Operation Wallacea

As part of the wide range of extra-curricular activities available to students at Alton College, a group of staff and students, led by Dr Libby Smith, Curriculum Manager for Biology travelled to Dominica as part of ‘Operation Wallacea – conservation research through academic partnerships.’ The expedition ran over two weeks with the group spending their first week in a forest camp where they worked alongside an international team of academics who are collecting data on biodiversity of key taxa (birds, bats, various aquatic and terrestrial invertebrate groups) and examining the impact of invasive species. During the second week, they stayed in student accommodation in a renovated British fort where they completed a PADI Open Water dive training course, they also learned about whale research taking place just off the coast of the island. 

Libby explained that ‘exposure to a different environment and culture was life-changing for many of the students. The opportunity for them to interact and work alongside international academics was priceless. We were very proud of our students; they were great ambassadors for the College.’ In two years’ time, students will have the chance to go on a similar trip to the Galapagos Islands.  Find out more about Alton College enrichment opportunities