Who We Are

Our interdisciplinary approach to conservation brings together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and professional scientists with backgrounds in marine biology, ecology, sociology, law and many other disciplines. 

Over the years we've seen our team members build impressive, difference-making careers in conservation. In addition to their important work at Project Seahorse, they do great things as policymakers, activists, and scientists — in every region of the world.

Here are a few of our many alumni:

PhD Student (2003-08)

"All aspects of our decision-making should take into account the impacts of our actions on the environment, and in turn what those impacts mean for the future wellbeing of people."

Research Assistant

"My time at Project Seahorse confirmed my commitment to conservation and environmental advocacy."

Volunteer diver

"Volunteering with Project Seahorse must be the best thing I’ve ever done in a wetsuit."

Marine Medicinal Conservation Officer (1998-2001)

"Conservation must be collaborative if you want to make a difference in the world."

PhD Student (1999-2004)

"I have seen Project Seahorse grow from initial conception to the global force for marine conservation that it is today."

Senior Programme Manager (2000-07)

"Our greatest challenge is to establish a sustainable equilibrium that is equitable for all people."

PhD student (2009-14)

Danika is fascinated by the intersection of gender, small-scale fisheries and marine conservation. With Project Seahorse, she completed her doctoral research on small-scale fisheries in the Central Philippines, examining how the inclusion of women's fishing changes the quantification and characterization of small-scale fishers and their catch. Danika received her BSc from Tufts University, where she undertook a double major in biology and women’s studies, and later received a MSc on song sparrow breeding biology from the UBC Department of Forestry. Most recently she has collaborated with the Palau International Coral Reef Center to develop a socio-economic monitoring program for the Micronesia Challenge. Publications

MSc student (2012-14)

Julia is interested in the biology of coral reef fishes, in particular the reproductive patterns, life histories and recruitment processes of these fish. She completed her MSc on life history patterns of seahorses in peninsular Malaysia in 2014. Prior to joining Project Seahorse, Julia earned her BSc from Dalhousie University, where she was also a student in the Science Co-op Program; through this program she spent two semesters conducting her honours research in coral reef reproduction and recruitment. Before joining Project Seahorse, Julia collaborated on a variety of projects, from studying deep-sea sponges in Canada’s Northwest Atlantic to studying the lionfish invasion in the Bahamas. Publications | Twitter

PhD student (2006-12)

For his doctoral research with Project Seahorse, Iain explored questions regarding seahorse movement and spatial use. Iain completed an MSc through Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia) on turtle navigation and orientation, and holds a BSc from Mount Allison University (New Brunswick). Iain has also worked for the University of Alberta and Environment Canada. Publications | Twitter

PhD student (2005-11)

For her PhD, Kerrie investigated key life history parameters and the ecology of exploited seahorses to assess the viability of the populations in the Philippines. She holds a BA (Hons) in environmental studies from Brown University, Rhode Island, and served as the Cod Tagging Coordinator for Maine’s Department of Marine Resources. Kerrie was also a medalist with the U.S. Junior Olympic figure skating team and has worked and studied in Latin America. Publications

PhD student (2009-15)

Based at the Universidade do Algarve (CCMAR), Portugal, Miguel completed his PhD in 2015, investigating the variation in seahorse populations (H. guttulatus and H. hippocampus) at various scales (time and space) throughout the Ria Formosa lagoon, Faro, Portugal. He also holds a Masters degree in Biology and Management of Marine Resources at Universidade de Lisboa, and he has experience in maintaining seahorses in captivity, at Ramalhete Field Station (CCMAR). Publications