Our site works best with JavaScript enabled.

News - update on all things Alpkit

Supporting PhD Ecological Research

By Alpkit
23, Jun, 2016

Helping Alexander, an individual undertaking PhD research for mine restoration in ecology and hydrology

The latest to receive funding from the Alpkit Foundation is Alexander, an individual who would like to attend a tree climbing course, for science and conservation purposes. The CREES biodiversity research station in Peru offers an access course, teaching safety and research methods. It is designed to encourage independent research in an ecologically important, but inaccessible area, to benefit the conservation of Amazonian forests; an important but threatened habitat.  

Alexander explains why he is undertaking the project. “There are three main reasons for me wanting to participate in the course. Recently I have started a PhD for mine restoration in ecology and hydrology, studying links between trees (and whole forests) and their environment. Unfortunately I cannot get to their leaves, an area where stress really shows. I would love to extend my research up to the canopy, to produce meaningful results that can inform the mining restoration plans. 

“Secondly, visiting the Amazon in 2014 further spurred my passion for conservation. The course would increase my chances of getting involved with relevant projects, by developing the right skills, character and state of mind. 

“Lastly, one of the most important goals for my career is to be in a position where I can give back what has been invested in me, and get others excited for and about the environment. This year will be the first time for me to guide six students through development and execution of their own research, and train them in various scientific methods in the Boreal Forest in Canada. I hope to fuel their passion for science and conservation, just as others have done so for me. In the future I want to be able to train others to become fully-fledged (forest) ecologists, and the climbing course will be the first step into becoming a properly trained mentor, opening doors for myself, and even more so, for others.”

Alexander would like the Alpkit Foundation to help with the cost of the course.

  • Google+

No Comments

Share your thoughts about this article.

General News

Hiking for mental health
Training to lead more walks
Apply now for 4 days of Adventure in Snowdonia
Apply for a residential course in Snowdonia
Visions of Climbing
Helping a weekend climbing for visually impaired.
eXXpedition: Researching Marine Plastic Pollution
Studying the impact of marine plastic pollution
A greenwood project
Camping for mental health
Keeping It Wild
More green time, less screen time
Hike for Freedom
hiking away from extreme cruelty
Flying towards DofE
Helping Air Cadets on the path to DofE

More from News

Elsewhere on Alpkit

More from Deeds

More from Develop

More from Spotlight

Be the first to hear about our newest products and promotions

Join AlpCol's Espresso newsletter for that hit of Go Nice Places, Do Good Things Greatness


By adding your email you consent to our terms and conditions