MONTSERRAT TEAM

Gareth Turner

Field Base Manager

Gareth has joined the Montserrat team after completing his Marine Expedition Management Scheme with Coral Cay in the Philippines in October 2016. He first came into contact with Coral Cay in Cambodia after he had completed his PADI Instructor course in Thailand.  He then became part of a team setting up a new coral regrowth and seahorse monitoring project on the island of Koh Rong Samloem.  Previous to that, he spent two years working as a Conservation Project Facilitator on a Green Turtle project in the Perhentian Islands of Malaysia as well as diving around places such as Sumatra, the Philippines and Bali.  His passion for conservation became clear when he found that he didn’t enjoy working in the dive industry as an instructor only. 

 

Upon returning to the UK the meeting with Coral Cay in Cambodia was still very clear in his mind.  Looking to consolidate his previous achievements in conservation Gareth found what he was looking for in the Expedition Management Scheme.  He is now looking forward to taking all he has learnt during six months on site in Southern Leyte, with the very experienced FBM Claire (Ogg), and passing it on to his new team of staff, volunteers and others in Montserrat, in addition to learning more of what the island has to offer.

Marisa Sorrell MSc

Project Scientist

Marisa is a MSc graduate in Conservation Biology, having previously completed her BSc in Ecology. Living in numerous countries all her life lead Marisa to carry out various conservation based volunteer opportunities especially in the Mediterranean and Caribbean before joining CCC in Montserrat as a Science Officer in 2016. Marisa is a PADI Rescue diver and has conducted research in Malta, Cyprus and Honduras with a focus on small mammal diversity and community perceptions of their local environments. Marisa's goal when working is to involve communities in conservation actions as she believes in implementing sustainable strategies towards natural resource usage that is beneficial for species and people. 

Peter Gray BSc

Science Officer

From an early age, the importance of the natural world has always been apparent to Peter. He has always read National Geographic magazine religiously and persistently found himself captivated by wildlife documentaries. Peter’s passion, which led him to study Wildlife Conservation, has only grown as his knowledge of conservation has increased. He has been fortunate enough to experience working abroad as both a volunteer in Mexico and a researcher in the Peruvian Amazon. Before starting university, Peter volunteered on a marine conservation project off the southeast coast of Mexico. Also as part of his degree he collected camera trap data on large carnivores and their prey within the Pacaya- Samiria National Reserve, Peru. Peter is looking forward to getting back in the field and becoming a member of a dedicated conservation research team once again.

Rebecca Hills

Science Officer

Becky is from Surrey and studied BSc Marine Biology and MSc Aquatic Biology at The University of Portsmouth. From a young age she wanted to get involved with a conservation program and always had a passion for the oceans and wildlife. She worked as a sales administrator before embarking on a three month volunteer expedition with Coral Cay Conservation in Montserrat, as well as working towards her Dive Master qualification. Becky was fully immersed with all aspects of the expedition and loved watching and helping new volunteers to learn. She jumped at the chance when a Science Officer position opened up and is hoping to inspire others and develop in her new role. 

Jonathan Westwell

Scuba Instructor

Jon lives on the island of Guernsey, which is part of the Channel Islands. After completing his open water course in Egypt in 2014 he used every holiday he had to travel and dive. He then decided to further pursue his passion for scuba diving by undertaking a sabbatical and completing his Open Water instructor course in the beautiful Cayman Islands at the start of 2016. In October of the same year, Jon quit his States of Guernsey job of 13 years and decided to pursue a career in diving by completing his Master Scuba Diver Trainer qualification and internship in Bali. 

Oscar Wigginton MBChB

Medical Officer

After graduating from medical school in Scotland, Oscar has spent most of his time working in emergency medicine and surgery both in Devon and Australia. More recently he has been involved in the Syrian refugee crisis in Greece working as a medic on a marine search & rescue team, as well as providing medical care inside refugee camps. He holds a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and has previously worked with the Red Cross in the Western Ghats in India, as well as for an independent medical NGO in rural Cambodia. He loves surfing, scuba diving and is a qualified freediver.

Annie

Annie was rescued from the Montserrat Animal Protection Society. She has been described as a 'daft ball of energy'!

 

Here she is brushing up on her Wrasse species ID!