RSEC-Volunteers 2013:
Name Photo Description

Jana Slamaj

31.10.-5.12.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Jana Slamaj Hello, my name is Jana and I completed my biology studies at the University of Vienna a few years ago. I decided to take a little break from my job to deepen my knowledge of marine biology. As part of the Masbat Bay Conservation Project I will make a valuable contribution to the protection of this Bay in Dahab, by gathering data about the fish and corals occurring here. Here I can live out my passion for diving! Since I also work as a Divemaster at the Tauchzentrum Wien (www.tauchzentrum.at), I'm looking forward to sharing my knowledge with many other diving enthusiasts.

Sheila Hanney

31.10.-5.12.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Sheila Hanney Hi my name is Sheila, I have been visiting Dahab since 2006 when I completed my open water course. I usually come here to recover after working on this project www.circus2iraq.org. This time I wanted to come and get more involved in a reef project; to improve my diving and also to find out more about the reef and its inhabitants. Dahab is a very beautiful and an amazing place to snorkel and dive and I wish to assist in its preservation. Helping to clean up the reef is high on my agenda too. Getting involved with likeminded divers is a great way to learn more and share skills.

Nancy Armas Martinez

5.9.-10.10.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

Nancy Armas Martinez Hi,
My name is Nancy, I´m from Berlin and I’ve just finished my Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Potsdam. I already joined the Coral Project Dahab last year and want to learn more about the fish species and the ecosystems here. Also I really liked Dahab, the dive sites and the whole atmosphere in the dive center. It´s a good chance to get more experience in diving and to get to know more species of fish and invertebrates. You get a good inside look of the methods, which are used to collect data and how you can analyze them.  So all in all, it was a great experience to be here last year and that´s why I´m joining the project again this time.

Tom Vierus

5.9.-21.11.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Tom Vierus Hi,
my name is Tom Vierus, I´m 24 years old and I just finished my biology bachelor degree in Germany. I´m quite sure I want to work with marine life in some way, so I´m happy to gain work experiences here at RSEC in Dahab. I want to improve my knowledge of fish, survey-techniques and everything else related to reefs and the ecosystem "sea" in general.
It´s terrible how nature is getting exploited by us humans, so spreading awareness and knowledge is a key factor to successfull protection in the future.
Since my first dive in 2012 I´ve fallen in love with diving and this amazing world beneath the surface. I think it´s a great opportunity here to improve diving skills by joining the Reef Check program.
Looking forward to my time here :)
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Sarah Zauner

3.9.-24.10.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Sarah Zauner

Hi guys,

My name is Sarah and I am currently doing my master´s program in Marine Biology at the University of Vienna. Since I love to travel and experience new things above and under water I signed up for the Reef Check in Dahab. In addition to that, I will collect data for my master thesis which deals with the abundance and diversity of cone snails around Dahab.

Simone Raus

3.9.-17.10.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Simone Raus Ahoi everyone!
In short, my name is Simi and I finished my Bachelor in biology – ecology this summer. This winter semester I will start my Master in ecology in special marine biology. You can see, my interest is very high being part of this project. Just “watching the sea surface” was never ever enough in my life, so I am really happy about working and learning UNDER the water by active handling. Each dive will bring new experiences and skills. The team 2013 got unfortunately reduced but we are all highly motivated and enthused. The next 5 weeks will be really exciting and funny.  I hope we will end up with a recent-positive stock this year and I wish us good-air!

Natascha Hourle

15.8.-

Fieldstation Dahab

 

 

Natascha Hourle Hi my name is Natascha, I m 21 and I am from Germany. Iʻve joined RSEC for the Dahab Reef Monitoring last year. After finishing my Bachelor thesis on cleaner wrasses I am now back to Dahab until the end of December.
Working with RSEC has proved to be a wonderful combination of gaining diving experience and working in the field of marine conservation. I hope I can help to preserve this wonderful place and give something back to the environment.  

Louise Anderson

25.7.-29.8.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

Louise Anderson Hi, my name is Louise Anderson and I am a third year Biology student at Newcastle University in the UK. I lived in Cairo for many years and learned to dive here in the Red Sea. As I have progressed through my degree, I have become increasingly interested in marine ecosystems and particularly in coral reefs. As such I decided to come back to Egypt and learn more about reef research and conservation with RSEC. I will be here volunteering with the Coral Project for five weeks, and am excited to have the opportunity to combine diving and fieldwork experience in such a fantastic part of the world. I hope that my time here will confirm my desire to take my interest in conservation and research to masters level once I have graduated, as well as improve my diving skills.

Natalie Tellwright

25.7.-30.8.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

Natalie Tellwright Heya, my name is Natalie Tellwright and I am an aspiring conservationist. I graduated in Biology from the University of Bath (UK) in July 2012 and have spent much of the last year travelling South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Experiencing habitat destruction and decreasing biodiversity in the developing countries I visited cemented my beliefs on the importance of the conservation movement. I therefore decided to volunteer for a non-profit environmental organization where my contribution would help conserve the surrounding natural habitats, as well as be educated in relevant ecology. Being specifically interested in marine biology and an enthusiastic scuba diver, I found RSEC provided the perfect volunteering opportunities without the expensive payouts some organizations demand. I am thoroughly looking forward to life in Egypt for the next 6 weeks, an exciting prelude to the start of my Conservation Masters course this September.

Jan Gutberlet

25.7.-19.9.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

Jan Gutberlet

Hey my name is Jan ;)
At the moment I’m studying Environmental-Sciences at the University of Trier in Germany. I started diving as a child but always wanted more of a scientific approach to the underwater world. Since I need an eight weeks internship for my bachelor anyway, the Coral-Project was the perfect way to combine the two things. I’m really excited to get the opportunity to learn more about corals and reefs and on top of it it should be a nice chance to improve my diving skills.

Patrick Pohlmann

25.7.-5.9.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

Patrick Pohlmann Hello to you!
My name is Patrick, I am 29 years old and I study Biology at University of Kiel in Germany. When I saw the poster of RSEC at my University my interest was awakened instantly. Doing voluntary work at RSEC was the best opportunity to connect two of my interests:  Diving and the marine ecosystem. So, I decided to go to Dahab. I hope, that I can learn a lot about the ecosystem coral reef as well as improve my diving skills.
Together with an international team of volunteers the next weeks hopefully will be fun and informative!

Isabelle Peeters

25.6.-25.7.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

Isabelle Peeters Hi, My name is Isabelle, I´m 20 years old and I´m a student in biology at the University of Brussels. I have just completed my second year. I´ve been diving since I was a child and I really love being under water. I was ten when I had my first dive in the red sea and got to enjoy the amazing colors and biodiversity it has to offer. I think that may be one of the many reason why protecting the seas and oceans seems essential to me. This internship is a nice opportunity; it will probably help me confirm my choice to work as a marine biologist. I will be staying here one month, following bio courses and working on a volunteer conservation project. I found out about the RSEC while searching on the internet as I absolutely wanted to take part in any kind of biologist training that included diving. I´m really excited about this as it is my very first experience as a biologist diver.

Thomas Dissaux

25.6.-25.7.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

Thomas Dissaux Ola everyone, My name is  Thomas, I´m 22 years old and I just completed my second year in general Biology at the university of Brussels. I heard about RSEC and signed up immediately. After 2 years of university in different faculties I decided to drop everything for Biology in order to work, hopefully one day, as a marine Biologist. RSEC gives me the chance to be part of conservation program and to have a look at the profession in a beautiful and no pressure environment. As a student, having field experience is a great opportunity, besides I love scuba-diving and bio-courses are provided so it´s nothing but benefit. I wonder about more specific studies in marine-biology and this one month program in Dahab will hopefully help me in that decision. I don´t know what to expect here but so far the atmosphere is great and I´m glad to be here.

Annika Ritter

30.5.-11.7.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Annika Ritter

Hi There! My Name is Annika and I´m 27 years old. I studied biology at the University of Duesseldorf and I graduated last year. My Diploma thesis mainly focused on Marine Ecophysiology, specifically on the impact of Ocean Acidification on Rock Lobsters. I heard about RSEC while I was at the ZMT in Bremen. To intensify my knowledge of marine biology and to extend my diving skills I am attending  the Coral Project Dahab for 6 weeks.

Tali Nachoom

28.5.-25.7.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Tali Nachoom

Hi, my name is Tali, and I’m 21 years old. I’m currently studying Marine Vertebrate Zoology at Bangor University in Wales, and have just completed my second year. I am here in Dahab volunteering for the Coral Project, and will stay on with RSEC for a month afterwards. Here I have the opportunity to gain more knowledge about the reefs, and to understand how they work. I will also be gathering data for my third year dissertation project.

Maria Thiele

23.5.-11.7.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Maria Thiele Hello everyone!
My name is Maria Thiele, I’m 25 years old and even though I am actually studying sport science I am very fascinated by nature and actively try to protect it whenever I can. While searching for projects to learn more about marine biology, I found the fieldstation in Dahab, where I will stay for 7 weeks to take part of the coral project. My stay here enables to learn more about marine life, especially about the different kinds of corals that are often an undervalued life species damaged by trash and other careless human influences. 

Rebecca Wright

23.5.-27.6.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Rebecca Wright Hi, my name is Becci, I am a 21 year old student from England. I have just completed a 3 year ‘Marine Biology with Oceanography’ degree, I am about to start my forth year to achieve a Master of Ocean Sciences at the University of Wales, Bangor. I am in Dahab to volunteer for the Coral Project as a brilliant opportunity to enhance my diving skills, specifically how to carry out research dives. I am also interested in learning more about the corals and understanding the various threats to them.

Carina Klein

17.5.-5.7.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Carina Klein Hi, my name is Carina. I am a student of Geological Sciences with focus on Paleontology at the Free University in Berlin. In the context of my studies I got to know the RSEC and the Red Sea on a field trip as a snorkeler. Because I liked both of it very much I decided to come back and learn how to dive. I hope I will gain some fascinating insides on Dahabs underwater world. Additionally I will participate in the Coral Project.

Helena Bauer

16.5.-20.6.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Helena Bauer Hi, my name is Helena, I’m 25 years old and studied biology with specialization on marine biology at the University of Bremen. In autumn I’ll start with my master studies in nature conservation- therefor I have time right now to go “into the field”.  I decided to work together with RSEC because I’d like to learn more about coral reefs and their threats in a practical way and with a scientific point of view. I really enjoy diving and would like to get to know some scientific underwater techniques. I think the Coral Projects offers a good opportunity to improve my underwater skills and to help protecting these amazing ecosystems! 

Marijn Betsema

18.4.-29.8.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

Marijn Betsema Aloha everyone, my name is Marijn Betsema, a 21-year old student from the Netherlands. I live in Leeuwarden where I study Wildlife management at the University of applied sciences. A 19-week orientation internship was required for my study, which I’m currently conducting at the RSEC field station in Dahab. During my stay I will participate in the two Dahab Coral Projects, as well as participating in other project, which are being conducted in between the coral projects.
My stay at the RSEC is a great opportunity for me to enhance my underwater field research techniques as well as my overall knowledge about the reef ecosystem and the huge amount of species that inhabit this ecosystem. This all is aimed at aiding in sustainable use of reef ecosystems after my study.

Jana Hildebrand

14.3.-9.5.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

Jana Hildebrand Hi, my name is Jana and I am 20 years old. From September on I am going to study Coast- and Sea Management in Leeuwarden (Netherlands). In autumn 2012 I already stayed in Dahab for 7 weeks as a volunteer for RSEC and joined the Dahab Reef Monitoring.  I really liked the time and after the project I was completely sure that my studies will deal with marine sciences.
I am really happy that I am here for 2 months again and can do different things, e. g. helping to Protect at the Reef or at a bachelor thesis. Furthermore I want to practice diving and do some more dive courses.

Stephi Bodden

28.2.-6.6.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

Stephi Bodden Hi, my name is Stephi  Bodden, I’m 28 years old and I study “International Studies of Aquatic Tropical Ecology” at the University of Bremen. I have been to RSEC in El Quseir before but now I’d like to get to know the field station in Dahab. Besides participating in the Dahab Reef Monitoring, I will collect data for my Master’s thesis. Therefore I’m staying in Dahab until June. I am interested in sustainable tourism and the impact on corals reefs and fish using reefs as their habitat.

Verena Kalter

28.2.-4.4.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

Verena Kalter Hey, my name is Verena, I’m 22 years old and I currently study Biology at the University of Hamburg. Since I am planning to start the Master studies in Marine Biology next year, I signed up as a volunteer for Dahab Reef Monitoring for 5 weeks. I decided to go to RSEC because I want to get to know more about field methods of marine biology and be part of a conservation project. Besides, I can improve my diving skills at beautiful dive sites in the Red Sea.

Wiebke R.

28.2.-4.4.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

Wiebke Ralf I’m studying BioGeo-Analysis in the third year at the University of Trier and I’ll write my Bachelor-thesis about the Dahab Reef Monitoring i.e. anthropogenic influence on the indicator fish. I’ve been to Dahab for another project during the last summer. Because I learned a lot about the beautiful underwater world I wanted to come back as soon as possible to dive here again and of course to learn more about it. In the first few days we heard a lot about fishes and invertebrates and I hope I can memorise it soon.

Laura Darimont

28.2.-4.4.2013

Fieldstation Dahab

Laura Darimont Hi my name is Laura Darimont and I am 22 years old. I live in Germany and I’m currently studying BioGeo-Analysis. On one hand I have to do an internship; on the other hand I’m fascinated by the sea from my childhood on. I hope I can do my maters in Marine Biology and this internship will help me in decision making. Furthermore I can learn already how to do practical work under water. I learned how to dive here in Dahab and hopefully I can improve my diving skills during the next five weeks.

Maike Timmermann

17.1.- 23.5.2013
Fieldstation Dahab

Maike Timmermann Hello, my name is Maike Timmermann and I’m studying Industrial and Environmental Biology (Bachelor of Sciences) in the 6th semester at the University of Bremen. Within my studies I have to complete one practical semester as an internship abroad. I decided to go to Dahab to the RSEC, because I want to learn some more about marine biology and especially about coral reefs. Another important point to come to Dahab was to learn diving and also to help protecting the environment. I will join the Dahab Reef Monitoring and I also will have a look at the Masbat Bay Conservation Project. That’s my first time in Egypt and I’m really looking forward to the time here with a lot of beautiful and unforgettable moments (under and also over the water).

Jonas Martin

17.1.- 21.2.2013
Fieldstation Dahab

Jonas Martin Hi my name is Jonas and I’m 26 years old. I did my Bachelor of Biology in Cologne and I’m currently studying Nature Conservation and Biodiversity (Msc) with a focus on marine biology in Marburg. At the moment, I am taking part in the Masbat Bay Conservation Project. For me, there are several reasons for volunteering at the RSEC.  My main aims are learning more about the ecology and biology of coral reefs and help protecting the flora and fauna of Masbat Bay. Furthermore, the project is a good opportunity to improve my diving skills. After my stay in Dahab I will participate in an international program (GAME) of the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel (Geomar). Therefore I will stay in Mexico for half a year where I will of to do my Master thesis about microplastics in the coastal environment.

Matteo Krüger

10.1.- 21.3.2013
Fieldstation Dahab

Matteo Krüger Hi, my name is Matteo Krüger; I’m 19 years old and from Bingen (Germany). Since one year I’ve been studying geology at the University of Mainz, but also I’m very interested in biology and until now I’ve been diving for a couple of years with great pleasure, especially in the Red Sea. From January to March I will stay in Dahab for 10 weeks. I will join the Masbat Bay Conservation Project to help protecting the marine life in this beautiful place and to experience the methods of field research. Also, I hope to connect my hobby with a meaningful task. After the project I will absolve my Divemaster here in Dahab.

Prof. Dr. Horst Grunz

10.1.- 21.2.2013
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 s+pecies 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.