Meet the Team
Say hello to the people behind the Institute
Chelsea created the Institute for Marine Research (in collaboration with Rafael) after seeing the critical need for greater attention, and upgraded research methodologies to be brought to the remote island communities of the Philippines to ensure fine-scale data analysis of coral reef dynamics could be assessed, and improved coastal management decisions could be made alongside the islands local government unit. Chelsea has spent the past 4 years studying coral reef dynamics, from completing her Thesis on Heron Island’s Research Station (GBR, Australia), to Madagascar, Honduras and the Philippines. Through this experience she has been able to study methodology effectiveness, whilst understanding the importance in building both governmental and community relationships to ensure findings aren’t lost in realm of Marine Biology, and localised management practices are implemented to ensure social and economic security for these remote island Nations.
Rafael is a Marine Biologist and PADI Dive Instructor with an absolute passion for the ocean. From a young age he knew that the sea is where his heart truly was. This has led to him working all over the world in all realms of Marine Biology, from Ecotourism to Research, and even Aquaculture. In the end Rafael found his true calling in Conservation, seeing the need to actively be a part of the effort to save the world’s oceans and help all the people and animals whom call it home. This experience and passion has allowed him to create the Institute for Marine Research as a dedicated ocean ambassador for the Philippines.
Oscar decided to become a diver at five and completed his open water in the UK at 10. He studied zoology at the University of Manchester before travelling to Central America to continue his dive training. He volunteered at the Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Centre in Utila, and quickly fell in love with the reef, its fish, and the island. He stayed longer than he planned and ultimately trained to become a MSDT instructor, before teaching for Operation Wallacea. He returned to the UK to study a master’s in marine science at Heriot-Watt in Scotland and completed his thesis studying the coral reef in Malaysia. He then worked as a marine research officer for GVI in Fiji, and then as a dive instructor and marine biologist across Australia. He has now finally made it to the heart of the coral triangle and is excited to study what could be one of the last coral strongholds on the planet. Human life depends on the food the reef provides, and its loss will have drastic consequences for life as we know it. Every coral is important, and the more we know about the reef the better we can prevent its demise. Oscar likes long walks on the beach and dislikes talking in the third person.