Darwin Initiative Project Coordinator & Senior Aquaculture Scientist
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 sustainable 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. 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.
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 Sustainable Livelihoods Programme, she was offered the formal position of Reef Doctor Aquaculture Assistant in March 2016 and promoted to Technical Manager in July 2016.
Zafimandala ‘Lin’ Telesphore
Head Aquaculture Technician
Lin joined the Reef Doctor team in 2016 as Head Aquaculture Technician. He has a bachelor degree from the University of Toliara and an aquaculture technician vocational certification from the Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines. Before coming to Reef Doctor he previously worked as a Community Aquaculture Technician for the NGO Blue Ventures. He has also worked for a variety of social development organisations in Madagascar including Action Against Hunger, CENI-T, and Diorano Wash.
Coastal Ecosystems Researcher
Rebecca has a MSc in Marine Biology from James Cook University, Australia and a BSc degree in Biology from Julius-Maximilians Universität, Germany. She initially joined the team in 2016 as an aquaculture intern, and following completion she was offered the job of Coastal Ecosystems Researcher under our Sustainable Livelihoods programme. In this role, she is responsible for mapping seagrass, mangroves, and wetland ecosystems for conservation and sustainable exploitation.
Aquaculture Technical Support
Mamonto from Ifaty village is a valuable member of the aquaculture team providing logistical support and supporting community outreach.
Prosper is from Sarandrano, St Augustine and is now based in Ifaty where he trains and supports farmers in our aquaculture programmes.
Joel, from Ambovombeandroy, joined the Reef Doctor team in 2016. He is based in Ifaty where he too trains and supports farmers in our aquaculture programmes.