Dahab. I finished my Bachelor in Life Sciences at the University of Potsdam and now I am taking a year off, trying to get insights in different fields of biology. I´m doing this to decide what I will do in my Master. I came here for diving in the Red Sea, meeting its inhabitants and to learn methods of underwater research.

Moritz Köberle

25.10.- 20.12.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Moritz Köberle

Hi, my name is Moritz Köberle, I’m 19 years old and i live in Heidelberg. I have absolved my  graduation this year and I’m currently orientating what i want to study. Because I’m interested in the field of Biology, especially in the field of Marine Biology and protecting the environment, I take part at the Masbat Conservation Project. I heard of the Project in Dahab, which sounded very appealing, through research on the Internet. Working here is a lot of fun, especially because of the diving, which is a big hobby of me.

Philipp Mull

25.10.- 20.12.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Philipp Mull Hi, my name is Philipp Iʻm 22 years old and Iʻm currently studying Biology at the university of Bonn. Iʻve joined RSEC for the Masbat Bay conservation project and Iʻll be in Dahab until the end of December. During this time Iʻll also work on my Bachelor thesis which is a behavioral study on the Three-spot Dascyllus. I learned about RSEC last year on a two week field trip with my university. Iʻve decided to join RSEC for the MBC-Project because it combines the field of Biology and diving, which is one of my hobbies.

Kerstin Morche

25.10.2012 -

Fieldstation Dahab

Kerstin Morche My name is Kerstin Morche and I am 22 years old. I live in the city of Bonn and I’m currently studying Biology. I am joining the RSEC in Dahab as a volunteer for 6 months and now I’m participating in the Masbat Bay Conservation Project. Beside that Iʻm working on my bachelor thesis about the behaviour of two farmer fish species here in the bay. I learned about the RSEC last year, when I came here with my university for a two week field trip during which we also cooperated with the RSEC. I enjoy the work here very much, as it combines interesting topics and diving, which is one of my hobbies. I hope I can benefit from the things I am learning here because I would like to do my M.Sc. in Marine Biology or Behavioral Physiology.

Jonna Huttunen

25.10.- 29.11.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Jonna Huttunen Hello, my name is Jonna Huttunen. I come from Finland and I’m a registered nurse and work in Kuopio University Hospital. I have studied advance biology in upper secondary school and some genetics in Open University. Nature conservation is very close to my heart and when I first heard about this project I thought what a great way to do something meaningful on my extended holiday. I have been to Egypt twice before and once to Dahab on a diving trip so I was familiar with the area. The marine life here is so spectacular and diverse so I think it is important to try and preserve it. The increase in tourism has brought money to the area but also a lot of negative side effects. Trash is abundant. The reef is being destroyed by uninformed and careless behavior. Some of the fish are disappearing because of overfishing. It is important to inform the public about the negative impact of tourism on the Masbat bay area and hopefully find more sustainable ways of developing it. I will be staying in Dahab for 5 weeks and taking part in the Masbat bay conservation project in the hopes that my little input will aid in this cause.

Alena Krüger

25.10.2012 - 24.1.2013
Fieldstation Dahab

Alena Krüger Hallo, my name is Alena, I´m 24 years old and I study Biology at the University of Heidelberg. Since many years I´m very much into Marine Biology, so I´m very happy to participate in Volunteering at the RSEC. In Dahab it is possible to help towards the Protection of the Red Sea and its animals. Masbat Bay Conservation Project is a chance for me to work practical and gain experience. In addition the Red Sea is one of the most beautiful dive sides and every dive is a unique adventure. My time here will present an insight in a fascinating world under water and bring a lot of fun because of a great team and other Volunteers.

Jessica Knoop

25.10.- 13.12.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Jessica Knoop Hello, my name is Jessica and I´m 22 years old. I´m coming from Bremen, where I studied biology with the focus on marine biology and finished the bachelor this summer. Next year I want to continue my study with the master in marine biology. I heard from the RSEC with its projects from the University Bremen. In my opinion the activities of the RSEC are very important and so I decided to come to Dahab as a volunteer for seven weeks to learn on the one hand more about coral reefs, scientific methods to characterize them and on the other hand to help rescue this unique ecosystem.

Claudia Pehamberger

6.9.- 11.10.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Claudia Hallo, my name is Claudia, I'm 30 years old and living in Vienna. I'm working as a physiotherapist and started studying biology 2 years ago. My special interest lies in marine biology and the Dahab Reef Monitoring Project is just perfect for to gain more knowledge. Diving is great fun, and the team here very nice. I'm looking forward to another fascinating, exciting weeks at the project!

Lucien Untersteggaber

4.9.- 11.10.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Lucien Hello, my name is Lucien Untersteggaber and I am 28 years old. I graduated in April 2012 at the University of Vienna. I studied ecology with a focus on marine biology. After graduation I searched for new challenges and found the RSEC reef check program placed in Dahab and I decided to become part of this project. I will stay for 5 weeks in Dahab and work with the RSEC-team at reef check program and I really look forward to the field work at this fascinating diving spot.

Hanna Scheuffele

6.9.- 18.10.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Hanna Hi, my name is Hanna and I’m 23 years old. I’m from Frankfurt, but I’m studying biology in Marburg in 5th semester. I´m especially interested in tropical marine biology and hope to work in this area later on. That’s why the Dahab Reef Monitoring project offers me a great opportunity to work in this sector and to get some experience. Furthermore I can practice on my diving skills and I get to know the coral reefs under a scientific point of view.

Katrin Schröder

6.9.- 4.10.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Katrin Hey, my name is Katrin, I’m 23 years old and have just finished my bachelor’s degree in Biosciences at the University of Münster. Since I gained my diving license in Australia in 2008 I have been fascinated by the underwater world and have always been looking for possibilities to combine my fascination for biology and diving. I heard about the RSEC at University looking at a brochure. Since I’ve always loved to travel, have never been to the Red Sea and think it’s exciting to meet new people and contribute to marine conservation, I am now here and am helping with the Dahab Reef Monitoring. Until now the diving has been phenomenal – I can hardly imagine having to spend my time in a lecture hall again in a month time … but until then I’ll enjoy my time here and am looking forward to helping with the reef check!

Natascha Hourle

30.8.- 20.9.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Natascha Hi, my name is Natascha and I´m 21. I study Biology and English at the minute to become a teacher after at the University of Wuerzburg. I have always been fascinated by the sea and its creatures and when I received the offer for this volunteer project in an E-mail from my University, it was clear that I was going to participate in it. Together with Jana I did my Open Water Diver course here in Dahab and because we love diving that much, we have decided to add our Advanced OWD, too. The RSEC-project is obviously a great addition for it. On the one hand, it provides an insight into the diversity of the Red Sea and the research methods of Marine Biologists and on the other hand, it offers you the possibility to meet new people with similar interests with whom you can do something for the environment.

Sebastian Schulz

6.9.- 11.10.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Sebastian Hi. My name is Sebastian and I’m studying biology in my 5th semester. This program came to my attention when I received a link and information about volunteering at RSEC through a university e-mail. I love diving and as a biologist certainly also animals. Since I received my diving license I always wanted to go to Egypt and dive the Red Sea. The possibility of learning a lot of useful stuff and having fun in a group obviously helped to make my decision. The people here are super friendly and the sea is phenomenal. Though Egypt is very hot, but you get used to it ;). In conclusion, I can absolutely recommend trying it yourself.

Stefanie Götsch

4.9.- 16.10.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Stefanie Hi, I’m Stefanie and 22 years old. I live in Hamburg und study Biology. When I saw the brochure at university saying that the RSEC was looking for volunteers for a reef check project, I thought that was really cool in contrast to the normal study life. I`ve dived in Germany in a lake which was very fascinating. Now that I’m helping with the Dahab Reef Monitoring II, we have been diving in Dahab twice and the world under water looks like a picture book, absolutely fascinating…. I’m looking forward to my time here in Dahab.

Jana Hildebrand

30.8.- 11.10.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Jana Hey, my name is Jana and I am 20 Years old. I got my A Levels at the Neuenbürg school in Baden Württemberg this March. The sea and the diversity of creatures under water fascinated me since the very beginning. It has always been clear that I want to study and work with something in the field of marine biology. I searched for an internship in marine biology all over the world after my A Levels. But the problem was that most of them were really expensive or seemed to be not that informative. Finally I choose a voluntary position in the RSEC in Dahab and the Dahab Reef Monitoring Project, because on the one hand it seems to be a fun time and on the other hand it gives me the opportunity to learn a lot of useful knowledge for my future studies.

Zara-Louise C.

26.7.- 30.8.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Zara

Hi, my name is Zara. I'm 20 years old, from England and am studying Biological Sciences at the University of Liverpool. I'm interested in marine biology, in particular tropical reef ecology, and I also love diving which is why I wanted to take part in Coral Project Dahab. The project has been a lot of fun so far and the diving has been great.

Wiebke R.

26.7.- 30.8.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Wiebke Ralf I'm studying BioGeo-Analysis at the University of Trier. Diving fascinates me and I like marine biology so this project was especially interesting to me. Aside from that I heard that the Red Sea has some of the most beautiful diving spots and I want to see it by myself. In the first project week we learnt a lot about corals and their endangerments and I could also learn more about the diving techniques.

Kristina S.

26.7.- 30.8.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Kristina S. Hey, my name is Kristina and I am 29 years old. I participate at the coral reef project 2012. I have been interested in Marine Biology for a long time. From October onwards I will finally start to study it. I am really looking forward to it and I think that this project is the perfect preparation for it and it will be so much fun because there is a lot of diving. And in fact it is like I hoped it would be!! Diving is great, the view of the sea from the office is great, the weather is always great (if you like it hot), the crew is great, my mattress is great...Still happy! 

Nancy M.

26.7.- 30.8.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Nancy M. Hi, my name is Nancy, I´m 22 years old and from Berlin. I study Biological Sciences at the University of Potsdam. This Project is a good opportunity to get an inside look at all the methods for surveys, which is important for me, because I´m planning to specialize in Environmental Protection. Besides this, diving is great fun and the people from the RSEC and Sinai Divers are always smiling, which makes you really feel welcome and at home.

Alexander M.

26.7.- 30.8.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Alexander M.  

Nese Sahin

17.5.- 21.6.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Nese Sahin Hi, my Name is Neşe and I am currently doing my Bachelors in Biology. Wanting to specialize in the field of evolutionary biology of marine invertebrates in the future, I thought that volunteer work at the RSEC would be a great opportunity to deepen my knowledge in marine ecology, get an insight in conservation work and learn about different underwater sampling techniques. I will therefore participate in the Masbat Bay Conservation program for five weeks and am excited about what will surely be a fun and educational time.

Alexander Schabbach

17.5.- 21.6.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Alexander Schabbach My name is Alexander Schabbach and I’m from Germany. I’ve completed my high-school diploma in March this year and I will probably start studying by this year’s winter semester. As I`m very interested in studying biology as the major subject I decided to participate in the Masbat Bay Conservation Project. The first few days already delivered a good insight into the activities in a field station and I’m looking forward to more informative weeks here in Dahab.

Vincent Fehr

26.4.- 21.6.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Vincent Fehr My name is Vincent Fehr and I am from Switzerland. I recently finished my bachelor studies in geography at University of Zurich and now I have to do an internship for my minor field of study in environmental science. I decided to complete this during two months at the fieldstation of the RSEC in Dahab, where I will participate in the Masbat Bay Conservation Project. Because I am thinking of probably doing my master studies in something like deep sea research, I am hoping that this internship will also serve as a decision support for my future plans. During the first five days I already experienced a lot and I am looking forward to an interesting and informative time in Dahab.

Sophie Schmitter

15.3.- 7.5.2012

28.6.-13.9.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Corinne L´Eplattenier

My name is Sophie Schmitter, I‘m 20 years old and I’m from Freiburg, Germany. I graduate my a-levels 2011 and I started to travel around a bit after that. I joined before the Dahab Monitoring Project in March and April, because I felt very interested in marine biology. During the project, I discovered that I want to study this, so now I’m back to be a part of another project, the Coral Project Dahab 2012. The work here is really fun to me and I hope that this fun on biology will stay with me at university…

Gwendolyn Schumacher

1.3.- 19.4.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Gwendolyn Schumacher

Hi, my name is Gwen, I'm 19 and I'm joining the Dahab Reef Monitoring Project. After passing my A-levels last summer I didn't want to go to university immediately.
With the RSEC I can gain new experiences while learning a lot about the ecosystem of reefs and I really enjoy it.

Corinne L´Eplattenier

29.2.- 1.6.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Corinne L´Eplattenier Hy, my name is Corinne L´Eplattenier. I´m from Switzerland and finished my bachelor studies in economies last summer. Because I´ve already dived for a few years, I wanted to support reef protection in the Red Sea. When I was looking for an opportunity to do this, I found out about RSEC on the internet and joined as a volunteer for three monts here at the fieldstation in Dahab. I love it and can strongly recommend a volunteer program to anybody interested!

Niklas Petschko

21.2.- 27.3.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Niklas Petschko Servus,
my name is Niklas Petschko and i am 23 years old. Currently I am studying Geoscience in Munich (Ludwigs-Maximilians-University) and I am in the fifth semester. Since I have always been attracted to the sea, I started diving at the age of 11 and I can‘t get enough of it and never will. When the time came to look for a Bachelor-thesis I recognized that there could be more options than the published thesises (espescially more intresting options). So i thought maybe this is the chance of combining the things you have to do and the things you like to do. Luckily I found a supervising Professor who shares my passion and furthermore has contact to the RSEC. So here I am as a Volunteer and let me tell you one thing, if you like the ocean and you are a scuba diver or soon to be, flight is leaving every Thursday,
what you waiting for???

Prof. Dr. Horst Grunz

26.1.- 1.3.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Horst Grunz My stay in Dahab will combine an improvement of my knowledge in analysis of corals (different species  and their health and diseases) with the special HiTec-Fluorescence during night dives. In addition to the reef check during the day we will show in large scale scanning the distribution off different species and their partial or total destruction by anthropogenic or environmental threats. For this purpose I constructed the worldwide most powerful HiTec torches, which can illuminate areas of up to 6 x 5 meters. This is possible by the new HiTec blue LEDs. Details with about 200 comparative figures can be found in pdf-files on my homepage.

Leopold Mairhuber

26.1.- 1.3.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Leopold Maierhuber

Hello, my name is Leopold Mairhuber and I´m 62 years old. I take part at this project because I find marine biology fascinating. I like the diversity of the Red Sea. Thus, this project offers a very good chance to learn more about the reefs and to monitor the current developments in the environment.

Markus Laube

26.1.- 1.3.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Markus Laube Hello, my name is Markus Laube. I’m 27 years old and I come from Dresden, Germany. I finished my studies in food chemistry in 2009 and now I’m working as a PhD-student at the institute of radiopharmacy, HZDR. So, now I’m here – participating 5 weeks at the coral-project. Many people asked: “And there you’re working in your holidays?” – “Indirectly yes, but I think this will get very exciting!”, I answered. After diving approximately the half of my life,  it is the first time for me to be here in the red sea, this beauty and colorful pot of water. I’m looking forward to get familiar with this new underwater world, to watch it in detail, to learn much about it and to help to save this unique environment.

Franziska Oldenburg

26.1.- 1.3.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Franziska Oldenburg Hello, my name is Franziska Oldenburg. I’m 28 years old and I come from Dresden. Recently, I finished my studies in business economics and soon I’ll start a job as an assistant of taxation. But first, I’m looking forward to be here participating at the coral-project. Because I don’t have a diving license, I will primarily do administrative work and beside I start to do my open water diver here. This will get exciting! I’m glad to get insight into the underwater world and to make a little contribution to protect this beautiful environment.

Thekla Vogt

26.1.- 1.3.2012
Fieldstation Dahab

Thekla Vogt Hi, my name is Thekla. I´m 24 years old and I study B.sc. biology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Afterwards I would like to do my masters in marine biology, therefore I decided to take part in a marine biological research project. I found the RSEC on the Internet and thought that they offer the opportunity to do exactly this. I´m in Dahab for 6 weeks to start with the PADI Open Water Diver course first and to gain some more diving experience. After that I will take part in the coral reef project of the RSEC, which will last 5 weeks. I´m really looking forward to learning more about the biodiversity and above all about the critical situation of the coral reefs in the Red Sea. Furthermore I hope I get more experienced in scientific working and data collecting under water and in the following data evaluation.