Field Base Manager
After a successful career in pharmacy Susan made a life changing decision to return to education and follow her passion for nature. She completed a degree in Wildlife and Practical Conservation at Salford University where she had hands on experience of a variety of different survey techniques. She has worked in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa as a safari guide where she provided boat, walk and driving safari’s to demanding international clients. Susan's relationship with Coral Cay started as a volunteer after which she was inspired to apply for a position as Project Scientist and luckily was offered the job. She spent a further 12 months on Montserrat, an island she now loves. Susan is delighted to have this opportunity to return to the island and continue with her contribution to the project.
Field Base Manager (taking sole charge January 2017)
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 Advanced Open Water 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.
Derry Gibson BSc MSc MMOA
While fostering a life-long, Attenborough fuelled, love for the natural world, Derry is a relative newcomer to the world of science and conservation. After deciding on a complete career change in 2010, Derry completed his BSc. in Ecology & Zoology nestled in-between the tropical rainforests and Great Barrier Reef of Queensland, Australia, where he attended James Cook University and was the recipient of 2014’s academic medal for excellence. This was followed by an MSc. in Wildlife Conservation & Management back home in Ireland, focusing on a novel method for efficiently measuring butterfly populations and for which he received first class honours. After graduating, Derry was accepted as an intern for a prestigious research charity based in Wales, where he acted as Marine Mammal Observer for their Bottlenose dolphin photo-ID project. A keen photographer, hiker, traveller and PADI diver, Derry has just been welcomed into the world of CCC as Science Officer for the Montserrat site.