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 Little Cayman.
Director of Operations
Peter has worked around the tropics as the dive and watersports manager for a resort in the Maldives through to running a small Eco Resort in Mozambique. A certified PADI IDC Staff Instructor Peter has a love of the ocean and conservation. Working with Off The Grid solutions is a passion.
Operations and Administrative Manager
Solène arrived from France in January 2016. As she loves the sea, she started diving in Brittany at the age of 17. Next then she has travelled to warmer waters at La Reunion to study Tropical Ecosystems, earning a Masters Degree in Biodiversity and Sustainable Development. While working with the NGO of Mauritius, she studied the ecological, biological and socio-economic aspects of the South-West region of the island for marine conservation planning. She received her diving certifications both through her studies and while volunteering in the Indian ocean. She pursued a degree in management and accounting to broaden her skills and further her career by focusing on financing for NGOs. Soon missing the sea, she went straight after this to work as a Dive Instructor in Europe. Now at CCMI, she can now use all her assets, managing accounting and contributing to scientific fieldwork as an experience research diver.
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!).
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
Tom joined CCMI at the end of 2014 as Education and Programme Coordinator. Tom learnt to dive in Scotland at the young age of 11, sparking his love for all things marine. After completing his BSc in Marine Biology and Oceanography in Newcastle, UK, Tom ventured to Cambodia and the Philippines to conduct coral reef surveys and educate local communities. He returned to the UK to complete his MSc in Tropical Coastal Management, whilst securing a research grant to travel to Bonaire, Caribbean to investigate fish relationships with coral reef complexity at night. Tom uses his experience, passion and creativity to communicate the wonders of the ocean to elementary, high school and university students.
Education and Outreach Instructor
Katie has recently come to us here on Little Cayman from Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she was a Research Assistant in the Coral Reef Restoration, Assessment, and Monitoring Lab at Nova Southeastern University working towards an MSc degree in Coastal Zone Management and Marine Biology. She brings with her over seven years of AAUS scientific diving, research, and marine ecology field experience. Katie has been fortunate enough to work for several marine conservation organizations including Mote Marine Labs-Tropical Research Center, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Research Institute, and the CIEE Research Station in Bonaire. While she highly values the field of research, Katie has since discovered her true passion of public outreach and education. During her time here at CCMI she hopes to gain valuable knowledge and experience in teaching a broad spectrum of the marine sciences to students of all ages.
Drew joined the CCMI research staff team in May of 2016 after completing his B.S. in Marine Science/Biology at the University of Miami. Originally from North Carolina, Drew has always had a passion for the ocean and marine life. Drew was a participant in the 2015 CCMI REU program, an experience that allowed him to further develop the research skills needed to successfully conduct field work and analyze scientific data. Currently, Drew's primary focus is on assisting Dr. Allison Candelmo with projects related to invasive lionfish in the waters surrounding Little Cayman. Drew is also heavily involved in the coral nursery work going on at CCMI, and helps to lead various education groups that CCMI hosts. Drew feels most at home either on a boat or beneath the waves, and is excited to be involved in the research being conducted at CCMI on the beautiful island of Little Cayman.
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