Volunteer in Marine Conservation Philippines

Meet the team

Dr. Sara Fowell
Lead Researcher

Equally at home in the sea and in the lab, Sara is a scuba instructor by day and a lab rat by night. With a PhD in isotope geochemistry and a MRes in ocean science she is a natural leader of research activities. While smart, Sara has a odd fascination with creepy crawlies. She insists on living in the staff house that has the most of them, because someone has to take one for the team. Thanks Sara.

Jon Baines
Project officer, liaison and fund raising

Having worked with and for several NGOs in diving and marine conservation Jon finally ended up on land trying to protect forests and help people. He loves the complexity and broad reach of conservation and to make sure both the environment and the people are protected. Besides being instrumental to fund raising efforts, Jon also works tirelessly as a liaison officer to government agencies and ensures our partnerships are succesful.

Raffy Casiñares
Dive Technician, Dive team leader
Raffy our technician at work

Born in Palawan, Raffy our service technician ensures the safe running of the dive operation. He services all MCP scuba gear and air delivery systems, and there is nothing he cannot fix. Raffy frequently lends his aid to municipal efforts on MPA infrastructure, and as an accomplished divemaster and tec diver he ensures adequate safety for these deep demanding dives.

Aoibheann G. Mules
Volunteer Manager, Instructor
scuba instructor Aoibhean

Aoibheann (pronounced E-Fin) is a very experienced PADI Scuba Instructor with a marine science background. As volunteer manager, she is the first person new volunteers meet, and the last they say goodbye to. Together with her colleague Daniel, she leads the divemaster training at MCP, and works as a Green Fins assessor with local dive centres, advising them on sustainable and sound diving practises.

Daniel Lovborg
Lead instructor

An engineer by background and a technical diver, Daniel heads the MCP instructional team. Having previously worked in commercial dive operations around the world, Daniel now uses his talents to facilitate the training of volunteer divers at MCP camp. Besides teaching, Daniel is heavily involved with designing and updating the scuba program and dive program of MCP.

Laura Schram
Planning Officer and Instructor

Laura meticulously plan and schedule activities at MCP and in the community, to ensure the entire operation runs smoothly. Besides having the grand overview, Laura is a PADI instructor, and with a smile from ear to ear, she takes a key role in teaching scientific survey methodologies to new volunteers. Laura captains one of our dive teams and is heavily involved in data processing and analysis together with Ashley.

Ashley Carreiro
Staff biologist, Diving Safety Officer

A marine biologist, a member of AAUS and a PADI scuba instructor. Ashley is the architect of our scientific survey activities, and is the reason why our monitoring protocols have been so successful and adopted by government agencies. When she’s not busy in the water or at the screen analyzing data, she corresponds with our academic interns, and handles mentoring and guiding of interns on site.

Helle D. Larsen
Logistics Manager, Accounting & HR

With a professional background in education and extensive experience in diving and hospitality management, nothing goes on at base without Helle somehow having a hand in it. Helle handles logistics and accounting and manages local staff and our maintenance team. Together with Soren she manages the base.

Soren Knudsen
Program Manager
Exiting the water

A passionate educator and technical dive instructor, Soren has worked in the trenches and behind the scenes of the scuba industry around the World. Soren generally handles outwards communication at MCP, and if he’s not diving, you’ll find him behind the screen of the laptop he always lugs around. Soren is one of the founders of MCP.