Stu­dent Molly runs to fund jun­gle jour­ney

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I will study large mam­mals such as jaguars” Molly Crook­shank

A MULL stu­dent en­dured an ‘ad­vent run’ last month – clock­ing up the same num­ber of kilo­me­tres as each date – to raise money for her fi­nal year of stud­ies in the jun­gle.

Molly Crook­shank, a third-year an­i­mal bi­ol­ogy stu­dent at Ed­in­burgh Napier Univer­sity, is fundrais­ing to do re­search for her fi­nal year project in Mex­ico’s Mayan jun­gle, through Op­er­a­tion Wal­lacea, in June this year.

Ope ra t ion Wal­lacea is a conser va­tion re­search or­gani sa­tion which re­lies on stu­dent vol­un­teers join­ing ex­pe­di­tions. It gives stu­dents a chance to re­search abroad and fol­low their pas­sion, get­ting an in­sight of the real world and what their fu­ture holds. Through­out the six weeks, ecol­o­gists, aca­demic re­searchers and field spe­cial­ists will ad­vise Molly on her fi­nal-year project com­plet­ing her de­gree.

‘I will be study­ing large mam­mals such as jaguars and pumas by col­lect­ing data over six weeks,’ Molly ex­plained. ‘This will in­clude look­ing at the im­pact of hu­man in­ter­fer­ence and how this is dis­rupt­ing the food chain, which has a knock- on af­fect to the bio­di­ver­sity of the jun­gle.

‘In or­der to fundraise, I have been do­ing an ad­vent run which has in­volved run­ning one km on De­cem­ber 1 and each day I have in­creased the dis­tanced by a kilo­me­tre, go­ing all the way to Christ­mas Day when I ran 25km. The last three runs were on the Isle of Mull with sup­port from my fam­ily. My grand­mother has lived on Mull for 25 years, which has been our sec­ond home. ‘If by any luck I make any­thing ex­tra, I will do­nate all the money to Op­er­a­tion Wal­lacea, as I be­lieve this com­pany gives stu­dents the best ex­pe­ri­ence and suc­cess for their de­gree and fu­ture ca­reer.

‘My pas­sion has al­ways been with an­i­mals, there­fore it would mean ev­ery­thing to me to get this amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to start my fu­ture ca­reer.’

You can do­nate via Molly’s Go Fund Me web­page called Op­er­a­tion Wal­lacea 2017Mex­ico.

Molly Crook­shank is head­ing for re­mote Mex­ico.

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