Project Director: Stephen Lyon
Stephen founded the Pacific Islands Conservation
Initiative to help communities better understand and conserve
their environment. The Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring Project
lies at the heart of this intent, combining the facets of
sustainable tourism, environmental research, diving, snorkelling
and adventure to deliver information not previously available
to the Aitutaki Island Council while providing a unique and
wonderful experience for the projects participants.
Chief Science Officer/ Science Officer: Dr. Mareike Sudek
Mareike was born in Germany and even though she didn’t grow up near the ocean she always felt a strong bond to the ocean and its inhabitants. When she was 21 she left Germany to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology and Zoology from the University of Wales, Bangor in the UK and then moved on to receive her PhD in Marine Biology (specializing in coral disease) from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Most of her PhD field work was conducted in Hawaii in connection with the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.
Mareike has a strong background in marine monitoring and a passion for outreach and marine conservation. She is super excited to combine these interests to help achieve the goals of the Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring Project and give the eco-volunteers an unforgettable experience!
Expedition Leader: Shaun Gilmore
Shaun grew up in New Zealand and has worked in many fields. He is currently employed as a dive instructor, and has a high level of organisational and mechanical compentency, a requirement for remote island expedition work. Shaun is personable and approachable, and is looking forward to the challenge of leading this expedition. He is excited to be part of the Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring Project and he will provide excellent guidance and ensure the safety of the divers during the expedition!