The world needs more conservationists

Our oceans — under greater pressure than ever before — need champions. Dedicated people who will monitor threats and raise the alarm. Creative people who will find new ways to protect these threatened species and ecosystems. Practical people who will work with governments and communities to make fisheries sustainable. Outspoken people who will raise their voices for change. Project Seahorse is empowering the next generation of scientists, conservationists, and advocates to stand up for our oceans.  

Iain Caldwell/Project Seahorse

Iain Caldwell/Project Seahorse


An interdisciplinary approach

Since 1996, we have trained over 175 professional conservationists. Our interdisciplinary approach to conservation brings together professional scientists, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and volunteers with backgrounds ranging from anthropology to zoology and many disciplines in between.





Number of professional conservationists we've trained since 1996


Citizen scientists and citizen conservationists recruited through our iSeahorse program


Primary research papers on seahorses and conservation published by our team


Over the years we’ve seen our team members build impressive, influential careers in conservation. In addition to their important work at Project Seahorse, they make a difference as scientists, policymakers, and advocates all over the world.

Through our new citizen science program, we're expanding the reach of our education work. Every year we recruit and train hundreds of people — most of them non-scientists — as citizen scientists and citizen conservationists. They are helping to increase our knowledge of seahorses and shallow seas, and push for new protections.



"Project Seahorses encouraged me to ask the big questions and make
my research relevant to real-world problems."

In her work with London's Natural History Museum, alumna Dr. Lucy Woodall (PhD '09) discovered that microplastic pollution from discarded bottles and other consumer products is a major problem in our deep seas. She's working to mobilize the U.K. government and public on the issue. 


"Scientists aren't the only experts. We need to listen to the people who do the fishing, too."

Current PhD student Xiong Zhang is mapping Chinese seahorse populations and the threats they face from overfishing and habitat loss. His work will inform fisheries policy and the creation of new marine protected areas, which are still relatively rare in China.


"I’m not a scientist… but I can give the support with my video and I do care about those creatures more now."

Diver Nedia Coutinho spotted the first seahorse in Canadian waters in more than a decade. Through our citizen science program, she brought her important discovery to the attention of the world.


“Too much research is conducted in isolation, far removed from everyday reality. Project Seahorse is about bridging that gap.” 

Alumnus Dr. Nick Hill (PhD '11) is managing Net-Works, ZSL's innovative conservation program that turns discarded fishing nets into sustainable carpet tiles. Net-Works provides an alternative source of income for fishing communities in the Philippines.   


"My time with Project Seahorse confirmed my commitment to conservation and environmental advocacy."

Former research assistant Shaun Goho works as a staff attorney at Harvard Law School's Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, where he tackles some of today's most pressing environmental challenges.


Our current students

As of September 2015, we have ten students working in seven countries on a wide range of projects, from seahorses and small-scale fishers to invertebrates and marine protected areas. Find out more about their projects and how you can support our work.