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International Projects

Unit(s) of assessment: Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology

School: School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences


The school has been involved with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust for over ten years. As a result of this established link, a range of research opportunities have been developed in Mauritius. These encompass projects with herpetology and avian species (with Mauritian Wildlife Foundation) and marine conservation (with Eco-Sud and Lagon Bleu). The terrestrial work is focused around endangered species recovery while the marine work seeks to protect a highly threatened lagoon environment. This presents a range of challenges from rainforest to scuba diving providing plenty of opportunity for a broad range of survey and field methodologies.


A Plastic Survey of Blue Bay and Pointe D’Esny, Mauritius. Shelbourne G & Ray N, Phelsuma, 2012, 20, 20-26

Possible control of introduced giant African land snails (Achatina spp.) by the reintroduced endemic skink Leiolopisma telfairii, Ile aux Aigrettes, Mauritius. Copsey J, Shelbourne G, Grice R, Goder M, Buckland S, Jhumka Z, Nundlaul V, Jones C. & Cole N, Manag. Biolog. Invasions, 2011, 2