We're a small team of scientists and conservationists with offices at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and the Zoological Society of London in the United Kingdom. We work all over the world, with research and conservation projects in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas.
(Banner photo: Guylian Seahorses of the World)
Amanda Vincent has a PhD in marine biology from the University of Cambridge and was Darwin Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford from 1994 to 1996. She is considered the leading authority on seahorse biology and conservation, and in 2000 was named a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation. She also serves as lead scientific advisor and chair of the seahorse working group for CITES.
Dr. Koldewey is Senior Technical Advisor at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). In 2018 she was named a National Geographic Fellow. She holds a BSc from the University of Plymouth and a PhD (Genetics) from the University of Wales, Swansea. Heather was previously the Senior Curator for Aquarium Projects at ZSL.
Scott holds degrees in Business Administration and Liberal Studies from the University of Southern California and Simon Fraser University. Prior to joining Project Seahorse, he worked for many years as a tour guide leading camping tours around North and Central America. In 2009, he moved to the Vancouver Aquarium to lead its AquaVan community outreach education program, and later to work in its development office.
Sarah's research and conservation work spans the areas of trade and bycatch - specifically the listing of marine species on the international trade convention CITES, and the issue of small fish species in bycatch. Sarah recently obtained her PhD from UBC. Her thesis examined bycatch in tropical shrimp fisheries, which are believed to be a major cause of population decline in many species, including seahorses. She has a BSc and an MSc in marine biology from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.
In her role as iSeahorse Philippines coordinator, Chai manages outreach and communications for iSeahorse in the Philippines. She received a BSc in marine biology from Mindanao State University-Illigan Institute of Technology, where she studied the community structures of reef fishes. Before joining Project Seahorse, she was a coastal resource management trainer for the United States Peace Corps in the Philippines.
PROJECTS: iSeahorse (Philippines)
Lindsay is a field investigator for Project Seahorse's work supporting the Thailand Department of Fisheries to implement CITES recommendations. Her research interests include detection rates, occupancy modelling, and geospatial analysis, specifically to address seahorse conservation, threats and management. As a Fulbright Scholar, she brings over seven years of marine biology research and international experience to Project Seahorse. Prior to joining the team, she worked in Brazil to identify microhabitat preferences of the longsnout seahorse (H. reidi). Lindsay holds an MSc. in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University, a BSc. from Georgetown University, and a PhD from UBC.
RESEARCH PROJECT: From Poor Data to Good Policy (Thailand)
Gina joined Project Seahorse in 2007, after years of working on watershed management issues with a neighbouring research group: UBC's Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Gina completed a MSc degree in Conservation and Environmental Biology at the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa). At Project Seahorse she applies her knowledge of design tools, multimedia applications, web-authoring applications, and GIS to the marine realm.
PROJECTS: Conservation Education, Trade and Policy, Sustainable Fisheries, iSeahorse
Miguel is a researcher based in Portugal and is currently studying the European seahorse species. He has been studying seahorse population trends and trying to identify threats and propose mitigation actions. He is currently looking at the effect of habitat quality on seahorse abundance through aerial and underwater monitoring, aiming to recommend important marine protected areas to local stakeholders. He has also been engaged in a successful breeding program for the European seahorse species. Miguel holds a PhD in Marine Ecology from the University of Algarve, an MSc. in Biology and Management of Marine Resources from University of Lisbon and a BSc. in Marine Biology from University of Algarve.
Kyle studies coral reef invertebrates and small, community managed marine protected areas in the Philippines. He is interested in how invertebrate communities respond to fishing as well as their roles in larger ecosystem processes. Kyle completed his BSc at the University of Guelph and has worked as an ecologist with Parks Canada studying eelgrass communities, songbirds, forest systems, bivalves and ungulates, and with Fisheries and Oceans Canada on arctic salmon and Pacific marine species vulnerability projects. He has worked globally, in Indonesia and with the Government of Grenada on marine protected area management and ecosystem monitoring projects as well as at the NGO level, working with marine resource users.
PROJECTS: Invertebrates and MPA Effectiveness (Philippines)
Dr. Sara Lourie
Sara has been involved with Project Seahorse since 1996. She has written an identification guide to the seahorses of the world based on original taxonomic research and has described several new species of seahorses, including four of the world's smallest. Her PhD focused on genetic connections among seahorses in SE Asia, and the application of biogeography to marine conservation. Post-PhD she has worked on developing a set of Marine Ecoregions of the World in collaboration with scientists from the The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund and others, and is also a contributing author to a textbook on conservation biogeography. She is currently a research associate and lecturer at the Redpath Museum at McGill University.
PROJECTS: Seahorse Conservation
At Project Seahorse, Lily provides technical and biological support to iseahorse and the IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish & Seadragon Specialist Group. Lily holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Victoria and an MSc in Biology from Acadia University. Focusing on conservation genetics, her master’s thesis examined the population genetic structure, taxonomy, and phylogeography of freshwater mussels in Atlantic Canada. Prior to joining Project Seahorse, Lily worked as Invertebrate Research Biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and was involved in developing survey protocols, researching life history characteristics, identifying threats, and implementing the conservation management of aquatic species at risk.
Tanvi is studying shallow seas conservation in India’s Gulf of Mannar. She is interested in marine conservation and coastal resource management, with a focus on marine protected areas. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and a Master’s degree in Marine Sciences and Marine Affairs from. Her work has focused on integrated coastal zone management in India, and on the impact of climate change on marine resources.
Lucy is a conservation geneticist, and is interested in using the analysis of DNA to answer ecological questions. She completed a PhD entitled ‘Population genetics and mating systems of European Seahorses, Hippocampus guttulatus and Hippocampus hippocampus' from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research involved diving in over 30 locations across Europe and as well as studies at Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Lucy continues work with European Seahorses and in marine conservation.
PROJECTS: Seahorse Conservation
Xiong is doing his postdoctoral research at Project Seahorse, focusing on marine fishery policy analysis. His research goal is supporting China to ban her massive and destructive bottom trawls, threatening seahorses and many alike, based on data and insights drawn from China’s fisheries history of the past seven decades. He received his PhD degree (Zoology, supervised by Dr. Amanda Vincent) from The University of British Columbia in February 2019. During this PhD study, Xiong pioneered techniques in identifying suitable habitats, threat patterns, and priority habitats for global seahorses. Before joining Project Seahorse, Xiong received his Bachelor and Master degrees from China.