Study a Masters and help endangered species

You can make a difference through postgraduate study – by learning about endangered species and helping with their survival.

Thomas Lewis, 26, is about to fly to São Tomé, a tiny island off the west coast of central Africa, to camp in a forest. It is the only habitat of the fiscal shrike, a bird the size of a blackbird that's on the endangered species list.

Lewis' dissertation – on the threat posed to the bird's survival by the exploitation of oil reserves off the island's coast – will form part of his MSc in Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). "No detailed research exists on them, but it is thought there are between 50 and 200 in parts of the forest," he says.

His course tuition fees of £5,510 do not cover the cost of the trip, but Chester Zoo and NTU have met part of it. Lewis has a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southampton and has done field work on bird conservation in Mauritius.

NTU has run the MSc / MRes for five years and has 22 students currently on it. It was designed by Samantha Bremner-Harrison to equip graduates with practical skills.

Source - The Guardian - Study a master's and help endangered species.

Study a Masters and help endangered species

Published on 7 July 2015
  • Category: School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

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