MRCI Directors of Operations
Caitlin started with MRCI as a volunteer on the Forest Conservation project in early 2016. She holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Zoology and Conservation Biology from the University of Western Australia, where she is now completing her masters in Conservation and Ecology.Her passion for wildlife, particularly reptiles, amphibians and anything marine has led her to work as a conservation biologist in various countries around the world. Caitlin has made it her life goal to visit as many countries as possible and see the diversity of animal life the planet has to offer.</p
Llewellyn has been working in the Congo for the past couple of years as a quality control manager for an environmental solutions company. He is originally from a small coastal town in South Africa and thoroughly enjoys the ocean. After getting his instructors license a year ago, he decided to go back to the beach life. He is a very keen surfer, free-diver, and spear fisher.
Marine Program Staff
Kiri grew up all over the world and has a BSc in Biology. She has been diving for 7 years and is working as a scuba instructor for a few years before going on to get a Masters degree in Marine Biology. She is a competitive kickboxing, conservationist who drinks a lot of tea and loves all creatures, particularly those without spinal cords!
Antonio graduated from university with a masters in marine and halieutic science. He joined MRCI to gain new experiences in conservation as well as to meet new people from around the world!
Ernst Noyons, originating from the cold Netherlands, developed a love for the ocean and it’s inhabitants a few years back, when he did his first two dive courses in South-East Asia. A couple years later, he found himself volunteering and working as a Dive Master in the Philippines, at a marine conservation organization. Wanting to learn more and expand his skills and knowledge, he became the new marine intern at MRCI.
Forest Program Staff
Nina has a conservation masters with an extra course in ecological engineering. When she heard about MRCI she knew she couldn’t miss out on the opportunity of discovering the Malagasy culture and wildlife! She has no regrets and enjoys everything from the forest walks, the amazing views and the food (especially the white coconut chocolate!)
Olivia first came to Madagascar as a volunteer in the forest program. Her time in Nosy Komba confirmed her passion for conservation and field work. So she went back home to France to do her masters in conservation of biodiversity and came straight back afterwards! She is now enjoying the unique wildlife, in particular during the night walks.
Community Development Program Staff
Sea Turtle Monitoring Staff
Alanah is from the south west of Western Australia and loves the ocean, traveling and meeting new people. After recently completing her BSc majoring in Marine and Environmental Science she was looking for the opportunity to travel while also being able to gain life experience. Joining the community team at MRCI has provided her the perfect opportunity to teach and learn from other people at all stages of life.
Island Outreach Staff
Paul is 24 and worked as a fisherman before coming to MRCI. He started working at MRCI because he wanted to learn about the different species of snakes and lizards in Madagascar.
MRCI Off-Camp Staff
Franck is based in our Hellville office and meticulously organises budgets and books for MRCI. He is also a well respected and educated member of the community and as such also assists with meetings, contracts, agreements and translating with our local partners.
Tantely is based in Hellville and organises reliable and safe transport for MRCI. He organises all MRCI’s transport needs within Nosy Be and further afield if needed.
Christian is the centres co-ordination manager in Antananarivo where he liaises directly with the Department of Environmental Affairs as well as the Ministry of Higher Education
MRCI Media Team
Courtney joined MRCI in June 2017. She graduated with a B.A. Degree in Visual Communication from the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography in South Africa. She has always been interested in conservation and community development and is passionate about using her skills to make a positive impact.
Turtle Cove Research Centre Volunteer & Catering Staff