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.
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.
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.
dr. Sonia Bejarano
Coral Reef Scientist
Sonia has a PhD. from Exeter University and completed a Postdoc with the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab (MSEL) in Queensland Australia, led by Professor Peter Mumby. Sonia's research interests focus on understanding the sources of variability of herbivory on coral reefs with the ultimate goal of describing spatial patterns of reef resilience. Sonia expects that this information can be incorporated into the design of smart fishery policies and reef management decisions. Having just joined CCMI on Little Cayman, Sonia is now looking forward to actively support the existing CCMI goals and projects, as well as to develop new research lines that address coral reef issues of local and regional relevance.
Ph.D. student/CCMI Research Fellow & Lab Manager
Project topic: Climate and Coral Reef Stress- Ocean Acidification
Emma is an award-winning student scientist from the UK, completing her PhD with Essex University. Instead of completing her PhD in the luxury of a UK lab, she has opted to work in the field with CCMI, bringing us a wealth of experience and ideas.
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 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.
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 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 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.
Education and Programme Coordinator
A born and bred New Zealander she completed her Master’s degree in Marine Biology at the end of 2009 studying the effects of environment on marine sponges in New Zealand and Indonesia. Heather has participated in volunteer conservation work in the Ecuadorian Amazon and on the shores of Costa Rica protecting breeding turtle species. In 2011/2012 Heather was employed at the Phllipines’ Coral Cay Conservation as the Education Officer, teaching in schools about coral reef protection, running environmental events, conducting Marine Protected Area surveys, and working with local communities.
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.
Sam is Little Cayman’s newest Canadian and CCMI’s reef research intern. 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 team.