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Jenn is our General Manager, based in Brisbane. Whilst managing the regional survey monitoring in both the GBR and SEQ, she also works on partnership development, implementation of strategic marketing plans, data reporting and development of educational programs.
Jenn holds a GDipSci in Marine Biology from James Cook University and a MSc in Environmental Science from Florida International University. Her Master's research analysed the effectiveness of different communications techniques to increase public awareness about local marine conservation issues in South Florida and prompt participation in simple, concrete actions to limit personal impacts. Inspired by her first Indo-Pacific experience in Palau, Jenn moved to Australia to expand her marine biology knowledge and to pursue a career that blends science and education to protect reefs & oceans.
Jodi Salmond, Community Engagement Officer
Jodi Salmond is a marine biologist, completing her degree, with honours in Marine Parasitology, at James Cook University in Townsville. She started diving and helping with reef surveys on the Great Barrier Reef, before following her passion to a variety of new and exciting places. She spent three years at Underwater World on the Sunshine Coast in between two nesting seasons tagging turtles on Lady Musgrave Island, before moving to Christmas Island where she studied a myriad of amazing animals, and returned to reef surveys once more. She has recently returned from completing her DM whilst in Tofo, Mozambique, studying whale sharks and turtles, and helping with a new reef check program for the Mozambican coastline as part of a research team for All Out Africa.
Jodi started with Reef Check Australia as a volunteer Project Officer and enjoys working with the team as a volunteer Project Officer. She was recently awarded a placement in the Vodafone World of Difference program and will spend the next year working with us on new ways to engage community members in reef monitoring, education and conservation.
Annie Bauer, GBR Surveyor Coordinator
Annie graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. She spent the last year of her degree studying abroad in Brisbane at the University of Queensland, where she began volunteering with Reef Check as a Project Officer. After returning to her California home, she began to work as a biologist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife where she collected data to help determine the impact on local fish populations from recreational fishing. She has recently returned to Australia to obtain her Masters of Science degree in tropical marine ecology and fisheries biology at James Cook University in Townsville. She is very excited to be back in Australia and back with the Reef Check team.
Our 2013 SEQ Project Officers
Andrew graduated from the University of Glasgow and spent the last 4 years working in the venture capital industry in London when he made the decision to dedicate himself to his true passion and take an active role in marine conservation. After moving to Australia in February this year, he completed his DM in June and, in addition to volunteering at the Cairns Zoo, regularly volunteers on local diving boats, where he loves sharing his passion for the marine world with open water students and certified divers alike. Andrew is a real enthusiast and when he is not diving on the Great Barrier Reef, he self studies marine ecology and climate change. He is very excited to be part of Reef Check Australia and looks forward to working with this year's volunteers.
Candice graduated from the University of Victoria in Canada with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. She spent a large extent of her degree on the west coast of Vancouver Island studying the biology and ecology of marine mammals. Candice recently volunteered with Blue Ventures in Belize for three months participating in data collection of coral, fish and invertebrates to monitor reef health on the Belize Barrier Reef. She has come to Australia seeking an opportunity to help protect and further her knowledge of the world's oceans and reefs through site monitoring, community conservation, and leading volunteers as a project officer in the 2013 SEQ survey season.
Vanessa’s passion for diving and marine conservation started in 2009, when she worked for two years with Reef Check Dominican Republic, helping transform an overfished marine protected area into a sustainable eco tourist destination through reef health monitoring, increased public awareness, education and community involvement. She’s participated in underwater environmental impact assessments to inform development plans in Haiti and assisted in coral propagation and population enhancement projects in the Caribbean.
She moved to Australia in 2011 to follow her passion, and is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Griffith University. Vanessa became a Reef Check Australia volunteer in 2011 and has since then participated in numerous surveys. After completing her DM in 2012 and working as an intern with us, she has now taken on the role of Project Officer to further her understanding of marine issues and how she can combine education and science for ocean and coral reef conservation.
Our Office Volunteers
David Glover, Dive Officer
David is our part-time Dive Officer. He has been training Reef Check volunteers since 2007 and worked with RCA founder, Jos Hill and SEQ Survey Coordinator, Kris Boody to help establish the Reef Check program in South East Queensland. He has worked at the University of the Sunshine Coast for 9 years. As the Techinical Officer and Dive Officer for the University, David is responsible for supporting the delivery of the Faculty's academic programs and research initiatives, providing technical services and support in teaching laboratories and boating/diving fieldwork and supervising all diving operations within USC as Diving Officer. David is also currently enrolled in a marine-based PhD titled: "Biophysical change in freshwater streams and climate change". His diverse experience in marine surveys, coral recruitment studies of natural and artificial reefs allow him to provide excellent guidance on safe and scientifically valid procedures for Reef Check.
Alex Lea, Team Leader
Alex graduated from the University of St Andrews, Scotland with a BSc Hons in Marine Biology, where her thesis was a literature review of coral reefs and the impact of climate change. She then moved to Australia to complete a Masters in Environmental Management at the University of Queensland. Alex has also been involved in several marine conservation projects in Fiji and is an active member of the University of Queensland Dive Club.
Alex started with Reef Check Australia as a volunteer Project Officer and now assists with survey planning, volunteer training and scientific reports.
Jody Kreuger, Dive Officer
Jody is a PADI, DAN & SSI Dive Instructor with Commercial Scientific Diving experience. He holds a degree in Ecology and Environmental Science from the Queensland University of Technology, and presently works as an Environmental Consultant in Brisbane. Jody's work experience has included a wide range of marine research and conservation activities including whale, dolphin, dugong & shark monitoring projects in Qld and NT, reef fish surveys on the GBR, coral and seagrass monitoring projects within the GBR and sea water and marine sediment monitoring in the Arabian Gulf.
Jody spent over a decade supervising diving & boating activities and was the diving officer for the School of Marine Biology whilst employed at James Cook University, Townsville. It was here the Jody first became involved in ReefCheck Australia as a volunteer diver, carrying out surveys along the GBR. Jody moved to Brisbane in 2010 and became involved in the training of Scientific Divers at the University of Queensland and continued his involvement with RCA, carrying out surveys within the SEQ region. Jody is passionate about marine conservation and has a particular interest in coastal development and its impact on marine ecosystems.
Adriana Robayo, Assistant Engagement Officer
Adriana is a Marine Biologist, who graduated from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Colombia, where her thesis was in nurse shark behavior in captivity. After finishing her studies, she moved her focus to environmental projects with community engagement applications. For two years, she worked on an environmental education project to protect coastal wetlands working with an Indigenous community in La Guajira, Colombia.
In 2011, Adriana moved to Australia and complete her Masters in Environment with specialization in water resources at Griffith University and is currently undertratking a Graduate Certificate Diploma in Management through Central Queensland University.
She is volunteering with Reef Check Australia weekly to assist with the launch of the new REEFSearch program and other community outreach activities.
Michelle Triana, Graphic Designer
Michelle Triana is a "design-a-holic" who lives and breathes design. Her role is to communicate thoughts, ideas and feelings into digital expressions- no easy task! She started her career in Colombia in 2004 when she started helping local music bands promote themselves both locally and abroad. In 2007 Michelle moved to Australia to follow her dream of becoming a designer and currently works as a volunteer for Reef Check Australia assisting in the area of design. Michelle is also actively engaged with a variety of different businesses helping them improve their design processes and online presence while completing her degree in design.
Our Company Consultants
Jodi Davison, Company Treasurer
Jodi joined as Reef Check Australia's accountant in 2009 and takes care of all the everyday accounting and financial management. In 2010 Jodi agreed to join the Board as Company Treasurer further fulfilling Reef Check Australia's financial and accounting needs. She has a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Economics and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.
Krystal Stubbs, Company Secretary
Krystal joined Reef Check Australia as Company Secretary in September 2008 and now acts as one of the Company's named representatives on legal documents as well as maintaining the company records. She also practises as a lawyer at Ross Lawyers in Townsville. Her specialities include general commercial law, company law, property law and wills and estates. This means she can ensure that Reef Check Australia complies with relevant legislation and regulations, as well as keeping the board members informed of their legal responsibilities.
Krystal has always had a keen interest in environmental conservation and chose environmental law and environmental studies while completing a Bachelor of Laws degree at James Cook University (Australia). Becoming a PADI certified open water diver in 2008, Krystal hopes to further her scuba diving skills by getting more dives under her belt and completing the PADI Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver courses before joining the Reef Check Australia training course so that she can become more actively involved in helping monitor the reef.