Coral Communities Team

Mark Bryant

Mark BryantMark Bryant has been working with IFEES/EcoIslam for the past decade and more recently has been doing so in the area of Project Deployment. At COP22 in Marrakesh Nov. 2017, Mark has represented IFEES/EcoIslam on an ‘Interfaith Oceans’ panel discussion.  Mark is currently the development officer for the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK in Cardiff University. The Islam UK Centre is a research centre with an emphasis on sociological and anthropological methodologies to shed a light on the everyday lived lives of Muslims Living in Britain.

As a young Scuba Diving Instructor in South Africa, Mark worked with the Oceanographic Research Institute in Durban assisting Professor Michael Schleyer with his work on the coral reefs of the area. Mark also works as the Eco-Consultant for the Children’s Eco Village in Tanzania where is involved in all areas of developing environmentally sustainable projects for the village and the local community. 



Louisa Evans

Louisa EvansLouisa is a lecturer in Environment and Sustainability at the University of Exeter (UK) having joined as an Advanced Research Fellow in 2014. This followed two years working for WorldFish (Malaysia), four years working for the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Australia) and a PhD at the University of East Anglia (UK) in Environment and International Development with fieldwork in Kenya and Zanzibar.
Louisa’s research investigates the agents, processes and structures of environmental governance and sustainable development, primarily but not exclusively in coastal and marine systems. The research aims to explain procedural and social outcomes (participation, resilience, wellbeing), and identify opportunities for improvement. Louisa’s research is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on sustainability science, development studies and management science to integrate concepts of rights, participation, collective action, policy change and wellbeing into emerging theories of resilience and transformation. It is also often participatory in research design and methods. In previous projects, Louisa has developed participatory approaches to resilience diagnosis and scenario planning that have enabled in-depth and collaborative research into the multiple dimensions of risk, vulnerability and resilience, which incorporates and goes beyond a concern for climate change.
Louisa has led and collaborated on over ten research projects globally, working across Australia, East Africa, South-east Asia, the Pacific and the UK. Most notably she led the Tanzania component of an EU-funded action research project on Ecosystem Approaches to Management in Small-scale Tropical Fisheries, and is currently engaged in a WIOMSA MASMA project with colleagues from Tanzania and Kenya on small pelagic fisheries impacts under climate change. 


Caroline Hattam

Caroline HattamCaroline is a Senior Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), where she has worked for the past nine years. Her main area of research is in the assessment and valuation of the benefits people get from the marine environment and how these assessments can be applied to marine management. She uses mixed methods in her work including economic techniques, subjective well-being measures, qualitative assessments and deliberative methods and is now branching out into the use of visual methods. She is particularly interested in how these methods can be improved and used to complement each other. In addition, Caroline undertakes research exploring the social, economic and well-being impacts of changes in the marine environment resulting from, for example, marine protected areas (MPAs), offshore wind farms and ocean acidification.

Caroline has played a lead role in many UK focused projects (e.g. leading the socio-economics component of the UK Ocean Acidification Programme and understanding the well-being impacts of offshore wind farms for The Crown Estate) and international projects (e.g. EU FP7 Vectors, European Commission funded project on the economic benefits of MPAs). She now leads the Coral Communities project and a project in Malaysia exploring the potential for community management in mangrove fisheries.

Caroline has a PhD in Agricultural and Food Economics and before joining PML she worked in the UK and overseas in different capacities (academic, NGO and UN agency). She regularly leads and participates in engagement activities with stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds (from subsistence farmers and fishermen to the public, students, academics, resource managers and policy makers). 


Tara Hooper

Tara HooperTara’s work in marine science and conservation began in 1995 with cetacean research projects in New Zealand, Canada and Mexico, and she spent five years on the Mauritian island of Rodrigues managing a broader marine research and education initiative. This latter project focused on the establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), including engagement with local stakeholders and the national Government as well as monitoring the ecological status of the MPAs before and after designation. She organised an international conference to consider the regional perspective on MPAs in the Western Indian Ocean, and a workshop on socio-economic considerations related to the establishment of an MPA in the British Indian Ocean Territory. She has produced a number of education resources related to MPAs, including non-technical descriptions of UK Marine Conservation Zone features for the JNCC, as well as information and activities for children and young people. Recently, she has focussed on the environmental and social impacts of marine renewable energy in the North Sea and wider North East Atlantic, considering in particular the artificial reef effects of energy infrastructure and its potential to support benthic communities and fish stocks. This work has included engagement with the marine renewable energy industry, regulators and planning authorities, and the general public, and she has regularly led and supported the implementation of focus groups, surveys and interviews. 


Andy Hughes

Andy HughesAndy supports various non-profits and NGO’s including Surfers Against Sewage (UK) and the Plastic Pollution Coalition (Los Angeles) as an affiliate artist. His work has been featured in various broadcast and print media including the BBC, National Geographic and the Guardian Environment.

His methodology utilises both analogue and digital photography, encouraging viewers to question the nature of materiality in relationship to waste. Organising waste and processes of bricolage have an important role in the functioning of human society, it is essential to innovation, organisational resilience and survival. He is interested in radical conceptions of materialism and the implications this has for politics, ecology and the everyday way we think of others, the world, and ourselves. Hughes believes artists can leverage change through their practice by exploring the effects of climate change, human activity and other processes of change.

Hughes grew up in Castleford, a coal mining town devastated by both political change and shifting energy concerns. He studied fine art and learned to surf whilst at art school before gaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, London. In 1995 he moved to Cornwall as the first artist in residence at the Tate Gallery St. Ives. For over twenty-five years his work has explored the littoral zone and the politics of plastic waste. His book Dominant Wave Theory includes essays by world leading scientists and marks this exploration.

Hughes has exhibited internationally and various works are in public and private collections such as the United States National Maritime Museum. In 2013 he travelled to Alaska as one of three international artists and scientists including the writer and ecologist Carl Safina. Gyre: The Plastic Ocean was a world first, a unique project exploring the integration of science and art to interpret the issue of marine plastic pollution. 

Fazlun Khalid

Fazlun KhalidFazlun has a worldwide reputation as an indefatigable advocate of environmental protection rooted in religious traditions and is now recognised as one of fifteen leading eco theologians in the world. He appeared on the Independent on Sunday list of the top 100 environmentalists in the UK in 2008 and is also listed amongst the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan. He founded the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences which is now established as the world’s leading Islamic environmental NGO. He was the convenor of the Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change which was launched in Istanbul in August 2015.  


Karyn Morrissey

Karyn MorrisseyAn economist by background that specializes in the science-policy-industry interface, Dr. Karyn Morrissey is a senior lecturer in the European Centre for Environment and Human Health in the University of Exeter. Her book ‘The Economics of the Marine: Modelling Natural Resources’ has just been published by Rowman & Littlefield (2017).

Karyn completed her Ph.D. entitled ‘Access to Health Care Services in Rural Ireland’ in 2008 with the School of Geography, University of Leeds and the Rural Economic Research Centre, Teagasc.

Karyn is interested in the science-policy interface and in January 2009, she undertook a research role at the Social Economic Marine Research Unit in NUI, Galway where she produced the first economic valuation of Ireland’s ocean economy in 2010. This report provided the baseline estimates for Ireland’s current marine strategy, ‘Harnessing our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland’. More recent research involved a report on the ‘Economic Study of the Job Creation Potential for Ireland’s Maritime Cluster, IMERC’ and a report on the ‘Future of MSP and Ocean monitoring: What potential for Economic Tools and Satellite Technology’ for the OECD.

Karyn has published 37 publications in peer reviewed international journals ranging from developing an appropriate method for analyzing the ocean economy, to input-output tables of the Irish marine economy. She has been a rapporteur for an OECD Workshop on the Future of Maritime Spatial Planning and Ocean Monitoring. She was an invited speaker at the Second Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster Annual Conference in Cork in 2013, and an invited keynote speaker at the National Ocean Forum in Mauritius in 2012.

Karyn is membership secretary of the British and Irish Regional Science Association, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics and Marine Policy. 


Jason Parsons

Jason ParsonsJason is a university student studying for a Foundation Degree in Photography and Digital Imaging at Truro College in Cornwall. His work focusses on the ever changing flux of the contemporary English landscape. Jason’s interest in this area comes from his childhood. He was brought up in the rural countryside of Cornwall. His passion for photography began whilst studying for an Extended Diploma in Media Studies.

As well as being a photography student, Jason is developing his academic skills sets in conjunction with practical and theoretical moving image concerns. Jason also has an interest in technology, working with computers and keeping up-to-date with the latest technology, primarily in areas such as computing, photography and gaming.

In the future, Jason would like to work on similar projects like Coral Communities. He is interested in working in countries as a photographer and film maker whilst integrating himself within different communities. Jason’s ambition is to become a full-time higher education lecturer in photography or he would like to establish his own publishing business.

Jason is developing his understanding of resilience in the context of stability. Since joining Coral Communities Jason has been learning about Mauritius and its fishing communities. He hopes to learn and understand more about resilience, the reefs, and Mauritius whilst in the country with its people. 


Ali Thani

Ali ThaniWith particular interest in sustainable coastal resources management and community capacity building, Ali was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania and has been working in a range of institutions from Government, International NGOs to local NGOs including CARE International in Tanzania and World Wide fund for Nature. Ali has over 30 years’ experience in a varied capacities in collaborative natural resources management, capacity building, communication and awareness, cultural ethics and conservation. He is a co-author in writing a guide book for Islamic environmental conservation, beach management unit guidelines, training facilitation in community marine resources conservation, management planning, climate change, livelihood development, natural resources governance, advocacy and participatory video.
Ali has also participated in number of national and international works and presentation and consultancies work such as Multi-stakeholder consultation on an anti-dynamite campaign over the entire coast of Tanzania; Assessment and priority setting for marine and coastal resource conservation in the Pemba Channel Region, scoping assignment in Pemba and Tanga with recommendations for future project design; Community Governance and Fishery Performance Diagnostics (2013) in Mombasa Kenya
As a Country Coordinator for Mwambao Coastal Community Network since 2010. In developing social and ecological resilience focusing to coral reef resilience to our communities, we are working to improve the capacity of coastal communities to sustainably manage their natural resources to improve their livelihood through the following strategies:

  • Support community in sustainable octopus management through establishment of temporary closure that helps to recover coral reefs area and increasing catch.
  • Facilitate participatory monitoring and data analysis for better understanding of reef productivity and status to the community.
  • Support participatory resources mapping and demarcation for effective reef management.
  • Partnering with fishers institution in Zanzibar to increase their reef resource base by creating new artificial reefs using cement reef balls.
  • Mwambao is helping the community to collect dynamite blast records and testimonials from coastal areas that can help to put the practice into context and identify what is needed to curb this harmful activity to our coral reef.
  • Use of participatory video in enabling community voice & advocacy – about key coastal management issues and to advocate for rights.
  • Provide a coastal communications platform – for sharing best practices and building skills and knowledge. Share best practices about marine resources management as an element social and ecological resilience including the coral reefs. 

Susanne Turrall

Susie Turrall has over 20 years of experience working in international development. She has an interdisciplinary technical background of social and economic analysis in international development, with degrees in Social Anthropology and Agricultural Economics. The linkages between climate change and poverty have been a key focus in recent years, with field work in Asia-Pacific. She has worked within monitoring and evaluation for over 12 years including M&E systems design, monitoring, independent evaluations and providing consultancy support. She is a strong facilitator and has supported other organisations in their planning and reporting. She has hands-on experience in the field, as well as advisory and management work. She is the founder of Indeva Consulting ( 


Dominica Williamson

Dominica WilliamsonDominica is an artist working in the field of multidisciplinary design and sustainability. Self-initiated projects concern the landscape she grew up in (Cornwall), and deal with the political and technical nature of open data, in particular computer code, flora and perceptual data. Clients are primarily more-than-profit or non-profit based and have a focus on sustainability at their core.

Through an interdisciplinary approach, Dominica seeks to push boundaries and create projects that will have a lasting, positive impact on people and the natural environment. Her areas of expertise are concept and design development, as well as drawing, painting, model making and community workshopping. She is most inspired when working outside, and when looking at how communities view landscape and cope with change. This is leading to work that is producing visual ethnographic research – it amalgamates an arts-based embodied (holistic) methodology with more traditional open-ended qualitative questions. New materialism is a strong aspect of this eco-phenomenological approach.

Recently she was a Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence at Plymouth University, where she is still working with a Geographer to map and draw the lived sensory experience of landscape. She is combining the idea of ‘landscape character’ drawing and making models with community groups to determine map data.

In the past she worked for Green Map System in New York, an organization that has engaged over 900 communities in 65 countries in mapping green living, nature and culture resources. After this experience she gained a Masters in Digital Futures, which helped her return to her coast. The final project was published in 2009 in Rethinking Maps: New Frontiers in Cartographic Theory, London: Routledge. Her foundation is a First Class Honours degree from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she learned to create process-based, collaborative work whilst searching for sustainable tools. @ ecogeographers #tagscape 


Kathy Young

Kathy YoungKathy is the Managing Director of Reef Conservation (Mauritius) a coastal and marine conservation NGO. She has over 12 years’ experience in developing and implementing marine conservation, environmental education and community projects. She started her career in Trinidad and Tobago, where she was part of the ecological team on a collaborative research project looking at trade-offs between users of Marine Protected Areas. This encouraged her to pursue a career in marine ecology and sparked her interest in stakeholder involvement and co-management arrangements for sustainable use of marine resources.

Kathy joined Reef Conservation in 2009 as a project manager where she and her project team have been and still are developing and implementing Voluntary Marine Conservation Areas with coastal communities; a project fostering community stewardship and stakeholder participation for marine protection and sustainable use practices.

As Managing Director, she fosters relationships and partnerships with community leaders, government, private sector, regional and international institutions. She is responsible for the direction and development of all programme areas and projects including;

  • National Operator for Eco Schools in Mauritius and Rodrigues
  • Reef’s mobile classroom “BisLamer” an integral part of the education and outreach programmes
  • Reef’s ongoing ecosystem monitoring programme under the VMCA project which has expanded to include coral bleaching monitoring and research projects looking at Population control of the crown of thorns star fish and Participatory surveys for the identification of endemics species of reef fish and coral.
  • Reef’s Certified Marine Ecoguide and Marine Foundation Courses
  • Reef’s education centre and support lab “Nauticaz” 

She sits on a number of national committees including the National Coral Reef Task Force and the UNDP-GEF-Mainstreaming Biodiversity Project committees and represents Reef Conservation at local and international workshops and conferences such as the 2016 Our Ocean’s Conference in Washington DC. 
Through the development of these relationships and the raising of funds I have been instrumental in the development of a marine resource centre and mini laboratory, a marine mobile education unit, establishment of voluntary marine conservation areas, coral reef research and monitoring, as well as the development of education and communication materials and tools on coastal and marine biodiversity, MPAs, climate change and adaptation measures. 
She is a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and is involved in the development of all of Reef’s projects