RSEC-Volunteers 2014:
Name Photo Description

Romy Lansbergen

7.11.2014 - 30.1.2015

Fieldstation Dahab

Romy Lansbergen

Hi, my name is Romy Lansbergen and I am a second year student from coastal and marine management in The Netherlands. I am conducting my internship at RSEC to learn more about corals and reef fish in the red sea. I have a big passion for the world’s oceans and am keen to learn as much as I can about marine biology. In my course of study in we learn to find that delicate balance between conserving nature and economy. Through the projects here at RSEC I am learning and seeing the problems that arise when humans start interacting with nature. I hope to be able to contribute to the RSEC projects and learn more about the coral reefs in the Red Sea.  

Nadja Schedensack

12.10.-20.12.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

Nadja Schedensack Hi, my name is Nadja and I am studying Geology with focus on paleontology at the Freie University Berlin. In my master studies I attended some courses about coral reefs and the anthropocene, the age which is discussed as the present geological epoch. I developed a fascination for the coral reefs and their dwellers. However, I also learned a lot about the threats for the coral reefs in the anthropocene. The RSEC offers many interesting projects including the coral project, which is very important for the control of the evolution of the status of the coral reefs. I am very happy that I have the opportunity to participate on the project. After this I will conduct the fieldwork for my master’s thesis by investigating the impact of the tourists on the damage of the corals. I am very sure that I will learn a lot about the coral reef ecosystem in the Red Sea and I hope that I can make a small contribution to the protection of them?

Nikki Lloyd

11.10.- 15.11.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

Nikki Lloyd

Hi, my name is Nikki and I’m from England. I’m using part of my sabbatical from my job with the Environment Agency to volunteer here at RSEC and help out with the Coral Project. It’s been a few years since I studied a BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology or worked in the marine sector. I’ve a longstanding fascination with coral reefs but unfortunately I can no longer scuba dive, so the snorkeling project is perfect for me to get involved with to try and help make a difference.

Florian van der Veen

28.8.2014 - 9.1.2015

Fieldstation Dahab

Florian van der Veen Hi, my name is Florian van der Veen and I am a first year student for the bachelor program Coastal Zone management in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. I will be in Dahab for a five month internship from September till January. During my stay in Dahab I will participate in the Coral Project Dahab II, but since I will be staying longer than average, I will also do a project with two of my friends and colleague students, Hessel and Sharmayne. In this project we will look at the infestation of two different snail species on corals in the Dahab Masbat bay area. Since I started diving in 2009, I have always been fascinated about the marine life. This is why, when I heard of RSEC and their programs, I was immediately interested in this internship opportunity. I am very interested in doing underwater survey’s, learning about the different kinds of research and learning all about the corals and fishes in the Gulf of Aqaba. I hope when I leave Dahab in January I will have a lot of new knowledge, new experiences, new story’s to tell and new friends.

Hessel Merkus

28.8.2014 - 25.1.2015 Fieldstation Dahab

Hessel Merkus Hello everyone! My name is Hessel Merkus, I am 22 years old and I study coastal- and marine management at the Van Hall Larenstein University at Leeuwarden (The Netherlands). This course of study focuses on the use of coastal and marine areas and how to find equilibrium between nature conservation in one hand and the use of those areas for economical purposes on the other. While doing this internship in Dahab I am really interested to see the effects of tourism on coral reefs and the ecosystem itself. Is there a way to achieve equilibrium within an area so intensive used as the snorkel/dive- sites of Dahab? When doing the Coral Project Dahab II, I hope to find out!

Sharmayne Mik

28.8.2014 - 25.1.2015 Fieldstation Dahab

Sharmayne Mik Hello! My name is Sharmayne and I’m 24 years old. I’m a second year Bachelor student of 'Coastal and marine management' at van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. My main goal is to find out if I should choose the Marine Biology- or Marine Policy major later on in my study. It is a great opportunity to be involved in interesting subjects of marine biology and projects RSEC offers. I’m really interested in this marine ecosystem. During my internship over 5 months, I’ll be involved in the ‘Coral Project Dahab II’ and our research project about coral eating snails together with Hessel Merkus and Florian van der Veen. Personally, I hope to learn much about corals with the ‘Coral project Dahab II’ and find some interesting results with my own project. I have never been to Egypt before, so I think it is a great adventure. Furthermore, diving in the Red Sea is amazing and it’s a great new experience!

Tim Fuhrmann

6.8.-11.9.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

Tim Fuhrmann

Hello, my name is Tim Fuhrmann and I'm 23 years old. At the moment I study Geological Sciences at the Freie Universität Berlin. Thanks to my parents and my ecological oriented school I got an early relationship to nature and environmental protection. After I heared about the Reef Monitoring Project from RSEC I was excited instantly.

I'm very greateful for the chance I've gotten from ORIS and the RSEC to be a part of this project in Dahab. It was a real adventure and a great experience.

Justine Arnold

8.8.-18.9.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

Justine Arnold

Hello, my name is Justine Arnold and I'm 27 years old. At the moment I'm studying biology in Mainz on the Johannes Gutenberg University. Professionally and privately, it pulls me often abroad to work with exotic animals.

My last stay abroad is already two years ago. I've worked in China as a vet nurse where I took care of moon bears and pandas. The coral reef conservation project of RSEC on the Red Sea, which is made possible by Oris, is a great experience. I really enjoyed this time.

Iris Wicht

28.7.-25.9.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

Iris Wicht Hi, my name is Iris and I'm doing my 8-week internship at RSEC for my studies M.Sc. Environmental Science and Conservation at the University of Hildesheim. While looking for an internship in which I can pursue my passion for diving and also expand my knowledge of coral reefs and their inhabitants, I came across the Dahab Reef Monitoring II project. Particularly interesting is the application of newly learned and globally standardized field methods during the Reef-monitoring, which might also help me in my future career, as I would like to specialize in the field of Hydrobiology.
I am very excited about the next few weeks and hope that I can take home, in addition to many new experiences and knowledge, also good memories.

Annika Merkelbag

28.7.-25.9.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

Annika Merkelbag Hello everyone! My name is Annika Merkelbag and I’m a student at the Stiftung Universität Hildesheim where I study the M.Sc. environmental science and nature conservation. This program asks of each student to do an internship for 8 weeks. RSEC is offering me the opportunity to do this internship at its field station in Dahab, Egypt. During this internship I’m taking part at the project “Dahab Reef Monitoring”. Since I was young I’ve been interested in the Sea as an ecosystem. In grade 11 I wrote a paper about “the anthropogenic threat to coral reefs” which has only been a literature research. Now I got the opportunity to experience coral reefs for real, to deepen my knowledge and to examine the coral reefs on a scientific basis within the project. The methods I’ll study within the project will be helpful for my career later on. I’m looking forward to spend the next weeks in a very sunny Dahab with other nice volunteers. I’ll be diving and learning a lot!

Alexandre Debay

8.7.-5.10.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

Alexandre Debay Hi I am Alexandre. I am in fourth year of a five years M.S.C program at ISARA, engineering school of agriculture, food science and environmental studies, in Lyon, France and I do a professional internship of three months in RSEC for my academic year. The internship allows me to discover a professional structure in research and laboratory of this organisation and at the same time to progress in English. During my first years at ISARA, I also studded zoology, botany, biology and ecology. I would like to increase my knowledge on marine biology and work on the coral ecosystems and the behavior of reef fish. In August, I am going to participate at the Dahab Reef Monitoring. I am three stars of world underwater federation CMAS and this internship at RSEC it’s for me a real opportunities to discover another way to dive for reef check and for my first time to dive in Red Sea and filming my dives with my Go Pro.

Amanda Simões Souza

26.6.-2.8.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

Amanda Simões Souza Hello! My name is Amanda and I am 23 years old. I am a Bachelor Biology student from Brazil. Since August 2013 I am studying in Budapest- Hungary through the Brazilian exchange program called Science Without Borders. The Summer Academy Course carried by RSEC provides a marine ecosystem study in a practical and realistic way. During the dives we can observe in details the aquatic life and understand how it functions. Experienced, patiently and helpful divers at the center and the kind group are essential to make the long working days fun and enjoyable. I hope to learn about the Red Sea biodiversity and experience a job of a marine biologist.

Lisann Heuer

26.6.-31.7.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

Lisann Heuer My name is Lisann Heuer and I'm a from Germany, Berlin. I'm currently studying "Marine Biodiversity and Conservation" (EMBC+). It is a former Erasmus Mundus Master Program which takes place in different countries all over Europe. I'm participating at the RSEC project because I wanted to expand my knowledge across European borders and theory studies. Additionally I wanted to know more about "Reef Check" which is carried out worldwide. I really like the concept of RSEC to combine conservation with teaching. That's why I'm looking forward to the next weeks here in Dahab (July 2014).

Mareike Babuder

21.6.-5.8.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Mareike Babuder My name is Mareike and I’m a 26 old student from Germany. Currently I’m doing my master in marine biodiversity and conservation (EMBC+) at the University of Bremen. Since the next semester starts in September, I decided to spend my holidays with increase my knowledge about reef conservation and monitoring as I’m highly interested in these topics. In addition I finally can spend some time under water again… I’ve been in Dahab before doing a reef ecology course with RSEC in 2011…so I couldn’t wait to go back ;-)

Mathias Meschkank

21.6.-5.8.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

Mathias Meschkank I’m Mathias, a 33 years old diver. My intention to do this course is, that I love diving and I always want to learn more. I am already quiet good in fish identification. Now I hope to learn more about corals and the interaction between fish and corals. As a divemaster this course can maybe also help in the future to find jobs in the dive industry.
Silal El-Saleh

28.4.-8.6.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

Silal El-Saleh Hi, my name is Silal El-Saleh and I am 22 years old. I got my bachelor´s degree in biology at the University of Tübingen. Since I was a child I was fascinated by the underwater world. In the last few years I made many Internships and excursions where I made research on dolphins, brittle stars, benthic sharks and the Great White. RSEC offers the great opportunity to get to know the Coral Reef ecosystem and to improve my knowledge about local species. I get to know important methods to measure and record this complex system. Additionally I will do at least 40 dives which help me a lot to increase my diving skills and I am very excited about the research dives. I hope to gain experience and knowledge for my Masters in Marine Biology and to support the protection of reefs. A calm office above the rooftops of Dahab and friendly people at the dive center make the working atmosphere very enjoyable. Even if we are such a small group this year, more precisely two girls, I am sure we will manage the Coral Reef Project 2014 as well as all the other teams the years before!

Aylin Maria Aras

8.4.-14.6.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

Aylin Maria Aras Hi, my name is Aylin, I'm 28 years old and I'm studying at the Institute of Hydrobiology and Fishery Science of the University of Hamburg. Always my passion was the understanding and research of marine ecosystems and my interest in coral reefs with their awesome diversity and due to the massive threat by humans especially is very high. On one hand my master thesis engages with the acquisition of biodiversity and habitat preferences of the local fish community in different habitats of the Masbat Bay and other coral reefs around Dahab which show a different appearance of tourism. I observe 100 m² transects in which all fish and the substrate compositions were determined. In addition I join the Coral Project of the RSEC whereby I previously learned much about methods and background of scientific fieldwork. On the other hand I collect data to investigate natural events which are not anthropogenic to study their impacts on the local ecosystem. I hope to learn much about the Red Sea which is such a special ecosystem with a fascinating biodiversity and what we have to protect in any case.

Fee Zanke

1.3.-13.4.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Fee Zanke Hello my name is Fee. Since I've been a kid I have been fascinated by underwater nature and especially the diverse coral reefs. The fascination led me to my recently started master studies of aquatic tropical ecology at the University of Bremen. For some reasons I always dreamed about diving in a real reef but actually never got to it. With all the difficult circumstances I had to come here to fulfil my dream finally and every time diving or snorkeling I am again astonished and wowed by the beauty of this ecosystem. There are so many fish and other creatures. Now I can see close and for real what I before only knew from TV is breathtaking.

Maria Suplicki

1.3.-29.3.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Maria Suplicki Hey my name is Maria and I am 21 years old and studying biology (2nd year) at the university of Göttingen. I am part of the Dahab Reef Monitoring because I like to get to know more about the species in the ocean and the changes of the reefs.

Volker Soltys

27.2.-3.4.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Volker Soltys Hi, my name is Volker Soltys and I’m currently studying biology in the 1st year. I'm taking part at this program, because I like to know what I see and what's surrounding me while I'm diving. Also, I like to travel and meet new people, and this program is a good experience for my studies.

Nina Röder

27.2.-10.4.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

Nina Röder Hello! My name is Nina and I am a German environmental science student. I joined the Dahab Reef Monitoring for six weeks at the RSEC Dahab. When I started diving two years ago, I was amazed by the underwater world, but had a limited knowledge about the fishes, corals, anemones, crustaceans and other organisms you find there. For the Dahab Reef Monitoring we learn about all the important indicator organisms and their biological function in the reefs. My aim is not only to increase my knowledge about the reefs, but to contribute to marine protection and certainly have a lot of fun diving!

Christian Hofinger

27.2.-4.4.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Christian Hofinger

Hi here is Christian Hofinger, the "Methusalix" of this project. In my main profession I'm teacher for sports and biology in a senior high school in Linz in Austria. Beside I'm also diving instructor with an own diving school on the Attersee in upperaustria.
I have a year free now and want to use these weeks to learn more about marine organisms and of the reef system. I hope I can convince the diving Instructors of the Austrian diving association that it is important to know something about the water ecosystems which should be part of every diving education. Therefore I've to learn it by myself.
I'm also thinking that these projects are extremely important and necessary to get more information which could help to protect an ecosystem which is the life base for many people.

Dr. Christian Jessen

25.2.-5.4.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

Christian Jessen Dear all, my name is Christian and I just finished my PhD in coral reef ecology at the ZMT in Bremen. For my diploma thesis I have already been to the RSEC fieldstation in El Quseir. Now, I finally managed to visit Dahab and I want to support Nina with the coordination of the Dahab Reef Monitoring and also to try out some methods in coral reef research. I am particularly interested how anthropogenic stressors affect coral reefs, how herbivory works in the Red Sea and how disturbed system can be reversed. I am looking forward to seeing the different reefs in the Dahab region and I am curious how the reefs have changed over the last years. The Reef Check approach is a very useful tool to follow their development.

Melanie Koch-Elhawwari

4.1.-3.4.2014

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Melanie Koch-Elhawwari Hi, my name is Melanie Koch-Elhawwari. Currently I'm doing an Erasmus Mundus Master in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC). As part of my master studies I'm doing six-weeks internship at the RSEC. During the internship I'll work with old data of the Masbat Bay Conservation projects and the goal is to analyze and compare all data from the previous years and write a report. After the internship I'll do my master thesis here which deals with the feeding behavior of Chaetodontidae. For this I'll concentrate on two different species and will investigate their feeding behavior (preferred prey, bite rates, time spend on corals). Furthermore I'll try to figure out if snorkeling activities influence the feeding behavior. In total I'll spend three months in Dahab.