Manta Rays of the Maldives: Chief executive of Manta Trust Guy Stevens has spent a decade unravelling the lives of the manta rays that inhabit the coral reefs of the Maldives. Here is some of what he has seen and learnt.
For marine biologist Alison Kock, False Bay’s Seal Island has become a scientific holy land. Philippa Ehrlich finds out more about her connection with this iconic landmark and its famous residents.
Photographer Thomas P. Peschak shares his views on the creation of his new book and what it means for conservation.
Professor Mahmood Shivji explains how scientific research being carried out by the Save Our Seas Shark Research Center in Fort Lauderdale is having a global impact on shark conservation.
Christopher Neff discusses the politics of sharks and shark ‘attacks’, and how this frames our understanding of these events.
We spoke with the Save Our Seas Foundation CEO Michael Scholl about where his passion for sharks began and what drives it.
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Scientific director of SOSF D’Arros Research Centre Rainer von Brandis relays some of the knowledge gleaned on the local marine and terrestrial environments of these remote islands in the Seychelles’ Amirantes Group.
SOSF principal scientist Sarah Fowler reviews what the SOSF has been doing to address the global threat to sharks and the extent to which its efforts are making a difference.
I have been fascinated by the natural world all my life and growing up on a farm in south-western UK provided me with a seemingly limitless supply of weird and wonderful creatures to discover. I always knew that I wanted to make studying animals my career, but it was only when I was given a tropical fish tank at the age of 11 that my passion for the underwater world began. From that moment forward I would say ‘I want to study fish!’ when asked what I planned to do when I grew up. True to my word, I progressed through school and college with this in mind and in 2002 graduated from the University of Plymouth with a degree in marine biology and coastal ecology.
University opened my mind to the rest of the world and I was hungry to explore as much of it as I could. Having visited and dived in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia, I realised that I wanted to work in one of these tropical destinations, and when a job for a marine biologist in the Maldives came up in 2003 I knew it was for me.