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Student expeditions

Student expeditions, supported by Earthwatch bursaries, provide a unique opportunity for young UK students to assist leading scientists in their field research projects. In 2016, two teams of students travelled to India and Borneo to take part in Earthwatch student expeditions.


At the Indian Himalayas project, students monitored bee interactions with a range of flora across a large woodland area at the top of a valley. In addition, they investigated how prevalent natural beehives were in the local villages around the research sites. Their research will contribute to understanding the impact of climate change on floral diversity and pollination.

Bursaries, funded by Earthwatch supporters, were used to enable underprivileged students to go on an inspirational expedition with access to cutting edge environmental research. “It is such an enriching experience, you learn so much.” said Andrea Wong, a student who took part in the expedition.


The Borneo expedition researched the impact of logging and forest clearance for palm oil plantations on sediment deposits into rivers which in turn, can negatively impact coastal ecosystems such as mangroves and coral reefs.

One student said of their experience: “I want to study Geography at university so this was very relevant. I think in a future career it will benefit me because of the skills I have gained and the knowledge that I now have.”

Since completing the expeditions the students are staying in touch online, delivering presentations and taking action on water conservation, as well as recycling and reducing waste on campus.






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