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Our goal is to enhance and protect biodiversity in global ecosystems: communities of plants, animals, and nonliving things like soil. Ecosystems provide us with valuable goods and services, such as clean drinking water, food, timber, and medicines.

Wildlife and ecosystems worldwide face increasing threats from climate change, habitat loss, and pollution. Our research focuses on multifunctional landscapes encompassing forests, agricultural land, rivers, and human development; we aim to maintain a balance between providing services and resources to humans and supporting biodiversity.

The contribution of research to management plans is key to preserving threatened species, enhancing biodiversity of both animals and plants, nourishing farming, and supporting freshwater in the present and into the future.




FEATURED CASE STUDY


The majestic leatherback sea turtle is a creature of superlatives. Weighing up to a ton, it’s the world’s largest turtle. Earthwatch volunteers are helping to save this species in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

The majestic leatherback sea turtle is a creature of superlatives. Weighing up to a ton, it’s the world’s largest turtle. Earthwatch volunteers are helping to save this species in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
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Upcoming Expeditions

Amazon Riverboat Exploration

Wildlife & Ecosystems

Amazon Riverboat Exploration

Help conserve wildlife within the Amazon Basin, while seeking pink river dolphins, primates, macaw, caiman, giant river otters, piranha and exotic fish, and even bats.

£1650 - £2325
Samiria River, Peru
8 days
Dr. Richard Bodmer
Exploring an Active Volcano in Nicaragua

Wildlife & Ecosystems

Exploring an Active Volcano in Nicaragua

How does an active volcano shape the world around it? Peer into the crater of the Masaya Volcano to find out.

£1550 - £2125
Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua
7 days
Prof. Hazel Rymer
Following Flammulated Owls in the Western U.S.

Wildlife & Ecosystems

Following Flammulated Owls in the Western U.S.

Help researchers study the nesting behavior of Flammulated Owls in Utah and Arizona to better understand how this species is influenced by climate change.

£1275 - £1950
Snow Basin, Utah or Portal, Arizona, United States
7 days
Dr. Dave Oleyar
South African Penguins

Wildlife & Ecosystems

South African Penguins

Join Earthwatch in South Africa to help protect the second largest colony of African penguins on the planet.

£1825
Robben Island, Cape Town, South Africa
12 days
Professor Peter Barham