Muscatine Honduras Research Expedition
Organized by: Allison Coffman
A group of 8 students will be travelling to Honduras on a conservation research expedition through the organization, Operation Wallacea. Operation Wallacea (Opwall) runs a series of biological and conservation management research programs in remote locations across the world. These expeditions are designed with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind – from identifying areas needing protection, to implementing and assessing conservation management programs. Students will not only be immersed in the local Honduran communities, but they will also be contributing to essential conservation research.
The trip aims to develop students who understand science in multidimensional, multidisciplinary ways that will enable them to participate intelligently in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making about how science and technology are used to change society. These literate individuals will serve as our policy-makers, our electorate, and our environmental care-takers. For the sake of our society, we must be developing students into people who understand our natural world, and our world needs environmentally literate individuals more than ever. By supporting this trip, you are supporting a motivated group of young people as they contribute to conservation research, while allowing the to go on a once in a lifetime trip.
Living in Iowa, many students are limited on their opportunities for marine science and biodiversity research. Students may be engaged in the classroom but yearning to see ‘real world’ science both in and beyond the community. I am reaching out seek support for this amazing opportunity for students in the Muscatine community.