Entomologists are like endangered mammals such as tigers and polar bears in that they and their habitats are on the verge of extinction and this is likely to have a profound negative effect on science in general
(The Biologist, 2009).
Insects are of
incredible economic and ecological importanc
. Not only are insects the basis of many foodchains; they comprise over 50% of all described species on Earth. However, most species of insect seem
yet to be discovered.
It is estimated that there up to 5 and 10 million species of insect - even this number varies, and many new species are described every year. In the Kalahari,
only little is known
about the insect fauna.
With BRinK, students have the opportunity to
collect, prepare, curate and learn to identify beetles
on the reserve in the Kalahari and help to establish a reference collection. Small ecological studies investigating interplay between plants and beetles will let us gain insights into natural history and their insect ecology together with their taxonomic profile.
If you are a entomologist yourself, feel free to join this expedition for your own interest (please apply as a independent reseacher at the online application)
1250.- EUR for first month
1350 - EUR for 6 weeks
1400.- EUR for 8 weeks
1600.- EUR for 3 months
* participation, accomodation, food & research fees, also return travel to research station from Windhoek/Airport (
180km dustroad. See what is excluded and included