Ben Thorne FRGS FZS
Field Base Manager & acting Project Scientist
Ben is an experienced field operative having worked in many remote locations across the world, including Cambodia, Honduras, Indonesia and the Great Barrier Reef. He has extensive medical training and is a Remote Emergency Medical Technician, a First Aid at Work Instructor and also First Person on Scene trained. With a marine biology background, and a Masters of Applied Environmental Science from the University of Sydney, Ben has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts in addition to being a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London.
Rónán Mag Aoidh MRes, BSc
A love of the sea led Rónán to study Marine Science at the University of Ulster. Before entering his final year, he volunteered with CCC at the Tobago expedition site, where he tried diving for the first time. After graduating, he got a fellowship at the Marine Institute in Ireland and worked in the Benthos Ecology section. During his time there, he also completed a Research Masters through University College Dublin. Upon finishing, Rónán decided to do some traveling, tying in diving wherever he could. He is excited to begin working with CCC to help protect Cambodia's beautiful sea.
Elena recently graduated from the University of Southampton with a Marine Biology degree, and spent a year studying abroad in North Carolina. Since the age of 8, when she took her first breath underwater, Elena has been diving all over the world and has recently achieved the qualification of Divemaster. Having lived in Italy, the UK and the USA, Elena is well travelled, multi-lingual and has inherited the Italian knack of being a great cook. In the future, Elena hopes to make a career out of her passion for corals, continuing her education and becoming a researcher in coral reef biology.
Upon graduating from Oxford University in 2011, Fern worked first as a teacher in China and then spent over 2 months travelling around Malaysia. It was there that she took her first breath underwater and try as she might, she hasn’t been able to get the wonders of the underwater world out of her mind since. As an experienced specialty instructor, she has worked in busy dive shops and on remote marine conservation sites in Honduras and is now keen to return to the colourful diversity of South-East Asia.
Nove is a very pleasant man who is keen to learn some basic English. He is prompt and always keen to work on the boat.
Zou is a friendly lady who speaks a reasonable amount of English – she is not yet fluent in conversation but is keen to learn more. She is constantly smiling and enjoys working with her father, Ngune Nove, our boat captain.
Vannak was born and raised in our local village of Prek Svay. He specializes in serving up sautéed veggies, a mean curry, and bottomless contagious laughs. He’s very keen to learn English with us and is hard at work.