MRCI would be nowhere without our dedicated team. We are ever so grateful for everyone from our maintenance and kitchen staff to our conservation and community team members. This week, we would like to introduce you to Solly!
Solly is our fantastic MRCI Marine Conservation and Island Outreach Officer. He has always loved the environment, having grown up in the rural areas of Madagascar next to the sea. As a young man, he saw a lot of people asking questions about the sea and noticed a lack of understanding in the local communities. This drove his desire to learn more about the marine environment and to educate people. As such, he went on to study a Masters Degree in Marine Biology at the University North Antsiranana (UNA).
Solly arrived at MRCI in 2019 to work as our Marine Conservation Intern. He progressed to work as our Island Outreach Officer where he taught communities and volunteers about environmental protection and Malagasy language and culture. Due to his amazing attitude and enthusiasm, he was quickly promoted to Marine Conservation and Island Outreach Officer, a role in which he built on his knowledge from his Masters Degree, learning more about coral reef ecosystems and fish. He really enjoyed this time, and also conducted a project on monitoring coral reefs in collaboration with the UNA.
Solly has become a truly invaluable member of our team. He is an excellent diver, having had the opportunity to complete his Emergency First Responder training, PADI Rescue Diver Course, and PADI Divemaster at MRCI. He is also trained in identifying fish, corals, algae, benthic invertebrates and seagrass. Due to his passion for educating local communities, he runs our staff environmental education programme. His favourite thing about working at MRCI is learning the identification of coral reef organisms and researching about corals.
Solly – we’re so glad to have you as part of the MRCI team!
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