Reef Doctor was founded by Roderick Stein-Rostaing and Daniel Presman in July 2000. The ReefDoctor team is made up of international and Malagasy staff, who are professionals in their respective fields. We are also supported by local Malagasy personnel recruited from villages within the Bay of Ranobe.
Reef Doctor’s co-founder Roderick has a BSc in Marine Biology from Swansea University. He is a PADI Dive Master and has worked previously on reef conservation projects in the Philippines and as a Divemaster in the Whitsunday Islands, Australia. Roderick set up Reef Doctor in 2001 and ran the project in-country until early 2008. He is now based in the UK where he runs the company’s UK-based operations and administration, and oversees the volunteer and intern programmes, marketing, and staff recruitment.
Emma has been with Reef Doctor since 2004 (fulfilling the positions of Science Officer and Head Science Officer), during which she gained the experience and skills to become a specialist in the field of marine research, project management and community development. This experience has provided her with the ability to develop long-term strategies for tangible poverty alleviation and ecosystem conservation to benefit coastal communities and safeguard the biodiversity of the region. All of Emma’s work has the community at heart. She lives in Ifaty village, is fluent in Malagasy and has established long-term relationships with local Vezo communities. Emma was responsible the creation of the Reef Doctor Fano project (turtle research and awareness) and helped to establish the local Turtle Protection Association FIMPAMIFA. Due to her exceptional efforts and dedication to Reef Doctor, she was promoted to Director in 2015. She is now responsible for running the company’s in-country operations, providing direct leadership to the Reef Doctor team on-site, and overseeing all Reef Doctor projects. She is also Project Coordinator of Reef Doctor’s Darwin Initiative-funded alternative livelihoods programme.
Robert has been a strong supporter of Reef Doctor since its inception and became a director in 2004. He comes from a background in the technology industry where, as an entrepreneur, he built and sold his first company by the age of 24. Robert has a Geography Bachelor of Science Degree from King’s College, London University, is a PADI Advanced diver and was an active member and ambassador for the Royal Geographical Society when he lived in the UK. He currently lives in Australia working in the real estate sector, where in 2015 he created the pioneering Culture College program in East Arnhem Land, bridging the gap between the local Aboriginal communities and secondary school students from across Australia.
Co-founder of ReefDoctor Daniel sadly passed away in 2004. He will surely be missed by his friends, family, the Reef Doctor team and the local community he helped. His memory lives on in the work of Reef Doctor, in particular the reef restoration programme which he worked passionately on to implement.
Project Management Team
Staff Manager & Accountant
Pierrot from Toliara is Reef Doctor’s on-site accountant and organises the resupply from Toliara for camp and project operations.
Nicolastin is from Ifaty village and joined Reef Doctor as Camp Manager in February 2016. He is responsible for overseeing the daily camp operations and maintenance/construction.
Volunteer & Project Coordinator
Katie has a MA Hons in International Relations and Italian from the University of St Andrews. After being inspired by a course on Environmental Politics, she joined Reef Doctor as a Research Assistant and Divemaster Intern in January 2016 and was promoted to Volunteer and Project Coordinator in July 2016. She is responsible for several projects, including the Ifaty women’s rugby team, building a public library, and the Hazo (Tree) project. She is also responsible for coordinating volunteers with projects when they arrive so that they can get the most out of their experience with Reef Doctor.
Head Science Officer
Julie became our Head Science Officer after impressing us during her 3 months as a Reef Doctor Research Assistant. She has a 5-year university degree in Environment & Law from the Institut Supérieur de l’Environnement, France and two Master degrees; Coastal and Ocean Management from the University of Montpellier and Island & Ocean Environments from the University of French Polynesia. Before joining Reef Doctor she acquired extensive research experience in the Mediterranean and French Polynesia including marine protected area and ocean biogeochemical fieldwork. As Head Science Officer, she is responsible for leading all of Reef Doctor’s marine research and training programmes.
Apolline has a BSc in Nature Administration and Protection. She joined Reef Doctor as a Research Assistant and Dive Master Intern in January 2015 and was promoted to Science Officer in July 2015. In 2015 Apolline completed CetaMada volunteer training on whale monitoring (at their main site in Ille Saint Marie, east coast Madagascar) to undertake whale and dolphin research around the Bay of Ranobe.
Head Dive Officer
Mikael is a PADI Dive Instructor with a BA Hons in Events Management. Before joining Reef Doctor in 2016, he worked as a Dive Instructor and Manager in the Dominican Republic. Mikael is responsible for all Reef Doctor diving operations. He is also fluent in French which enables him to effectively lead the dive training of Malagasy students from the University of Toliara.
Manjo is a local from the village of Ifaty and lives with his family just opposite the Reef Doctor camp. He has been with the team since 2009 and, alongside the dive officer, is in charge of the projects boats, and engine operations and maintenance. His exceptional knowledge of the ocean and the Bay of Ranobe ensures the safety of all diving operations.
Bostata is also from the village of Ifaty and joined us in 2015 as a second boat captain.
Aquaculture & Fisheries Team
Darwin Initiative Project Leader & Scientific Consultant
Shane joined Reef Doctor in 2009 and was the managing director in country between 2010 and 2015. He is now based in America where he continues his role as project leader of Reef Doctor’s Darwin Initiative-funded alternative livelihoods programme. He is also undertaking a PhD, addressing coastal fisheries management issues in the Bay of Ranobe. He holds a BSc in biology, MSc in African Mammalogy, and Msc in Oceanography and Coastal Science.
Senior Aquaculture Scientist & Project Manager
Cale studied Marine Science at the University of Sydney, Australia. It was during these studies that he came to appreciate the immense strain being place on marine ecosystems. Upon graduation he entered work in the aquaculture industry, seeking to alleviate pressure on natural fisheries through seaweed farming. After four years in the aquaculture industry, Cale returned to university earning his master degree in Tropical Ecology and Conservation from James Cook University. After a short stint of working at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Cale joined Reef Doctor to work on the Darwin Initiative-funded alternative livelihoods programme, combining his aquaculture experience with his passion for marine conservation.
Aquaculture Administrative Manager
Liva gained an MSc in Applied Oceanology from the IH.SM, Toliara. Following this, he worked as a marine ecotoxicology and pollution research assistant at the Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines IH.SM. Liva first joined Reef Doctor as a Community Aquaculture Technician & Socioeconomic Officer in 2014. He is responsible for coordinating the installation of seaweed and sea cucumber aquaculture systems, monitoring aquaculture productivity, organising community meetings and conducting poverty surveys. He is also trained to tagged turtles as part of the Reef Doctor Fano project. He was promoted to Aquaculture Administrative Manager in July 2016.
Jivan Vidjay Kumar
Aquaculture Field Operations Manager
Jivan has an MSc in Geology from the University of Toilara. With previous experience in the SW Madagascar aquaculture industry, he joined Reef Doctor as a Community Aquaculture Technician & Socioeconomic Officer in 2014. He works alongside Liva to coordinate the installation of seaweed and sea cucumber aquaculture systems, monitor aquaculture productivity, organise community meetings and conduct poverty surveys. He is also trained in turtle tagging for the Reef Doctor Fano project. He was promoted to Field Operations Manager in July 2016.
Aquaculture Technical Manager
Oriana was the first person to join Reef Doctor’s Aquaculture Internship in September 2015. She has a BSc in Biology and MSc in Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management, from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Following her studies, she gained experience working as a Fisheries Biology Intern in Bonaire, Caribbean. Due to her hard work and commitment to our Alternative Livelihoods Programme, she was offered the formal position of Reef Doctor Aquaculture Assistant in March 2016 and promoted to Technical Manager in July 2016.
Aquaculture Technical Support
Mamonto from Ifaty village is a valuable member of the aquaculture team providing logistical support and supporting community outreach.
Head of Fisheries
Saverio joined Reef Doctor at the end of 2015 to assist us with our aquaculture programme as part of his Masters course at the IH.SM. He is now responsible for the monthly fisheries assessments which are conducted at four fishing villages across the bay.
Communications Team & External Support
Dr Vivienne Stein-Rostaing, PhD
Communications Leader & Scientific Consultant
Viv holds a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and a MSc in Tropical Coastal Management from Newcastle University. She completed her PhD, researching the effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, at Plymouth University in 2012. Viv has previously worked as a science officer at Reef Doctor in 2008 and 2012. She also has gained marine research and conservation experience in Honduras, Thailand, Seychelles, South Africa, and North Madagascar. She is currently based in the UK, providing scientific research support to Reef Doctor, and overseeing the company’s communications and social media outreach programmes.
In-country Communications Officer
Ivana joined Reef Doctor as a Divemaster and Science Intern in June 2015. Following completion of her internship she became our In-country Communications Officer. She is responsible for regularly communicating the work of Reef Doctor via the website blog and social media updates to the general public, in addition to ensuring effective communications in country, both within the Reef Doctor team and with local stakeholders.
Dr Maria Campbell, PhD
Maria is an expert in marine fisheries and recently completed her doctorate at Plymouth University. She lives America where she acts as a fisheries consultant for Reef Doctor, and supports the company’s marketing and fundraising operations.
Malagasy Support Team
Originally from the city of Toliara, victor now lives with his wife Raissa close to the RD camp in Ifaty. He has been with the team since 2011 and brings to the table his experiences in cooking for restaurants in Toliara and Hotels in Ifaty and Mangily. He ensures the smooth running of the kitchen and its team, providing a mix of western and Malagasy meals for the project staff and volunteers.
Azy has been with the team since its inception in 2002, cooking her local malagasy dishes for 14 years. She lives with her family on the land of the University of Toliara nextdoor to the Reef Doctor camp.
Raissa is the wife of victor helping him and Azy with cooking duties but most importantly keeping the kitchen area clean. She also helps Siza with camp cleaning duties.
Siza from Ifaty village keeps the main Reef Doctor office and camp site clean and tidy. She also washes clothes for all staff and volunteers.
Fanava from Ifaty village is responsible for cleaning the Reef Doctor site and washes clothes for all staff and volunteers.
Head of Security
Prosy has been with the team since 2010 and lives with his family in the village Tsivenoe located inland behind the Reef Doctor site and Ifaty village. The majority of the villages here are pastoralists and work in the Ranobe spiny forest. As well as being our Head of Security, Prosy also collects and supplies the Reef Doctor campsite with all of its locally sourced fresh water.
Jhonny has been with the team since 2007 involved in campsite maintenance, construction and always on hand to help with project activities.
Day Guardian & Maintenance
Farcee is from Ifaty and joined Reef Doctor in 2015 as one of our day guardians for the University of Toliara land that houses some of the Reef Doctor volunteer huts. He also helps out Jhonny with camp maintenance.
Camp Management Intern
Pashna is originally from the forest village Behelo and joined Reef Doctor as a Camp Management Intern in March having successfully completed a training program with S.O.S Village D’Enfants. She deals with resupply orders and general camp management.