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Samantha Murray is the Executive Director of the Master of Advanced Studies Program in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Also teaches Ocean Law and Policy. Samantha played a key role in the design and implementation of California's network of marine protected areas, which now cover 16 percent of state waters. She has spoken about best practices in ocean conservation and is committed to diversity, inclusion and equitable impacts of public policy.

Ocean Lawyer and Policy Expert

Spencer Arnold has been working with Conservation Diver since 2014. His primary interest is in coral restoration through the design and construction of artificial reefs and underwater sculptures. His works include the Sculpture gardens on Koh Tao, including Despair, Hope, and Fight for the Last Life. 

Underwater Sculpter


Agatha joined Blue Ventures in April 2018 as the fisheries partner support technician for Kenya. Her role is to identify partner organizations in Kenya and East Africa and provide technical support and guidance to them on fisheries monitoring and management. Born and raised in central Kenya, Agatha fell in love with the ocean working with Kenya Wildlife Service. Working with local communities to develop management plans for marine conservation areas awoke the drive to venture into local lead fisheries co-management.

Fisheries and Community Partner

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Rahul Mehrotra joined the Conservation Diver team in 2012. He is focused on promoting conservation efforts through the lens of science and the world of academia. He has worked to apply Conservation Diver practices in consulting on marine protected areas in rural regions and has written a book on sea slugs, a topic he is passionate about. His research focuses on the taxonomy and ecology of benthic ecosystems in the tropics.

Marine Biologist and Slug Lover

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Liberty Lawson is the Knowledge Translation Officer & Content Editor at the Sydney Environment Institute. Liberty is an interdisciplinary researcher and writer, with a background in science and philosophy. She is currently completing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. at the University of Sydney looking at the ontology of art-nature symbioses, post-humanist conservation policy and the future of coral reefs. Liberty is the creative director of Holographia, a magazine exploring the intersection of art, science, philosophy and the hybrid ecologies of the Anthropocene.

Interdisciplinary Researcher and Writer

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With an MSc in Protected Area Management and experience in research and environmental education Alan moved to the Philippines in 2014 and has since worked with a range of NGOs helping to protect our marine ecosystems. Joining Marine Conservation Philippines in 2018, he now manages the research programme exploring MPA effectiveness and fisheries science. Working to develop relationships with academic partners, Alan uses the observational data collected by citizen scientists to investigate reef ecology and better understand long-term MPA successes/failures. Either in the classroom or behind a dive mask Alan enjoys teaching sampling methodology, conducting monitoring (especially when he spots strange coral species), data analysis and GIS.

Conservation Coordinator and Research Manager


Mikaela Gidö began her studies in social psychology in 2019 and she will be graduating in 2021 with a Bachelor of  Arts in Social Psychology. She started studying Psychology at the age of 20 but then took a long break from university to discover and experience the world by traveling and working abroad. Mikaela lives in Falköping, Sweden, but loves to go on adventures geared towards marine conservation.

Psychologist and Conservationist