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Inch to Indo: Tropical Marine Biology Research

A project by: Kari Inch


WE RAISED £2,577

from 17 donors

This project received pledges on Sat 25 Feb 2017
Help me continue my journey of obtaining a Master's degree in Tropical Marine Biology!

What am I raising money for?

I am raising £2500 to help fund a field trip that I will be taking part in this March. This trip will be an experience to remember as I am headed to the Wakatobi National Park in Indonesia! Here, I will be stationed on Hoga Island which is part of the Coral Triangle. During my time on Hoga Island, I will be able to learn various research techniques while studying the coral reef and its' inhabitants, as well as improve upon my SCUBA diving skills.

a bit about me!

I am currently a Master's student in the Tropical Marine Biology program at the University of Essex in Colchester, England.

I decided to continue my education in this field because I have a strong passion for marine biology with a specific interest in tropical systems. I chose this program because I would receive practical and professional skills specific to marine biology that will be necessary for me in having a successful future career as a marine biologist.

Having studied abroad previously in Australia, my knowledge of and concern for tropical marine systems has greatly increased. In the future, I want to be able to positively impact tropical marine research by contributing ideas that will aid in the conservation of these ecosystems.

what this field trip entails...

This is an educational experience that I definitely can't miss out on! By taking part in this field trip, I will be able to do a number of things that will allow for me to build upon my knowledge of marine biology including:

  • Scientific Diving
  • Reef species identification
  • Learning about different systems (mangrove forests and seagrass beds)
  • Learning to perform Reef Check surveys and so much more!

These elements and experiences of the field trip will allow for me to gain and build upon skills that I will need for a professional career in marine biology. Additionally, I will be getting hands on experience in one of the most diverse tropical marine locations of the world.

Your donations will impact me greatly, by supporting this amazing opportunity where I will be gaining valuable skills necessary for my future.

what the funded money will be used for.

The total expense of this field trip is around £2,100.

The minimal funding of this project will be used towards travel expenses, which equate to about £1,200. By reaching the maximum funding for this project, I will be able to cover the additional expenses of the field trip which include:

  • SCUBA gear rental: ~£300
  • Living accommodations: ~£400
  • Additional expenses: ~£200

Extra funding will be used to purchase diving equipment, such as fins and boots.


As a thank you for those who give a donation, a special reward will be headed your way upon my return to England! Make sure to check them out!

Many thanks to you all for your continual support!

For International Donors, please find here a link to a currency converter e.g.) USD - GBP

Help get inch to indo!

Whether you are donating financially, sending prayers or well wishes, every little bit helps. If you are so inclined to do so, please share this project with others that may be willing to donate. I can't thank each and every one of you enough for your support and guidance through this exciting journey that I am on. I can't wait to get there to experience it all!

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Alumni of the University of Essex matchfunded £600

Kari Inch

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Lois Inch

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Tanya Austin

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Niki Webb

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Mark Nelson


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H Glen Ellison

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Yay! Have a wonderful time Kari! We are always so proud of you and can't wait to hear all about your adventure.

Your done! Congratulations. Have fun below the surf, under the sea!

This is from Richard and Diana

Kari, I hope you have a great time! oh, and learn something too ;-)

This is from Greg and Greta.

Hello from Deborah and Doug

Way to go, Kari! Keep up the good work! Uncle Mark

Good luck Kari! You remind me of me (and my wife)- we did a bunch of adventuring/travel during our youth/college years and continue to do so now. We hope to retire to South Africa in the mid 2020's (we purchase a retirement home there this summer). It's set in a wildlife park- full of every animal you can imagine. Our door will always be open for you (and your family) once we get moved over there. Keep up the travels! Mark and Michele.

Have fun Kari, make memories :)

Thank you to everyone that has made a donation to my project so far! I can't thank you enough! For those that are donating in USD, here is a link that will provide you with an approximate conversion from USD to GBP: https://www.google.co.uk/finance/converter?a=20&from=USD&to=GBP&meta=ei%3DWu-FWMHwGZWdUJ_UvJAC

Lots of pictures.

Release the bubbles slowly! 😆