Ben Thorne FRGS FZS
Field Base Manager
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.
Sophie is the Project Manager in Cambodia. She has recently graduated with an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Queensland, Australia, with a Dean's commendation for academic achievement and The Nature Conservancy Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Conservation and Sustainable Development. Sophie has worked in Asia and Australia as a qualified scuba instructor and volunteered for a number of marine conservation and regeneration projects in Asia Pacific in addition to undertaking a research internship focusing on marine conservation and food security issues in the Pacific region.
James graduated with a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Leeds. In the past six years James has travelled, volunteered and worked across the globe in some beautiful places, from
diving in Tobago, Madagascar and Vietnam, to other conservation projects in Sri Lanka, Ghana and Laos. A true diver at heart, now a PADI Dive Master, he wants to do more research on the coral reefs
and to spread the word of keeping them beautiful!
Sopheary graduated with a BSc in General Management from the Build Bright University, Cambodia. Since then Sopheary has worked for a range of environmental NGO's. Including; Save’s Cambodia Wildlife, Wildlife Alliance, WWF and Free the Bears. Sopheary’s love for nature has led her to publish four environmental board games, to help educate and encourage children to take care of their natural surroundings and resources. She believes that a healthy environment is very important for the future, and would like to get more people involved in creating a greener planet.
Mien has been driving boats since he was 11 years old around the island of Koh Rong and so knows the waters well. Very keen to learn English, Mien is an enthusiastic staff member who likes to get involved in everything he can.
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.