Four Seasons Resorts Maldives have been working with local environmental agency Reefscapers (formerly Seamarc) since 2001, under the ever-watchful eye of the company’s founder, Thomas Le Berre. Our wildlife conservation projects are run from two Marine Discovery Centres by a dedicated team of ten full time marine biologists, ably assisted by our interns and apprentices.
In addition, The Manta Trust charity (formerly the ‘Maldivian Manta Ray Research Project’) – headed by founding director Guy Stevens – has been run from Landaa Giraavaru since 2005, employing marine biologists and seasonal volunteers.
Four Seasons Resorts & Reefscapers – working together since 2001
Reefscapers team at Kuda Huraa (January 2019)
Thomas le Berre
Founder of Seamarc and Reefscapers
French coastal oceanographer and founder of Maldivian environmental consultancy Reefscapers, Thomas has been spearheading the environmental projects at Four Seasons Resorts Maldives since 2001.
In 1992, Thomas obtained the Baccalaureat-C (Mathematics & Physics) with distinctions in Vannes, France. He was admitted to the ENSTA ParisTech, one of the French engineering “Grandes Écoles”. While studying there, Thomas took part in several exchange programmes and studied firstly at KTH Stockholm (Sweden) and then at James Cook University of North Queensland (Australia).
Thomas moved to SE Asia in 1999 and has been living and working the Maldives and Sri Lanka ever since. Along with Marie Saleem, he founded Seamarc (‘Systems Engineering and Marine Consulting’) in the year 2000, and as well as running the company (now known as ‘Reefscapers’), Thomas is actively and passionately involved in each project.
MDC Manager (at Kuda Huraa) and Turtle Expert
Alejandra graduated in 2012 from the University of Guadalajara with a Bachelors in Biological Science. Her career started in Mexico, working with many species including sharks and sea lions, before moving to Florida and Mississippi (USA) to work with sea turtles, dolphins and manatees.
Following a stint in Holland researching seals, Alejandra then moved to Costa Rica to manage a remote research station in Tortuguero National Park (with its large 35km Green Turtle nesting beach).
With such unique work experiences, we were pleased to offer Alejandra the position of Turtle Biologist at our Centres, and she joined the team in July 2017.
Carla Di Santo
MDC Manager (at Landaa Giraavaru); Aquaculture Specialist
Carla holds a Master’s degree in Marine biology, combined with an aquaculture and sustainable fisheries management diploma, obtained at Montpellier University (France).
After two marine biotechnology internships in French Polynesia, she joined our clownfish breeding team at Landaa Giraavaru in June 2016 as an intern. Having successfully bred clown fish juveniles during her internship, Carla was offered a full-time position as ‘Marine Biologist’.
She returned to the Maldives in December 2016 as an aquaculture specialist, and Carla’s wide range of skills enables her to be proficient in our Fish Lab and also very valuable in our wider marine projects.
In April 2019, we were pleased to welcome Carla back to Landaa, in her new role as MDC Manager.
Akbar Ahmed ‘Aku’
Deputy MDC Manager (at Landaa Giraavaru); Fish Lab Manager & Aquaculture Specialist
After graduating from school, Aku worked for the Maldivian ‘State Trading Organisation’, gaining valuable experience in a variety of roles (sales, legal credit, logistics, inventory, accounts).
Aku joined Reefscapers in December 2009, and is now one of our longest serving and most valuable team members. Starting as a research assistant, Aku is now in charge of the Fish Lab and leads all of our aquaculture projects at Landaa Giraavaru. These include our Clownfish breeding programmes, as well as refining our techniques in algae, phytoplankton and rotifer production (essential food sources in the Lab).
His wealth of local knowledge and technical expertise makes Aku the perfect trainer, and he plays an essential role in environmental awareness issues, sharing his knowledge and skills with the younger generation of Four Seasons apprentices.
Felipe’s passion for the ocean started when he became a diver just before finishing a degree in Environmental Science in Barcelona. In 2015, he started a Master’s degree in Marine Systems and Policies at the University of Edinburgh and collaborated with the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme to write his thesis about the impact of tourism on whale shark behaviour. The collaboration with the MWSRP continued, this time as a member of a staff.
Before returning to the Maldives, he worked as a Project Scientist in the Philippines and was involved with coral propagation projects and the establishment of Marine Protected Areas.
A BSc in Coastal Marine Biology (Hull University, UK) was followed by various research and dive positions with a strong focus on invasive species and ecosystem management. In 2013, Simon achieved an MSc in Conservation Biology (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK), focusing on dietary analysis of the invasive Lionfish (Pterois volitans/miles) in the Caribbean. Subsequent roles have included Scientific Research Officer in Fiji, (Marine Protected Areas Establishment); Aquarist with Europe’s largest shark collection (UK); Lead Aquarium Aquarist (Queensland, Australia); manager of the East End Coral Nursery (Grand Cayman).
During this time, Simon clocked up over 5000 dives, attaining PADI Instructor and IANTD Advanced Freedive Instructor status, and we were pleased to accept him into the Marine Savers team as Coral Biologist in April 2018.
Tori’s passion for marine studies began when she was in high school, after a school trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef opened her eyes to the marine world. Continuing on with this passion, she went on to study at Griffith University (Gold Coast, Australia) graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in wildlife and marine biology. During this time, she also volunteered with sea turtles and humpback whales where her love for the ocean was cemented.
Tori first joined the Marine Savers team in March 2018 as an intern, and you can read about her experiences in 5 chapters on our blog page. She was subsequently offered a full time position as the Assistant Marine Biologist at Kuda Huraa, returning to the Maldives in September 2018.
Assistant Coral Biologist
Gaetan holds a Master’s degree from Ecole Centrale Paris, where he specialised in data science. He is passionate about marine biology and the fight against climate change.
After studying marine biology at the University of Queensland (Australia), and directing a documentary about climate change, he joined Marine Savers at Landaa Giraavaru to help with our Reefscapers Coral Propagation Programme.
Gaetan is responsible for our image recognition software, which helps to analyse the impact and success of our Reefscapers coral programme, and will help to improve our long-term coral propagation processes.
Sam graduated from Northeastern University (Boston, USA) in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Marine Science, where a part of his studies were dedicated to the coral reefs in Panama. During his thesis, he worked at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) on estuarine habitat cascades, and then moved to sunny Southern California to work as a scientific diver around coastal kelp reefs.
After obtaining dive master and his boat captain’s license, Sam is thrilled to bring his wide range of field experience to the Marine Savers team, and he started as Coral Biologist at Kuda Huraa in September 2019.
Assistant Coral Biologist
Louise is a certified scuba-diver, passionate about the ocean and marine organisms. After obtaining her BSc in Biology at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris, France), Louise went on to join the International Master in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea). During this degree, she specialised in Marine Conservation, gaining specific knowledge about ocean conservation issues as well as international experience in various marine projects.
Louise first joined the Marine Savers team as an intern in 2019, for her Master’s thesis project. She used our coral frame database to study and compare coral growth under different conditions of sunlight exposure and depth, providing useful guidelines for our restoration project.
After completion of her Master’s, Louise returned as a permanent member of our team, to the position of Assistant Coral Biologist. She is very excited to be able to carry on with this work and be actively involved in the restoration of the Maldivian coral reefs.
Marine Biologist (Corals)
Sophie first discovered the underwater world when she learnt to dive in Belize whilst volunteering for a marine conservation organisation. Through her studies at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) in Environmental Geoscience, she was able to broaden her marine science knowledge, specialising in coastal biogeochemistry. Her dissertation project was conducted in Jamaica and focused on isotopic tracers of nitrogen contamination in a reef system, and further built on her marine field skills.
Since graduating, Sophie worked at the Scottish Seabird Centre before gaining a position as Reef Ecology Lecturer for Operation Wallacea (Madagascar). Now she is excited to join the Reefscapers team as a Marine Biologist, working on the Coral Propagation program.
After an internship position in Fiji, focusing on reef structure and shark behaviour, Koan went on to attain a BSc in Applied marine zoology (Plymouth University, UK) alongside his SSI instructor qualification.
Since graduation, he has held various positions around the world, both in-water and in the kitchen, where he has spent most of his professional life, before joining us at Marine Savers as a Reefscapers coral propagation intern (2019).
Koan dazzled managers and co-workers alike, who considered him a good fit a Landaa’s resident aquarist, a position he accepted in February 2020. As well as catering for his new found love (the Harlequin shrimp 💙) Koan’s passion is diving and the preservation of the marine world. He aims to focus on developing our anemone fish breeding program, in a bid to reduce the number of individuals caught globally from the wild for the aquarium trade.
Dafne has always been passionate about wildlife health and conservation. She holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a degree in Animal Science, from the AVMA accredited School of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Husbandry at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Dafne then went on to graduate from the Specialty Program in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine (same University). As part of this program, she completed international externships at the Copenhagen Zoo (Denmark), the St. Louis Zoo (USA), and the Vancouver Aquarium (Canada).
During her student years, Dafne had the opportunity to work in different zoos, veterinary hospitals, natural reserves and rehabilitation centers, and participated in conservation projects of green sea turtles and scarlet macaws. She discovered the wonderful world of marine medicine through the MARVET program, and we were pleased to welcome Dafne to our Marine Savers team in March 2020.
Looking for more ? You can meet some of our Marine Biology interns that have worked with us here at Marine Savers. Read about their research projects, see interesting underwater photos and watch fun & exciting video on our Blog Pages.
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Founder Director, Manta Trust
A member of the Four Seasons Resorts Maldives marine biology team since 2004, Guy now works full-time as the Founder Director of The Manta Trust – a charity dedicated to the global research and conservation of manta rays.
Guy’s conservation efforts in the Maldives have led to the creation of several Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) at key manta aggregation sites, most notably at Hanifaru Bay, where his work was featured in the National Geographic Magazine (July 2009).
Guy and his conservation efforts have also featured in over a dozen TV documentaries for the BBC, NatGeo, ABC (Project Manta), ITV (Man to Manta), Channel 4 (Big Fish Fight) and 60 minutes Australia.
Guy’s work with manta rays now takes him to other corners of the world, but the Maldives for him will always be the best place to see and study these amazing animals.
Education & Outreach Officer
Growing up, Flossy was fascinated by the bizarre natural world. Flossy learnt to scuba dive in England when she was 13, but didn’t dive again until she was at university, when she visited Honduras for an internship with the Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Centre. In Honduras she fell in love with tropical marine ecosystems and marine megafauna, and was inspired to pursue a career focused on conserving them.
Whilst studying for her MSc in Marine Environmental Management at the University of York (UK), Flossy gained a research placement with the Manta Trust in the Maldives. Here, she conducted her first Marine Education Program with students from a local school in Baa Atoll as well as joining the team on the research boat for manta surveys. Flossy discovered her dream career path – teaching others about mantas, marine biology and conservation.
Flossy is now working as the Education and Outreach Officer for the Maldivian Manta Ray Project, based in Baa Atoll. She splits her time between manta research and expanding the Manta Trust’s Marine Education Program. Her favourite part is taking the students snorkelling to see the manta rays – some for the very first time!
Beth grew up near the English coast, and would spend hours exploring the rock pools on her local beach, which sparked her love for the ocean. Beth took this fascination a step further and decided to study marine biology at the University of Portsmouth (UK). After completing her studies, she moved to the Maldives to work as a marine biologist, where she became a PADI divemaster and gained experience in coral restoration, turtle rehabilitation and various nationwide research projects including the Manta Trust’s ID work.
In 2017, after two years building her knowledge and experience, Beth joined the Maldivian Manta Ray Project (Project Manager, Laamu Atoll) and recently moved to the Baa Atoll research base. Whilst working for the MMRP, Beth has been researching the local manta populations, learning more about their biology, behaviour and population dynamics. She has worked alongside other NGOs and resort marine biologists to share this knowledge with local communities, guests and resort staff, inspiring them to conserve the underwater world. Working so closely to these beautiful animals has only increased her appreciation for them and the wider Maldivian marine environment.