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
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.
Jerry Slater BEng MSc
Jerry is a passionate world adventurer, marine conservationist and dive instructor. He has worked with Coral Cay as the marine science officer at the Philippines and Cambodia bases. In order to finance his tropical fun, Jerry occasionally migrates back to Scotland and switches to his parallel career as a communications and project manager in the corporate world.
Science and Community Liaison Officer
Ian has been involved in natural resource management in Australia over the past three decades. He has spent most of his time working with indigenous people to support them manage their traditional land and sea estates across the Top End of the Northern Territory, including Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park. Additionally, he has also worked in a number of other roles including being a Fisheries observer in the Tasman and Coral Seas as well as two stints around the Australian sub-Antarctic territories of Heard and MacDonald Islands. Ian has also been invited to sit on panels to provide advice to the Australian Government as a community representative on the allocation of funding for natural resource management activities.
Ian is a keen sailor who has cruised extensively across northern Australia and eastern Indonesia.
Amy is a PADI MSDT who has taught diving around the world from Bali to Egypt. She first learnt to dive when she was 19 in Mozambique and 15 years later it still holds the same thrill. So much so that in 2012 she gave up her life in advertising to pursue diving full time.
It wasn’t until volunteering with Coral Cay Conservation that she truly began to appreciate what she was seeing down there. The science programme has given her a completely new appreciation for what goes on under the waves. Onsite, every day becomes a school day and that’s why she keeps coming back. This is Amy’s third time with Coral Cay and hopefully it won’t be her last.