Lots of different people apply every year to become a MAR Leader, but only 12 are selected.
Meet some of the MAR Leaders right here as we chat to 4 of the 2011 Fellows about what makes them tick and how they came to be involved in doing what they do.
Ana has a degree in Aquaculture and is currently doing a Master’s Degree in Science and Technology. She also teaches classes at the Centre for Aquaculture and Oceanic Studies at USC (on Oceanography and Untraditional Species Cultivation).
Gaby is currently finishing her doctoral studies in Ecology and Sustainable Marine Development, and has a BSc in Biology and Masters in science. She was the Mexican Rep for Reef Check, who developed educational materials and guidelines for volunteers.
|Born:||Minatitlán, Veracruz, Mexico|
|Lives:||Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico|
A. CSI for Coral Reefs is a program that works to get reliable data for prosecuting reef damage cases. The tools and methodologies of the program include impact definition, standardized production of evidence and procedures for evaluating damage to the reef.
I have been part of a team that evaluates damage produced by ship groundings – we’ve got to work out the impact of the damage and find solutions. Basically, we’ll have to work out how to represent the damage in “coral-years” to portray how much time is needed to recover a damaged coral reef ecosystem. One of the most amazing experiences I’ve had with this initiative is being part of the instructor team. We share how to get best outcomes in the damage cases with biologists, enforcement officers, rangers, scientists and lawyers. Working with so many different people from so many different places has been eye opening!
Yimy has a Law degree and worked as a Fiscal Specialist for the Public Ministry of Honduras on the environment of the Atlantic Coast, and he’s now a judge in Roatán. These days he works to bring cases against environmental violations of the Atlantic Coast of Honduras.
|Lives:||Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras|
Kim is completing his doctoral studies at the Curtin University of Technology in Australia to gain a BSc in Biology & Masters in Marine biology. He has worked as coordinator and project advisor for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Kim also founded his own non- profit organization called RAZONATURA.
|Lives:||Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico|