Erasmus Darwin Barlow Expedition 2019

Charlie Debenham

Applications are now being accepted for the Zoological Society of London's 2019 Erasmus Darwin Barlow Conservation Expedition. The deadline for applications is 17:00 BST on the 14th June 2019.


This programme aims to attract and nurture zoologists and conservationists of the future from a diverse range of backgrounds. We will fund two places for students or early career conservationists to join a ZSL EDGE of Existence expedition.


We are looking for passionate, ambitious individuals, wishing to pursue a career in conservation. We will be accepting applications from students and early career conservationists with less than two years’ work experience. We are looking for individuals that would not otherwise be able to take part in a conservation research expedition.


Successful applicants will fulfil the following criteria:

  • Commitment to biodiversity conservation
  • Ability to carry out ecological or social research
  • Relevant skills that will benefit the expedition (e.g. experience with particular ecological or social research methods, interest in and ability to identify to species level within a particular taxonomic group, experience with journalism)
  • Experience travelling abroad
  • Experience with logistics and planning of field work
  • Ability and willingness to work in challenging or potentially inhospitable conditions
  • Experience with photography/videography/other visual media (desirable)
  • Good understanding of spoken Spanish (desirable)
  • UK national or resident in the UK

The expedition will visit the location of one EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) species, to obtain information on the ecology of the species and contribute to its long-term survival through establishing collaboration with local experts


The proposed location for the 2019 expedition will be Guatemala. We propose that the expedition will focus on the Central America River Turtle (Dermatemys mawii). We will be working with local conservation organisations to obtain relevant ecological and social information on the species and its habitats.


Note: ZSL reserves the right to alter the objectives and destination of the expedition if required to ensure the successful completion of the expedition and safety of all participants.


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These awards are a tribute to the late Dr Erasmus Barlow, a Founder Fellow of the Society and also remembered at ZSL for his contribution to the Society in his role as Secretary from 1980 to 1982.

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