Volunteer in Marine Conservation Philippines

Meet the team

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 and fund raiser

After travelling for some years to gather experience 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. Driving around to meet stakeholders Jon spends a lot of time on his motorbike.

Raffy Casiñares
Technician, Dive team leader
Raffy, scuba technician

Born and raised in Palawan, Raffy our service technician and divemaster has found a spot at MCP. He loves to fix things. Anything that needs a helping hand, he’s the guy for the job. With vision like his, he can also spot any little critter hiding underwater. Raffy is the undisputed master of making big, big bonfires!

Aoibheann G. Mules
Volunteer manager, Instructor
scuba instructor Aoibhean

Aoibheann (pronounced E-Fin) is a passionate PADI Scuba Instructor with a marine science background. She moved to the Philippines a few years ago and fell in love with the country. She loves to see people smile especially by introducing them to the underwater realm.

Daniel Lovborg
Scuba instructor

An engineer by background and a big marine life and dive enthusiast, Daniel has joined the MCP instructor team. Having previously worked in commercial dive operations around the world, Daniel has now found his spot working with marine conservation in the informal atmosphere at MCP camp.

Laura Schram
Biology teacher, Instructor

Laura originally did her divemaster training at MCP, fell in love with the place and has stayed ever since. With a smile from ear to ear, Laura is a frogfish aficionado extraordinaire and takes a key role in teaching scientific survey methodologies to new volunteers. Laura captains one of our dive teams, and is also frequently involved with check out dives for new volunteers.

Ashley Carreiro
Staff biologist, DSO

Ashley is a marine biologist, a member of AAUS and a PADI scuba instructor on the side. Together with Annelies she is the architect of our surveys activities. When she’s not busy in the water or at the screen she’s exercising in the gym or scratching her head over the logistics of where all our survey teams are heading next week.

Helle D. Larsen
Logistics Manager

With experience from diving and hospitality management, nothing goes on at base without Helle somehow having a hand in it. Helle has a background in teaching and is always quick to laugh. She has no business playing a guitar, but sadly noone ever told her. Together with Soren she manages the base.

Annelies Andringa
Education and science Officer

Annelies is a tropical ecologist and a teacher of teachers. She has written a wealth of educational material and specializes in environmental education. A surgeon-like steady hand has ensured her many a Jenga victory and if she challenges you to a game for the dishes you might as well put on the apron.

Soren Knudsen
Program Manager
Exiting the water

A passionate scuba educator and tec diver, Soren has worked in the trenches and behind the scenes of the scuba industry around the World. He’s extremely pleased to be living in a hilltop bamboo hut and be considered a fish-hugging hippie. If he’s not in the water, you’ll find him near the coffee stand with the laptop he always lugs around.