Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Updates on the Southern Expedition

Dawn on Cyrene Reef;

The Southern Expedition of the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey began last week, and we're all very excited to find out what lives in our waters.

I was involved in a couple of inter-tidal reef surveys, but unfortunately, I can't be there on St. John's Island for the entire duration of the Expedition. But there are many ways to keep up with updates!

Ria is tirelessly providing a daily summary of what goes on at the Expedition via the Mega Marine Survey of Singapore blog.


These are also shared on the Mega Marine Survey of Singapore Facebook page, which Rene also updates.

I've been providing updates via Twitter (@Varanussalvator), using the hashtag #MegaMarine. Even though I'm not around for much of the time, I've been able to stay informed through tweets by Ria (@wildsingapore), Debby (@torvaanser), Pei Yan (@momo_peiyan) and Jiaxin (@fishyjelly).

This is a Storify I've created, compiling tweets, blog posts and news articles, and selected Facebook updates about the Expedition. I'll update this daily, so check back here regularly!

Volunteer sign up for the Southern Expedition are already closed due to limited places and early logistical arrangements needed for participation.

But no worries, you CAN still join the Survey! Lots of surveys will continue after the Expedition, just at a less frenzied rate. There will be lots of other opportunities for volunteers to participate in dredging, field surveys as well as laboratory sessions. To join the Mega Marine Survey, register your interest in this form and you'll be invited to join the mailing list to receive updates on the Survey and sign up for Survey activities. Also check out the FAQs for more about the Survey.