Rebecca Daniel, MSc | Director & Co-Founder
Becca has just completed a Masters in Tropical Marine Biology, after graduating from Durham with a BSc in Biological Sciences. She learnt to dive when she was just aged 10, and has never looked back. Her specialisation is marine conservation but she has an interest in most areas of marine biology. As well as diving, Becca loves to travel and is a keen photographer.
Mads St Claire, MSc | Founder
Mads is a 22 year old Tropical Marine Biologist, native to the UK. Scientist by training but communicator by nature, she's a writer, photographer, divemaster and all round adventurer. Oh, and if you hadn't noticed, she is completely obsessed with the ocean. Mads holds a BSc with Honours in Biological Sciences and an MSc in Tropical Marine Biology. Her most recent research focussed on the impacts of anthropogenic noise on coral reef fish.
Millie Rose, BSc | Blog Manager
Millie is a recent biology graduate from Oxford university with a passion for diving, travelling and all things to do with the ocean. Millie’s main interest is marine animal behaviour, after studying the behaviour of cleaner shrimp for her research thesis. A qualified divemaster, she has dived all over the world and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon!
Tabea Heimbach, MSc | Social Media Manager
Currently based in Portugal, Tabea spends a lot of time in and by the sea. She holds a BSc in Marine Biology and a MSc in Marine Microbiology, with her research focussing on the effects of climate change on marine invertebrates and the role marine microbes play in the carbon cycle. Even though she is aware of the challenges the world is facing, she chooses to be an optimist and believes that micro-actions can lead to big changes!
Elyssa Quinton, BSc | Social Media Assistant
Elyssa is currently travelling the world by yacht and working with a variety of charities and organisations, co-ordinating a variety of marine workshops, ocean sampling and conservational tasks along the way. She has witnessed oceans plagued with plastic, hooks and lines engorging marine life, and coral bleaching to the extent of no return. She has made it her duty to share the immediate need to change our habits with the rest of the world, in the last hope to save our blue planet.
Jessie Fröde, BSc | Graphic Designer
Jessie is a full-time she-adventurer, and has been fascinated by the ocean for as long as she can remember. She didn't study a marine-science related course, but collected everything about dolphins, whales and sea animals since she is a young girl. In 2009 she completed her AOWD, and started scuba diving again recently after a gap of 8 years. Her biggest dream came true in 2018 when she swam with wild dolphins off the coast of New Zealand!
Rita Steyn, MSc
Rita is a science communicator and marine ecologist with an MSc in Biological Sciences. Her passion for all things science has taken her from her master’s degree research in Indonesia, to being a technician in Hawai’i, and then to tertiary level teaching. She is also a qualified FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) Level-1 nature guide. Rita loves to write about science and conservation issues, and she dabbles in photography, both under- and above, water.
Rose Boardman, BSc
Rose’s fascination with the ocean started at a young age. Growing up just a stones throw away from the Jurassic coastline in Dorset, she spent many days exploring the underwater world. She holds a BSc in Marine Geography and an MRes in Ocean Science. Her interests lie in fisheries ecology and species behaviour - particularly life history traits and distribution patterns. She has been very fortunate to work with a variety of species and hopes to encourage others to love them as much as she does.
Mae Dorricott, MSc
Mae has been an ocean enthusiast her whole life. Scuba diving from the age of 12, to completing a degree in marine biology, it has always been her passion to understand and be in the sea as much as possible. The pinnacle of her career so far was when she became the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society’s 2017 European Rolex Scholar. Here she was able to explore the underwater world like never before, learning from experts in the field and gaining invaluable hands-on experience for a whole year around the world!
Shawn Rykaczewski, BSc
Shawn is a Master's student at the University of Essex where he is studying Tropical Marine Biology. Originally from New Jersey, Shawn completed his BS in Biology at Rutgers University (Camden). He is a passionate conservationist and absolutely fascinated by marine ecology. In his free time, he can often be found diving, taking photos, or hiking.
Bethany Gaffey, BSc
Bethany graduated with a bachelor's degree in marine sciences from the University of Florida in 2017. When she's not busy looking good in a wetsuit, she can be found reading, watching movies, exploring the outdoors, practicing photography, napping, and petting other people's dogs. Bethany is looking forward to not only sharing her experiences with you, but also to helping you share yours
Thomas Morris, MSc
Thomas hails from South Africa, but is currently completing his PhD in New Zealand. His passion for the ocean begun when he was 8, snorkelling off the coast of Mozambique, enthralled by the sheer amount of colour and life. His current interests include marine parasites and their role in global ecosystems, playing Ultimate Frisbee and perfecting baked cheesecake recipes.
Join our team
The Marine Diaries is always looking for passionate and dedicated individuals to join our team. All open positions will be announced on our social media channels and website.
The Marine Diaries is still in the fledgling stage, and at present is not for profit. Consequently, The Marine Diaries cannot currently offer payment for any roles and the entire team currently works on a voluntary basis. This may be subject to change in the future.
Social Media Manager
Are you social media savvy? Do you have an interest in ocean conservation? Are you full of ideas, with a creative flare? If so, we want YOU!
TMD is looking for a new social media manager to run our daily operations (Instagram, Facebook & Twitter), and increase our reach and engagement.
What we’re looking for…
The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a social media role, or a genuine interest in social media and/or digital marketing. Passion for the ocean and ocean conservation is desirable.
What you’ll be doing…
Schedule weekly content
Interact on all channels
Run our Facebook groups
Ready to apply? Download our application form below and send it along with your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you live and breathe the ocean? Are you currently studying or have you studied a marine science to university level? Do you want to make your voice heard? Well look no further - this could be the perfect opportunity for you…
We’re looking for new members to join the The Marine Diaries’ editorial team!
What we’re looking for…
Passion for the ocean and desire to make change
Outgoing, friendly and a team player
Past or present study of a marine science at university level
Strong writer with a keen eye for detail
An innovative thinker with a creative flair
The goal is to provide educational, informative and engaging content
What you’ll be doing…
Producing monthly content for the TMD website
Writing, editing & proofreading blogs and interviews
Using templates to create graphics in Adobe Spark
Sourcing external authors & interviewees
Networking within the ocean community
Promoting TMD and ocean conservation
Ready to apply? Download our application form below and send it along with your CV, and an original piece of writing to email@example.com