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We regularly invite guest authors, including expedition volunteers, independent researchers, medical elective students and former staff to contribute to the Beyond Conservation blog.


Helping Babies Breathe: reducing newborn deaths in Velondriake

Volunteer medic Emily Clark revisits Andavadoaka with Dr Alison Leaf to train public health staff in vital neonatal care.

/ Oct 19, 2016

What global conservation lessons can be learnt from Madagascar?

In this week’s blog we pass the mic to a global expert on marine conservation, IUCN's Professor Dan Laffoley, who visited our programmes in Madagascar earlier this year

/ Sep 14, 2016

Coral Bleaching: A volunteer’s perspective

Our Madagascar volunteer Sophie Plant has now witnessed coral bleaching first hand, an experience she found shocking, but also inspiring.

/ Sep 7, 2016
Photo: Abigail Leadbeater

El Niño explained: The global weather phenomenon that contributes to coral bleaching

Our Andavadoaka volunteer Sophie Plant, who has now seen coral bleaching firsthand, shares her knowledge on the role of El Niño in global bleaching events

/ Aug 3, 2016

Counting for conservation: the Belize National Lionfish Survey

Science Interns Julia Rubin and Anna Simmons recall 3 months spent surveying 50 different reef sites across 5 of Belize’s marine reserves.

/ Jul 29, 2016

Life as a BV volunteer in Belize

Michael volunteered with Blue Ventures in Belize in November 2015. Find out about his experience from hitting the books to hitting the water.

/ Jan 25, 2016

The most remarkable place…

by Drew Lindqvist, BV Volunteer, Madagascar I don’t know how to begin concerning a description of Andavadoaka, let alone Madagascar, except to say that it’s the most remarkable corner of the earth I’ve ever been invited to discover. It may...

/ Jun 19, 2014

Learning about lionfish

By Susan Adams, expedition volunteer, Belize As an interdisciplinary marine conservation organisation, Blue Ventures targets its efforts across many levels. In Belize, the main focus is tackling the lionfish invasion that is threatening to decimate juvenile fish populations in the local...

/ Apr 17, 2014

Aquaculture under the stars in Tampolove

By Johanna Medvey, Blue Ventures volunteer, Andavadoaka, Madagascar We bump along the sandy tracks leading away from Andavadoaka, perched in our trusty ox carts as the sun rises and tinges the baobab trees pink. Our group of nine volunteers and three staff...

/ Apr 11, 2014
Moving the photo quadrat into place

Lionfish searches and lobster tickling

By Andy Veal, Blue Ventures expedition volunteer, Belize After our first week of marine science classes in the beautiful fishing village of Sarteneja, myself and my fellow expedition volunteers were excited to finally make it to the Bacalar Chico Dive...

/ Mar 24, 2014

Celebrating women who inspire change

By Johanna Medvey, Safidy programme volunteer, Andavadoaka, Madagascar I’m currently volunteering with the Safidy programme in Andavadoaka, and was offered the opportunity to write this special blog post for International Women’s Day. The 8th of March (“Valo Mars”) is an...

/ Mar 8, 2014
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What is biodiversity?

by Winnie Courtene-Jones, Field Scientist, Belize What is biodiversity? That was the question for grade 5 of the Sarteneja Roman Catholic school. We started the day with a trip to Shipstern Nature Reserve, home to a hugely diverse array of...

/ Mar 3, 2014

Jump for change: fundraising for school scholarships in Madagascar

Last month Ukti Shah managed to raise a phenomenal £500 for Blue Ventures’ school scholarships by doing a sponsored bungee jump! We asked her to share some thoughts about this experience… Why did you want to support Blue Ventures’ school scholarships?...

/ May 21, 2013
Meeting at Blue Ventures

Tuck School of Business students study aquaculture in Madagascar

In March, five students from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth came to Madagascar to work alongside Blue Ventures’ community-based aquaculture project as part of their First Year Project. These highly experienced business students came to Madagascar, and got...

/ May 13, 2013

Symposium on ecological and social resilience in New York

By Kame Westerman, Blue Ventures Velondriake LMMA Coordinator from 2010 – 2102, Madagascar A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the American Museum of Natural History’s symposium on ecological and social resilience in island systems, which brought...

/ May 13, 2013