Jon Chamberlain - Researcher in Computer Science and Marine Biology

Jon Chamberlain - Researcher in Computer Science and Marine Biology

Picture of a Thuridilla hoffae taken in Hoga, Indonesia 2013
June 2013

Return to Operation Wallacea

In June 2013 I returned to the Operation Wallacea base on Pulau Hoga in the Wakatobi Marine Reserve in Sulawesi, Indonesia where I had worked as a divemaster in 2010. This time I was seeing a different side to the research base as Science Staff.

I supervised the research on Opistobranch (sea slug or nudibranch) diversity, distribution and abundance and worked with a team of 6 research students. We were collecting data for projects investigating the effects of coral and sponge cover on abundance, impacts of reef health on diversity, substrate preference and habitat association. As well as collecting my own data on Opistobranch diversity (available here) I advised students on methodology and data analysis, scheduled dives for data collection and gave lectures on Opistobranchs.

Whilst at the base I meet up with some of the team that surveyed the area over 10 years ago which gave our results historical perspective.
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