Head of Department
Roberto, originally from Tomasina, became the Head of our Science Department in March 2017. He has a Masters in applied oceanography from the University of Toliara (IH.SM) and a degree in natural sciences from the University of Antananarivo. He joins the team with 14 years of diverse experience in marine research and conservation across Madagascar, including employment with WWF and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He original worked for Reef Doctor 13 years ago as a science officer, we are now thrilled to have him back leading the team with a wealth of new experience, skills, and knowledge. Roberto overseas all of our science programmes, spliting his time between the Reef Doctor base in Ifaty and our new office at the Marine Institute at the University of Toliara.
Fisheries and Community Development Manager
Josepha has a masters in Biodiversity and Environment from the University of Tulear and has completed training in BioManagement and Marine Ecotourism at the IH.SM (University of Tulear). He previously worked for the NGO Honko Mangrove Conservation & Education for 6 years overseeing the implementation of socio-economic activities and working with local communities on the sustainable management of mangroves. He joined Reef Doctor in 2017 and became responsible for overseeing sustainable community-led fisheries management.
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. Julie is responsible for leading all of Reef Doctor’s on site marine research, conservation, and training programmes.
Richard has a First Class degree in Applied Marine & Terrestrial Ecology Bsc (Hons) from Bangor University. He has previously worked in Kenya as a water sports instructor and has also spent some time volunteering there as a field researcher studying Angolan Colobus Monkeys for Colobus Conservation Limited. He first joined ReefDoctor as a Research Assistant & Divemaster intern in April 2016. After excelling in his internship role, we offered him the position of Science Officer in October 2016. Richard’s main responsibilities include undertaking coral reef monitoring, teaching and training volunteers/interns, and coral reef restoration work. He is also leading our artificial reef project.
Christina holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Brighton and a MSc in Climate Change from Heriot Watt University. She joined the science team in October 2016 with 4 years of experience in delivering marine education and conservation. She has previously worked as an Assistant Marine Conservation & Engagement Officer for Sussex Wildlife Trust, a Trainee Marine & Coastal Conservation Officer for the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, a Shark Tagging Research Assistant for the Marine Life Trust, and a Marine Education & Conservation Officer for the NGO Ecoteer in Malaysia. Christina joins the team with an excellent knowledge of Madagascar’s marine ecosystems having previously spent time in the north of Madagascar as a Marine Research Assistant with the NGO Frontier. In her role as Science Officer, she is responsible for conducting regular marine research, training our volunteers/interns, and helping to run our coral reef restoration programmes.
Seb joined our science team in March 2017, after having impressed us during his 3-month Research Assistant placement with us in 2016. He has a Masters degree in Ocean and Coastal Management from Montpellier University. He has previously spent 6 months in Martinique (French West Indies) creating a marine management plan for the protection of two small islands. Seb is responsible for conducting our marine research, conservation initiatives, and the training of our volunteers.
Bosco is from Ifaty and has been helping with ReefDoctor fisheries surveys in the village for five years. Over recent years he has progressed through the fisheries ranks and is now a fisheries technician. Bosco really knows his fish species and is a vital member of the team.