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 & In-country Volunteer Coordinator
Leah joined the team as Science Officer in October 2018 after completing a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science. Her degree included a placement year at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth with the Husbandry team. She has gained extensive marine fieldwork experience from volunteering placements with the Community Seagrass Initiative (CSI) in the UK, and Global Vision International in Mexico and Costa Rica. As science officer, Leah conducts marine research, science training, and develops our conservation initiatives. She is also responsible for the coordination of our volunteer programmes in country.
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.