Reef Doctor.Org 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 and local Malagasy 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 the managing director based in the UK and is responsible for running the company’s UK-based operations and administration. He also oversees the volunteer and intern programmes, marketing and staff recruitment.
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 Degree from King’s, London, is a PADI Advanced diver, and an active member and ambassador for the Royal Geographical Society. He currently lives in Australia working as a property developer. He is also Executive Director of ‘Culture College’, a foundation that facilitates the cultural exchange between Australian school children and the aboriginal communities of Northern Australia.
Shane M Abeare
Shane joined the company in late 2009 becoming the managing director of Reef Doctor in Madagascar in 2010. Shane is responsible for running the company’s in-country operations and administration as well as providing direct leadership to the company’s multi-national team and in the undertaking of the company’s objectives and projects in Madagascar. He is currently based at Reef Doctor’s new base in the capital, Antananarivo.
Shane is a PhD student in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of New Orleans. He earned a BSc in biology (chemistry minor), from the University of Michigan, an MSc in African Mammalogy at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and another MSc in Oceanography and Coastal Science (statistics minor) at Louisiana State University. Shane has assisted/led wildlife research projects all over the world, working on subjects as diverse as fungi in the Amazon, bats in Papua New Guinea and Australia, buffalo and Great White sharks in South Africa, and grizzly bears in the American West. In addition to field research skills, Shane brings to RD his experience in protected area management and sustainable development gained while a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa, then as national park manager in Togo, and while working in the management of a national park in the Republic of the Congo. For his PhD research, Shane will be addressing coastal fisheries management issues in the Bay of Ranobe, Madagascar. In particular, he will be assessing the state/productivity of the artisanal coral reef fisheries, and the role of seagrass and mangrove habitats in reef fish population dynamics. Shane is also project supervisor for the new Reef Doctor and Darwin Initiative project which focuses on the conservation and sustainable use of marine turtles in the Bay of Ranobe Southwest Madagascar through the development and implementation of alternative livelihood strategies.
Emma has been with Reef Doctor since 2004 (fulfilling the positions of Science Officer and Head Science Officer), during which she has gained the experience, tools and resources to become a specialist in the field of marine research, project management and community development. These skills provided her with the ability to develop long-term strategies for tangible poverty alleviation and ecosystem conservation to benefit coastal communities and safeguard biodiversity of the region. She now provides direct leadership to Reef Doctor team on-site and oversees all Reef Doctor projects.
Emma is also responsible for managing the Reef Doctor Fano project (turtle research and awareness) and the local Turtle Protection Association FIMPAMIFA. She is also project coordinator for the new Reef Doctor and Darwin Initiative project where she directly manages the development and implementation of alternative livelihood strategies (sea cucumber mariculture and algal farming).
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
Administration and Personnel Manager
Originally from Tamatave, Christina initially came to Reef Doctor to work with the primary school teachers in Ifaty and to develop ReefDoctor’s marine and environmental curriculum. Christina is now responsible for Reef Doctor’s administration. She has previously been involved with the running of the family planning clinic at Reef Doctor and the women’s association FIVETAMI, helping to develop future business projects and teaching embroidery. She has also helped to promote various issues in the village including workshops on AIDS, family planning and health and hygiene practices. She is currently based at Reef Doctor’s new base in the capital, Antananarivo.
Pierrot from Toliara is Reef Doctor’s on-site accountant and organizes the resupply from Toliara for camp and project operations.
Rinah, originally from the capital Antananarivo, joined Reef Doctor in April 2014. She is responsible for coordinating volunteer activities and runs Reef Doctor’s bi-weekly Kids Club. She helps with the translation of internal and external Reef Doctor documents and educational material. Rinah is also the leader of the ‘Junior Reef Doctor’ programme and undertakes malagasy and French lessons for all Reef Doctor team members and english lessons for local villagers and RD local staff.
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. Apolline was recently provided an exciting opportunity to temporarily take time out from Reef Doctor to complete 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. Between July and September she was based at one of Reef Doctor’s neighbouring hotels, Paradisiere, where she worked as a whale watching guide to tourists and collected data for CetaMada. Following the successful completion of her CetaMada research, Apolline has returned to Reef Doctor to continue her position as Science Officer.
Stine Lindholm Andersen
Stine comes from a horticultural background. She spent a year in Australia as a part of her horticulture education. When she returned to Denmark, she completed her studies and decided to do some volunteer work. With a great interest for diving and the marine environment she found Reef Doctor a good fit for her. She joined Reef Doctor as a Research Assistant and Dive Master intern in January 2015. Following completion of her internship in July 2015, she was promoted to a Science Officer in July 2015.
Dive Officers & Science Support Team
Tracy is from the United States, where she completed a degree in Biology and developed an interest in diving through her work with a University marine turtle conservation program in 2007. The following year she worked at ReefCI, a marine conservation organization in Belize, where she spent the next two years.
Currently a PADI Staff Instructor, Tracy joined the Reef Doctor team in January 2015 and whilst training this year’s volunteers and interns, she’s also excited to be leading Reef Doctor’s coral reef restoration project.
Aquaculture & Fisheries Team
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.
Community Aquaculture Technician & Socioeconomic Officer
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 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.
Jivan Vidjay Kumar
Community Aquaculture Technician & Socioeconomic Officer
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.
Fisheries Assessment Officer & Aquaculture Support
Pepin has worked for Reef Doctor since 2007. He previous positions include boat driver and Science Officer. He is now responsible for the monthly fisheries assessments which are conduct at four fishing villages in the bay. He also provides valuable technical support to the aquaculture team.
Fisheries Assessment Officer & Aquaculture Support
François joined ReefDoctor in 2012 to conduct monthly fisheries assessments at four fishing villages in the bay. He now also provides valuable technical support to the aquaculture programme.
Aquaculture Technical Support
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 RD 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 keeps the main RD office and camp site clean and tidy. She also 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 RD 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 RD 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.
Jean has been with the team since 2011 using his carpentry knowledge to lead campsite maintenance and construction.
Day Guardian for University of Toliara land
Farcee is from Ifaty, a new member of the team hired in 2015 as one of our day guardians for the University of Toliara land that houses some of the RD volunteer huts. He also helps out Jonny and Jean with camp maintenance.
Manjo is a local from the village of Ifaty and lives with his family just opposite the RD camp. He has been with the team since 2009 and is in charge of the projects boats and engines operations and maintenance alongside other boat drivers and the Dive team. His exceptional knowledge of the ocean and the Bay of Ranobe ensures the safety of all diving operations.
Dr Vivienne Stein-Rostaing, PhD
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 research support and overseeing Reef Doctor’s science communication and social media outreach programmes.
Sandra holds a degree in International Business and Marketing. In high school, she worked with German Red Cross youth projects. During her time at university, Sandra had the chance to learn how to encourage young people to volunteer for children associations in South Africa. This inspired her to join Reef Doctor as a volunteer in 2012, assisting with the marine conservation and sexual education for women programmes. She has since moved to France to expand her professional knowledge in project management and communications. Currently, Sandra is helping to improve Reef Doctor’s communications and social media outreach.
Maria is a fisheries research PhD student at Plymouth University. She currently acts as a marine research, marketing and NGO funding consultant for Reef Doctor.
Charlotte, a dedicated ex-Reef Doctor intern, is based in the UK where she volunteers in her spare time to promote the work of Reef Doctor through social media and to assist in a variety of UK-based Reef Doctor operations.