I’m raising £1000 to complete my Master thesis which require field research in the Philippines with Coral Cay this Summer. This is a fantastic unique opportunity to increase my experience as an independent researcher and enable me to put into practice skills and learning I have been developing through the course of my Tropical Marine Biology Masters in Essex University. The thesis research focuses around Coral and developing methods of monitoring and researching it.
This research will involve creating ways of monitoring coral reef systems and looking in detail at marine habitat structure in particular in the way in which it relates to fish and invert communities.
I intend to create computerised 3D models of reef structures using a dive camera and a laptop, which can be done in the field. The idea is to allow conservation organisations to have benchmarks/baselines and systems that enable them to measure reef health in a way which is low cost and practical yet much more accurate, thus making it easier to monitor and conserve our coral reef systems- which is vital to maintain the health of not just our oceans but our planet.This is an example of a 3D coral I have created while testing methods: https://sketchfab.com/models/7675a5da17ba43aeba70378feeffa621
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