MONTSERRAT TEAM

Claire Ogg

Field Base Manager

Having just returned from a year working as the Field Base Manager for CCC in the Philippines Claire is escaping the UK winter and looking forward to the challenges of managing the Montserrat site and living in the Caribbean. She began working in the marine conservation industry in 2009 teaching diving to gap year volunteers on a remote beach in the Fijian Islands. This was followed by two years as operations manager at a diving centre on one of the main Fijian islands and a year on a small Maldivian island where she continued to develop her knowledge of the tropical Indo Pacific underwater eco system. Claire holds a degree in Agricultural and Environmental sciences which allowed her to work in a wide variety of science based roles prior to embarking on her overseas adventures.

 

As well as being an experienced PADI instructor, Claire holds a certificate in Offsite Safety Management, a RYA boat masters licence and is a Scubapro technician. She is an Expedition Care Programme and a First Aid at Work instructor and is a Remote Emergency Medical Technician. 

Susan Robertson

Project Scientist

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. Her dissertation focused on diatoms and their use as an indicator of pollution in water environments. She has worked in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa as a safari guide and has spent several months volunteering with Coral Cay in Montserrat. She is a qualified Dive Master and loves to sail whenever she gets the opportunity. Susan is looking forward to taking on the position and continuing the excellent work already completed on the island.

Michael Soltysiak

Science Officer

Mike's love of nature was first sparked growing up in the rolling countryside of landlocked Shropshire, but always enjoyed trips to the coast. While volunteering with an NGO in Fiji in 2010 Mike first tried scuba diving, and decided what he wanted to do with his life. Upon returning to the UK he attended and graduated from the University of Essex with an Integrated Masters in Marine Biology. During his time at university, Mike was involved in surveying macro-algae along East Anglian estuaries, as well as projects in Indonesia. Returning to Indonesia with an NGO during his 3rd and 4th year summers, Mike worked firstly as a Divemaster, and then as Monitoring / Head Divemaster, as well as working on juvenile hard coral species recruitment. Mike is keen to expand his terrestrial knowledge, as well as experience the ecology and diving of the seas surrounding Montserrat.

Sean Smith

Science Officer

Sean spent his childhood surfing and enjoying the aquatic activities the Australian coast has to offer.  It was only natural that his love for the sea impressed itself on his career path. After graduating with a Masters in Environmental Science from Macquarie University he began working as a marine scientist in 2011. Sean has been involved in various projects around Australia including coral surveys in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. Over the last 6 months he has been working as a dive master on the Great Barrier Reef and loves helping new divers get their sea legs!!

Heidi Taylor

Scuba Instructor

Five years ago Heidi set out from her native home of Canada to travel the world, she got as far as South East Asia and never left after falling in love with her (supposedly temporary) job as a Scuba Instructor! Heidi can’t wait to experience the joys of Caribbean diving for the first time, and is looking forward to sharing her passion for the marine environment and conservation, whilst training ecologically responsible divers. Heidi speaks fluent French, is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and has recently acquired her power boat drivers’ license.

Annie

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