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Eleven BSc Environmental Science students in Year 2 went for a 2-day fieldwork on Praslin from the 18th to 19th January 2020.  Mr. Daniel Etongo and a team of experts from Seychelles and the University College London introduced the students to methods of undertaking caecilians and sooglossid, aquatic, water quality assessment and rapid qualitative vegetation surveys. ...
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Daniel Etongo, Jérôme Harlay and Nuette Gordon conducted a ‘Mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development planning’ short course from 22-24 July. It sought to equip participants with knowledge on climate change adaptation and mainstreaming along a continuum: terrestrial, coastal/estuary and ocean.     Key topics covered were: (I) Identifying and selecting adaptation options; (ii) Linking...
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On 17 July, Theater II was the venue of yet another presentation: opportunities in the Blue Economy, that was delivered by Stewart Frusher – an adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania, Australia, and the inaugural director of the Centre for Marine Sociology. The presentation outlined how the blue economy provides opportunities for all layers...
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On July 16, the Principal Secretary for Environment, Mr. Alain de Commarmond, handed over to the faculty samples of some corals that the ‘Nekton II- First Descent’ expedition collected, in March and April of this year. The samples have been added to BERI’s existing coral collection. The handing-over ceremony proper, in one of the labs,...
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The internal assessment board meeting for the BSc Environmental Science (BES) programme was held on July 4. It was followed by the external assessment board meeting on 11 July in the presence of the external examiner, Dr. Stuart Marsden from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Prior to the session, Dr. Marsden held meetings with BES students...
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Jérôme Harlay attended the 11th symposium of WIOMSA (1 – 6 July) on the theme: People, Coasts and Oceans: Opportunities for a changing future. He made two original oral presentations in two different sessions of the symposium: (I) Dissolved inorganic carbon speciation study with emphasis on ocean acidification and aragonite saturation in ‘Saya de Malha’...
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Dr. Holger Anlauf has been appointed as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environment and a research member of the Blue Economy Research Institute (BERI) in July 2019. He is a coral reef ecologist, scientific diver, and marine scientist.  During his PhD at the University of Southampton he investigated changes in the molecular mechanism of...
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Jérôme Harlay attended a technical meeting on best practices for Ocean Acidification (OA) experiments in multi‐stressor scenarios. The meeting was hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the United Nations (UN) in Monaco from 24 – 28 June. The purpose of the workshop was to develop and apply new methods and best practices...
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Last Saturday, 40 participants from the Wildlife Club of Plaisance and Anse Royale Schools along with the Roche Caiman Environment Action Team participated in a training session at the UniSey nursery. Mr. Terence Vel gave a presentation on the project and on mangroves, followed by a video on plant propagation. Participants then practiced what they...
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