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.
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.
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.
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.