Head of Science
Roberto, originally from Toamasina, 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 has over 14 years of diverse experience in marine research and conservation across Madagascar, including employment with WWF and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He originally worked for Reef Doctor 13 years ago as a science officer, we are now thrilled to have him back leading the team with his wealth of new experience, skills, and knowledge. As Head Science Officer, Roberto overseas all of our science programmes. In 2018, he was awarded the prestigious 2018 CORAL Conservation Prize by the Coral Reef Alliance for his leadership of our community reef restoration project.
Science Officer & Dive Officer
Rachael is an experienced dive instructor and marine biologist who joined our team in June 2019. She developed a love for the ocean whilst growing up in the Mediterranean Sea, on the island of Menorca, first snorkelling, then free diving and finally becoming a scuba instructor, with presently over 9 years of experience. She has an MSc in Marine Biology from Bangor University, Wales and a BSc in Zoology from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. As Science Officer, she conducts marine research, science training, and develops our conservation initiatives. She is also responsible for all of Reef Doctor’s dive training and research diving alongside our other Dive Officer, Amber.
Bosco is from Ifaty and has been helping with Reef Doctor fisheries surveys in the village for 5 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.
Jao joined us in January 2019 as a Technician on our dynamic agroforestry community project in collaboration with the Nature Fund and the Botanical Gardens of Zurich. He is responsible for developing and coordinating the project in the North of the Bay of Ranobe. He has diplomas in Agronomy and Advanced Technician Agronomy from the l’Institut Supérieur de Technologie, Toliara. He previously worked as an Agricultural Technician at CDD-U as part of the implementation of the CRS Fararano programme, a USAID-funded food security programme in eastern and southwestern Madagascar.