RSEC-Volunteers 2015:
Name Photo Description

Deborah Knapp

10.10. - 14.11.2015

Fieldstation Dahab

Deborah Knapp Hey there I’m Deborah, 25 years old and a Swiss biology student from the heart. I’m diving for over 14 years now and I couldn’t imagine a life without the Sea. Now what would be better than combining biology and the sea! Unfortunately the coast isn’t around the corner in Switzerland but luckily there are places like the RSEC in Dahab. I’m really excited to be part of the summer academy II and to be able to work on an own little project while enjoying the beauty of the Orient. Being part of this project, I have the opportunity to get an insight into the applied field of marine biology. I can experience how to record data underwater and I have professionals around me who answer my numerous questions patiently. When I’m back at the University of Zurich I will start with my Master thesis in Ecology. I hope that one day I will be able to contribute with my research to a better understanding of the sea and its secrets. The experiences I’m able to collect at the RSEC will sure be of great advantage therefore. Further I’m convinced that if we pass on our own fascination about this unique ecosystem it will be preserved for many future generations.

Malte Ilgauds

3.9. - Jan 2016

Fieldstation Dahab

Malte Ilgauds Hello my name is Jannes Hauptstein. I am 23 years and will start my master in molecular bioengineering at the Technical University of Dresden after the project. After my first diving experience in Thailand two years ago, I was fascinated by the new world you can discover underwater. Therefore I joined the RSEC team at the Dahab reef monitoring project II 2015 to do more than normal diving. With this project I hope to get a deeper background knowledge about the underwater world I want to explore. Of course I also joined the project to become a better diver, to do something useful in my free time and to meet new cool people.

Tegan Leisegang

9.8. - 12.9.2015

Fieldstation Dahab

Tegan Leisegang  

Jannes Hauptstein

8.8. - 12.9.2015

Fieldstation Dahab

Jannes Hauptstein Hello my name is Jannes Hauptstein. I am 23 years and will start my master in molecular bioengineering at the Technical University of Dresden after the project. After my first diving experience in Thailand two years ago, I was fascinated by the new world you can discover underwater. Therefore I joined the RSEC team at the Dahab reef monitoring project II 2015 to do more than normal diving. With this project I hope to get a deeper background knowledge about the underwater world I want to explore. Of course I also joined the project to become a better diver, to do something useful in my free time and to meet new cool people.

Nadja Risch Ferreira

5.8. - 5.10.2015

Fieldstation Dahab

Nadja Risch Ferreira Hey my name is Nadja. I’m 22 years old and studying Biological Diversity and Ecology in the 5th semester in Göttingen. Since I’ve spend a few months in Costa Rica I appreciate and love the nature even more than before. I was so fascinated of the diversity and the country what finally brought me the decision what to study. For the internship which was scheduled by university after the forth semester I knew for sure that I will absolve it abroad. After some research on the internet I finally found the website of RSEC and I was immediately excited.  The project offers me the opportunity to discover a new and interesting field. The world underwater in the red sea is even much more impressive than expected. And now after some studying I’m already able to identify all the corals and a lot of fishes and invertebrates and I’m really looking forward to evaluate the results of the surveys.
But I already know for sure that my decision to make the internship here was right. Dahab is really amazing.

Sarah Westphal

5.8. - 6.10.2015

Fieldstation Dahab

Sarah Westphal

Hola, my name is Sarah and i am 23 years old. At the moment i study environmental biology sciences at the University of Trier and at the same time, i am working for the general Students’ Committee as the ecological keynote speaker. I am engaged in Ecological education, organisation and environmental conservation and i am passionate about marine biology, marine conservation and marine research. For my Master i aspire toward marine biodiversity, oceanography and conservation and nothing lends better to get a first insight than this internship. In Dahab i take part in the Coral Reef Monitoring and support Nina when the project is over. Since i came here, i am even more sure about my dream becomes true and that i am on the way to turn my passion into my career. I am so glad for the experiences and knowledge about corals, coral diseases, invertebrates and fish. The life in Dahab is amazing, people are kind, the food is delicious, the sun shines every day upon my face and my work takes place under the sea, how can it be more marvelous?
"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.“ — Jacques Yves Cousteau, Oceanographer

Vicky Labitzke

2.8. - 5.10.2015

Fieldstation Dahab

Vicky Labitzke Hi, my name is Vicky and I’m 21 years old. I am currently studying environmental monitoring in Dresden Germany. As part of our course we have to do an eight week internship which I am doing at the RSEC in Dahab. Soon after my arrival I did my Open Water course which is needed to take part in the Reef Check Monitoring which was to follow. Because my studies don`t deal with marine biology, I have never come into contact with the field, I have however always been interested in this subject and hence wanted to get a deeper insight into this work field. Before my A levels, I thought about studying marine and have always been fascinated by the world under water.
Besides this, travelling is one of my biggest hobbies and I really enjoy getting to know different cultures and languages and gaining experiences abroad. In the last few weeks however we have been learning so much, so this has been kept on a low. After being here just 4 weeks, I know most of the local corals, invertebrates and fishes, and with every dive you discover something new. Living and working together with like-minded people allows me to feel understood as we all have similar ideas and concerns in terms of the ocean and other biological factors. On our days off and in the evenings we are able to take advantage of some of the tourist activities and explore the area. All in all the Reef Check Monitoring is a wonderful adventure for all friends of nature and diving.

Melissa Thaler

31.7. - 8.9.2015

Fieldstation Dahab

Melissa Thaler My name is Melissa Thaler, I am 21 years old and I am currently finishing my bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Vienna. I also study bioinformatics as a second study as I got interested in this interdisciplinary field during my studies. I did my biology degree in ecology and although I want to continue my studies in the fields of microbiology and molecular biology, environmental science and conservation still are of great interest to me. When I learned about the Dahab Reef Monitoring Project I thought of it as a great opportunity to help to conserve the beautiful dive sites of Dahab and learn about the unique ecosystems in the Northern Red Sea. I am fascinated by the magnificent diversity of fish and corals here. When I started my OWD at the Sinai Divers, I instantly fell in love with diving and since then I also did my Advanced Course. It is definitely something I want to continue to do and hopefully I will see Dahab again.

Patrick Köster

31.7. - 12.9.2015

Fieldstation Dahab

Patrick Köster Hello, my name is Patrick and I’m 23 years old. Currently I’m about to finish the last year of my Bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences at the Free University of Berlin. So why am I participating in a Marine Biology volunteering project? Well, as far as I can recall I’ve always been fascinated by almost all branches of natural sciences, starting with Astronomy when I was in preschool age. Reading books about other fields such as deep sea exploration and the evolution of marine life made me discover with excitement the amazing analogies between the vastness and emptiness of interstellar space and the giant oceans covering most of earth – and our helplessness trying to make sense of all the stuff that’s in it.
Besides that, I really wanted to learn to dive. I figured the DRM would be an awesome opportunity to combine holiday with education and the conservation of one of the most fragile – and one of the most beautiful - ecosystems in the world.

Raphael Walker

30.7. - 10.9.2015

Fieldstation Dahab

Raphael Walker Hi, it’s me Raphael Walker from Switzerland and just got 23 some days ago. I’ve done a bachelor degree in biochemistry and will continue my Master at ETH Zurich in immunology and microbiology. Even though marine biology won’t be the main focus for my further education I enjoy every day of the Dahab Reef Monitoring Project. This project enhanced my understanding for the fragility of the ocean and made me aware to preserve this beauty.

Ida Krogsgaard Svendsen

6.6. - 5.8.2015

Fieldstation Dahab

Ida Krogsgaard Svendsen My name is Ida, I am 27 years old. I have a bachelor degree in biology with focus on ecology and physiology from University of Southern Denmark and has been accepted in the biology master program with focus on research, starting in September 2015. My main interests are biogeography, conservation and evolution. I will be working with conservation of sea turtles and carrying out surveys. I came to the RSEC to obtain work experiences before starting my master, and will also participate in the summer academy. I am a skilled diver with international experiences, I took my diving licence in 2013 before my study in the Hydra Institute in Italy. I will be volunteering at the RSEC for two months, until the 5th of August.

Alex Mitchell

2.6. - 5.8.2015

Feldstation Dahab

Alex Mitchell Hi, My name is Alex Mitchell; I am currently studying my Bachelor degree in Marine Environmental Science at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Every since I was young I have been around the ocean as I do a lot of windsurfing, this lead to my interest in the underwater world. I am joining the summer academy for 2 months to carry out my bachelor thesis which is an investigation into the relationship of reef archaeology to the fish biodiversity of an area, I will therefore be carrying out fish belts (using Simpsons Diversity Index to calculate diversity) and line intercept transects to assess the coral morphology cover. This will give me a better understanding of the beautiful inner workings of the Red Sea and further my experience and knowledge of this sector of science.

Nils Stappert

5.6. - 6.8.2015

Fieldstation Dahab

 

Nils Stappert Hi my name is Nils, I am 22 years old and I am from Germany. I study biology in the 6th semester at the University of Freiburg. The reason I am doing the summer acadamy is because I would like to specialise in marine biology during my masters degree.
 I love the ocean and I am fascinated by the underwaterworld. So far, my knowledge about the underwaterworld in general and the underwaterworld in the red sea is very poor. I am hoping to learn a lot about the fishdiversity, corals, get a vision on being a marine biologist during the acadamy and see what I may want to specialize later as I start working.
My passion has always been diving and to live at the ocean and to study the ocean and see what is happening underwater with my own eyes. The people I have met so far are really nice and I can just recommend this to everyone who is a littlebit interested in marine science, fish, diving what so ever.

Vanessa Kuhs

26.2. - 24.5.2015

Feldstation Dahab

Vanessa Kuhs

Hey, my name is Vanessa and I am 32 years old. Currently I am studying „Marine ecosystems and fisheries sciences“ at the university of Hamburg . The next three months I will spend in Dahab, joining the „Dahab Reef Monitoring Project“ from the RSEC. There I will sample data for my master thesis on fish diversity in relation to the tides. The data collection will take place in Lighthouse Reef at Masbat Bay. My main interest lies in reef flat and reef crest as habitats. I will conduct transects to determine fish populations in these areas. Therefore I will spend a lot of time at the sea where I feel the most at home. The diversity and protection of coral reefs are very important to me. With my master thesis I want to gain a deeper understanding of this complex and species-rich ecosystem.

Franziska Thelke

28.2. - 4.4.2015

Feldstation Dahab

 

Franziska Thelke Hello, my name is Franziska Thelke and I´m 24 years old. Since 2013 I have been studying ecology, evolution and conservation at the University Potsdam. As far back as I can think I´m very interested in ecology, conservation and especially in marine biology! Before I studied in Rostock and worked there in a marine institute as a student assistant what was a lot of fun. There I also got my dive certification. Since then I really enjoyed to be under water and see all the beautiful things. To get more practical experience I was looking for projects which are engaged with the topic conservation and marine biology. When a classmate told me about the Dahab reef check monitoring of RSEC it became clear that I want to be a part of it! It is very important for me to help saving this beautiful and unique biotope. Now I am looking forward to dive at all the wonderful dive sites and to learn a lot of things about the reef!

Sandra Bracun

28.2. - 4.4.2015

Feldstation Dahab

Sandra Bracun Hello, my name is Sandra Bračun and I'm 26 years old. I am currently studying Ecology and Evolution Biology at the Karl-Franzens-University in Graz, Austria. It began eight years ago, that the underwater world became part of my life. I went to Croatia, took up diving and was immediately impressed and caught by the marine life. Every year I went to the Mediterranean Sea and I became familiar with its flora and fauna. In April 2013 I went diving in the red sea for the first time. It was so stunning and fascinating. Unfortunately too short, but I knew I will come back to Egypt. To be a part of the Reef Monitoring Project in Dahab enables me to gain more experience especially in research on tropical reefs. I am excited and thankful for this opportunity.

Else de Ridder

28.2. - 4.4.2015

Feldstation Dahab

Else de Ridder

My name is Else de Ridder and I am 21 years old. Currently, I am studying Biology at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, which I enjoy very much. From the beginning on, the subjects about marine life were the most interesting to me. That’s no coincidence, because I wanted to study Biology ever since I got my PADI certificate in 2011 in Curacao. I was so amazed that I wanted to know everything about corals and the life around the reef. But sadly, I also learned about the degradation of coral reefs all over the world. With the Dahab Reef Monitoring project, I feel like I can really make a difference for the conservation of the reefs here. It is something I am very passionate about, so I hope I can continue doing this in the future!

Emmanuella Orero Rubio

28.2. - 4.4.2015

Feldstation Dahab

Emmanuella Orero Rubio

¡¡Hola!! I am Emmanuella Orero, a spanish volunteer at the RSEC fieldstation in Dahab. Currently I live in Bremen where I am studying master degree in “International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology (ISATEC)”. One of the main reasons I decided to take this master and to come and join the RSEC volunteering project is because I am really interested in coral reef ecosystems and the anthropogenic causes that are leading to its deterioration. I believe that by understanding the causes of its degradation we will be able to protect and conserve this valuable ecosystem.

Franziska Ackermann

28.2. - 4.4.2015

Feldstation Dahab

Franziska Ackermann Hello, My name is Franziska Ackermann and I´m a Molecular Biology student at the University of Basel. I´m very much into freshwater diving. Since my first visit to the red sea I wanted to learn more about marine ecosystems.
To me ´looking´ is just half of the story; I was very excited reading about the DRM project. It delivers me an intense insight on marine costal live and the relationship between all habitants, as well as the scientific method to do so. Although it´s quite demanding sometimes, I haven´t regretted being here for a single second.

Ina Jantsch

28.2. - 4.4.2015

Feldstation Dahab

Ina Jantsch Hi guys, My name is Ina and I’m studying biology with the focus on environmental research and ecotoxicology at the Aachen University.
One of my main interests during my biology study is located in marine biology. For me it´s important to know how coral reefs and the associated fish and invertebrate communities deal with unexpected influences as global warming, nutrient induction or other anthropogenic factors and how coral damage can arise. Therefore I searched for a research opportunity abroad. So a friend of my recommend me the RSEC development center in the northern of the red sea in Dahab. I decided me for the Dahab Reef Monitoring Project where I learn a lot about these specific reefs and the problematic about anthropogenic influences. We can recognize the specific indicators for coral reef damage. It´s so amazing that we get a different view over the connections between coral reef communities and abiotic changes. My favorite part of the project is diving and doing the reef surveys by ourself. I spend the most of the time under water and get the opportunity to see different diving sites. That’s wonderful, because I am an enthusiastic diver for 10 years. As a diver, it´s particularly exciting to learn about marine animals and plants. I also hope to connect my biology study with my hobby in the future and at least the project is the first step along the aim. Experiencing with other students brings us lots of fun.

Lea Dubois

14.2. - 4.4.2015

Feldstation Dahab

Lea Dubois Hi! My name is Lea Dubois and I’m currently doing a master degree in Environmental geosciences at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. I am joining the Dahab Reef Monitoring Project at RSEC to learn more about the overwhelming underwater world of the Red Sea but also to carry out my master’s thesis field work. I aim to present a local response to the current coral crisis which is the reef check protocol. In parallel, it gives me the opportunity to determine the multiple actors implicated in coral damaging in order to define the concerned public of an eventual awareness project. My experience at RSEC field station is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the defense of the Red Sea natural resources, not only for the future generation but also for its intrinsic value.

Nils Bigalke

14.2. - 21.3.2015

Feldstation Dahab

Nils Bigalke Hey, I am Nils Bigalke and I am doing my Bachelor of Education for Biology and Chemistry at the University of Potsdam. The RSEC is offering me the opportunity to lern more about coral reefs and the different scientific methods, which is otherwise hard to get access to through universities for a Bachelor of Education student. My personal motivation for helping the RSEC is to gain a deeper understanding of such complex ecosystems as coral reefs and to pass this knowledge one day as a teacher to students in school.

Janina Götz

30.1. - Mai 2015

Feldstation Dahab

Nadja Schedensack