Frogfish and fishing nets

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
What I've found since working in the field of Marine Biology is that no matter how well you plan your day, it never quite goes exactly to plan. Whether it's frantically running back to your room to get changed and then racing back to the beach to snorkel with the mantas that rocked up on the house reef; meeting guests in front of their villas after receiving a call from them to let you know they've found a couple of turtle hatchling on the beach; or untangling ghost fishing nets and towing them back to shore, there's always something that takes you off task. But, at least it's these things that make life a little more interesting, and remind you why you're doing what you're doing.

Curbing Our Plastic Addiction

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

So following on from my post last week with some shocking facts about the number of plastic bottles we get through each year I thought I would share a little of my journey to consuming less plastic and producing less waste. For much of my life, I think, like most people, I was pretty sheltered (ignorant) from the problem, not really having much reason to think too much about it. Growing up we always recycled what we could, my Grandparents are avid gardeners so I knew about composting and how it was a way to use some of your food waste to put beneficial nutrients back into the soil. It wasn't until I went off to uni to study Conservation Biology and Ecology that I started to understand the impact of our waste better. I started making a few little changes here and there and looking at all those swaps I've made over the last few years I can clearly see all the areas of my life that I've been able to eradicate single-use plastic.

Plastics in Paradise

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Postcard-perfect, pristine beaches

I live in a country that many would see as paradise. As a marine biologist managing a reef restoration programme I spend the vast majority of my time in the ocean. For me it was perfect, the ocean is my happy place, the place that I feel most at home, that takes away all my cares and worries and brings me to a place of absolute peace. However, seeing the coral reefs surrounding the island I call home, on a daily basis you start to notice things. Managing a reef restoration project my eyes were finely tuned to the health of the reef, I have learnt to see the slight changes in the colours of the coral that could indicate bleaching, the telltale signs of the voracious coral predator, the Crown of Thorns starfish and the feeding scars of a small coral eating sea snail. Unfortunately, these three issues are not the only ones facing our oceans. 

A little slice of paradise...

Saturday, January 26, 2019
This is the little slice of Maldivian paradise that I am currently calling home.


Welcome to my little corner of the internet. This blog has been sitting idle for the last few years, but I think now is finally the time for it to come alive.

You can currently find me working in the Maldives,