1. You will learn innovative, fine-scale, and technical underwater research methodologies that are internationally recognised and will assist the Institute in answering the big questions with regards to coral reef health, whilst drastically building your knowledge on the subject.
  2. Become confident in your knowledge of coral reef biology, ecology, physiology and species identification through IMRs intensive lecture series. You will also learn about controversial and real world topics that threaten our coral reefs.
  3. Obtain real-world work experience in a marine conservation research organisation.
  4. Have the opportunity to use our comprehensive database to work towards your undergraduate, masters, or PhD, and work with us to expand our current knowledge of coral reef ecosystems.
  5. You will learn how to use IMR’s data to answer relevant research questions to study coral reef dynamics and their associated pressures.
  1. Contribute to preserving both the economic and social security of Dauin’s local community.
  2. Rack up 50 dives a month, improving your buoyancy control, underwater awareness, and ability to work as part of a research team.
  3. Become an experienced and recognised PADI professional, through our Divemaster and Instructor Development Course (IDC).
  4. You will work alongside experienced, like-minded, and inspiring marine scientists as part of the IMR research team.
  5. You will have the opportunity to dive 6 days a week within the heart of the Coral Triangle, boasting over 500 species of corals and over 6,000 species of fish.
  1. You will learn the importance of evidence-based conservation in order to transfer from research to policy, and inspire behavioural change through our community outreach and school programs.
  2. Build confidence in your analytical and statistical skills in our Fellowship program whilst being mentored by IMR’s experienced science staff.
  3. Receive professional recommendations, and job placement guidance at the end of your training.
  4. Live in a beautiful, lush environment with all amenities, three meals a day, Filipino fruits, and fast wifi included.
  5. Do it all in the tropics, with waterfalls, hidden beaches, thermal pools and remote islands to explore!
Casaroro falls
Sea explorer of Institute Marine Research facing backwards looking at the bamboo tree
Girl on the rope swing at Cambugahay falls Siquijor, Philippines
Chelsea Waters

Chelsea Waters

Chelsea created the Institute for Marine Research (in collaboration with Rafael) after seeing the critical need for greater attention, and upgraded research methodologies to be brought to the remote island communities of the Philippines to ensure fine-scale data analysis of coral reef dynamics could be assessed, and improved coastal management decisions could be made alongside the islands local government unit. Chelsea has spent the past 4 years studying coral reef dynamics, from completing her Thesis on Heron Island’s Research Station (GBR, Australia), to Madagascar, Honduras and the Philippines. Through this experience she has been able to study methodology effectiveness, whilst understanding the importance in building both governmental and community relationships to ensure findings aren’t lost in realm of Marine Biology, and localised management practices are implemented to ensure social and economic security for these remote island Nations.

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