Head of Science
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, splitting 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 our sustainable community-led fisheries management programme.
Science Officer & Volunteer Coordinator
Susan joined the team in May 2017 to fulfil the position of both Science Officer and Volunteer Coordinator. She has a degree in Wildlife and Practical Conservation, and before joining us spent the previous 3 years working for a marine conservation NGO in the Caribbean as the lead scientist and base manager. Susan is a passionate and driven conservationist with a wealth of experience in management, field conservation survey methods, and project coordination. As a Science Officer, she is conducts volunteer/intern training, and marine research and conservation activities alongside the rest of the team. In her role as Volunteer Coordinator, she is responsible for management of our volunteer/intern training programmes and coordinating volunteers on site so that they can get the most out of their experience with Reef Doctor.
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. Before joining Reef Doctor he had 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.
We welcomed Martin to our science team in June 2017. He has a BA in Global Environmental Change and Sustainability, and a MPhil in Ecology and Biodiversity. His MPhil thesis investigated anthropogenic nutrient loading on coral reefs through stable isotope analysis. After his studies, he completed an internship with the United Nations on global marine plastics reduction. He has also gained previous marine research and conservation experience in the Philippines and the Caribbean. In addition to his scientific skills, Martin speaks an impressive 6 different languages! Alongside Seb, he is responsible for conducting our marine research, conservation initiatives, and volunteers/intern training.
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.