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Available November 2021 to February 2022

Hi there, my name is Chris. I’m originally from the USA but am living in Australia while completing a Bachelor of Science (Marine Systems Specialisation) from SCU. I would love to continue gaining more field experience and contribute my current knowledge and help to projects.

I am a PADI Divemaster with just under 200 dives. Majority of my dives were in Borneo, as well as Mexico, and the Coffs Harbour region in NSW. I am happy to comply with LIRS Diving Regulations. Last dive was July 2021 at South Solitary Island.

I have 4 months, about 150 dives, of coral reef restoration experience in Borneo. This includes:

- building and maintaining artificial reefs

- coral propagation

- fish and invertebrate ID dives

- Turtle ID dives

- underwater photography

- living on a very remote island

- leading volunteer dives and “introduction” dives for newly arrived volunteers

I also worked at another organisation as a DM in Mexico, where I gained experience:

- identifying Mesoamerican reef coral and fish species

- helping volunteers with daily life (they were generally about 18 years old)

- assisting with courses

- assisting with UNAM coral research facility

Other skills

- data analysis and collection (Excel & R)

- excellent vegetarian cook

- previous long-term experience on small island in communal living situation

- gigging musician (free island concerts!)

- photography skills

Registered 20 Sep 2022

Available July 2021 to December 2022

My name is Matthew and I am currently a Biology Bsc (Hons) student studying at the University of Bath. On graduating I hope to spend several years travelling, completing my dive instructor and tech diving qualifications and volunteering to gain experience in marine conservation. Within this period I would welcome the opportunity to apply my scientific skills gained at university (predicted 2.1) to such field leading research projects carried out at LIRS.

I am a qualified PADI dive-master with a 100+ dives at the point (March 2020). These cover a variety of locations and conditions including Egypt, Oman, Thailand, Sardinia (cave diving) and Gili Trawangan, Indonesia where I carried out my dive-master training. If accepted onto a research project I will complete all necessary preliminary requirements prior to my arrival including an AS2299 diving medical in Australia and also ensure my CPR training and emergency oxygen provider training are up to date.

It has always been a dream of mine to dive the GBR and now more than ever with the increasing threat of coral bleaching occurring. However, on watching the well renowned documentary 'Chasing coral’ some years ago this dream has since changed to not just dive the reef but be a part of the movement to save it. I believe this work will be the first step on that journey.

In regard to field experience, I currently have little except what I learnt through the dive-master programme. However, gaining this is to be a priority in the early stages of my travels. I have already researched/contacted a number of organisations ahead of time an example being the Gili Ecotrust, who run a Boirocks project of Gili Trawangan which I am told I could become involved with.

More specific to my aptitude to island life, through my time in the army cadet force in school I have learnt not to be fussy and to deal with uncomfortable living conditions, thus am perfectly competent working in strenuous environments that others may have issue with. Furthermore, through this experience I have learnt discipline and organisation, which would be essential in such an environment, not only to ensure efficient use of time but also reduce irritation to co-researchers in the intense living conditions. I also have experience working in kitchens and the catering industry and could offer these skills to the research team during our stay. I do not smoke and am an easy going and communicative individual. Registered 10 March 2020