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 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 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.
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.
Margot joined our science team in November 2017 after volunteering as a Research Assistant with us for 3 months. She is French and grew up in Saint Martin in the Caribbean. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Oceanography as well as a Master’s degree in Geography Applied to Coastal Management. During her studies, she did several internships: one on marine spatial planning in Venice, one on beach erosion in Île de Ré, another one on natural reserves in Saint Martin focusing on turtle nesting sites, and finally an internship in California on socio-indicators of small-scale fisheries. She is a sailing instructor and loves diving. Margot is responsible for conducting our marine and fisheries research, conservation initiatives, and the training of our volunteers.
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.