Dr. Carrie Manfrino

President and Director of Research & Conservation

Carrie founded CCMI in 1998 and has since built CCMI around her dream of sustaining biodiversity through research, education and conservation. As a professor of oceanography, Carrie has dedicated over 12 years to marine research in LittleCayman.



Rob Hedges

Director of Operations & Field Station Manager

Rob has a degree in Coastal Marine Biology and a wealth of experience as an operations manager.  The Little Cayman Research Centre is a complex operation and Rob is responsible for its upkeep, smooth running, booking and staffing. He is also a qualified diving instructor and EFR instructor.



Kate Pellow

Director of Development & Communications

Kate has a degree in social policy & international studies and a MSC in sustainable development at Exeter University. Kate has worked for 10 years in marketing in the UK private sector, 5 of those years at a senior level. She is also a qualified diving instructor.



Katie Lohr

Conservation Coordinator

Katie has an M.P.S. in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Since qualifying, Katie has become an integral part of the CCMI research team, with her broad field research experience and an intimate knowledge of lionfish and coral restoration.


Pauline Simpson

Programmes Coordinator

Pauline has now been volunteering for CCMI for 5 years. She has a degree in Geology with Oceanography and has worked in  marine science research all her life, specialising in the field of data and information, yet her talents cover many aspects of her volunteer role. Pauline provides invaluable support for the enrollment, fundraising and administration within CCMI.

Lowell Forbes

Boat Captain and Maintenance

Lowell has been with CCMI for over 5 years and is a talented boat captain and diver. A resident of Little Cayman for over 15 years, his experience both in the water and out is invaluable to CCMI. Lowell is also responsible for helping to keep the LCRC maintained (which is no easy feat on this small island!).



Sue Thomas

Admin Assistant

Sue joined our team in 2011, but we are wondering how we coped before! Sue has PA and administration experience from around the world, in a plethora of industries. Her rich background ensures she keeps us all on our toes.

Emily Lopez


Emily is the heart and soul of the Little Cayman Research Centre, as many of our staff and visitors will testify! Her importance is simple to explain: She provides excellent quality Caymanian cooking for groups of all sizes.




Jade arch

Marketing Coordinator

Caymanian born Jade joined the CCMI team in late 2012 as Marketing Coordinator. She completed her BSc. Tourism and the Environment in the UK in 2010 and returned home to the Cayman Islands, where her passion for the natural environment began. Jade has a rich background in educating primary and secondary school students in marine sustainability. Her knowledge of the Cayman Islands environment and academic background ensures she can effectively communicate CCMI’s mission and projects clearly to a wide range of stakeholders. Jade is based in Grand Cayman where she coordinates our membership programmes, and education and outreach events.




Reef Research Assistant & Lab Manager

Happy to have relocated from Canada, Sam joins our team as research assistant and lab manger . Her Masters of Marine Management from Dalhousie University investigated the need and potential for innovative coral monitoring techniques, relating to Sam’s overall passion for improving the effectiveness of coral reef management. Sam has worked with research stations in Bermuda and Australia and is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, bringing technical savvy and practical focus to the new wet lab and the LCRC.


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Education and Programme Coordinator

Tom joined CCMI at the beginning of 2013 as Education and Programme Coordinator. After receiving his BSc in Biology at Emory University in 2011, Tom travelled to Australia, where he worked in a variety of positions from rehabilitating injured marsupials, to Divemaster work on sailboats and dive vessels, to assisting researchers in marine and terrestrial conservation efforts. In 2013 Tom moved to Madagascar, where he worked with researchers and undergraduates to create a baseline monitoring program for the coral reefs of Nosy Be in the North-West. Tom uses his wide experience base to transmit his passion for science and the environment to student groups from kindergarden straight up through undergraduate.