‘Doctor David’ is still getting used to his new title, but he is the Whale Shark Monitoring Programme leader and Chairman of the MCSS. Having lived in the Seychelles for over 23 years, running the country’s largest diving centre with his partner Glynis, David was one of the founders of MCSS and established the Whale Shark Monitoring Programme in 1996 and has been running it ever since. Besides being a PADI Master Instructor, David is a well published scientist and collaborates with many internationally renowned researchers; he has recently completed his PhD on the whale sharks here in
Elke is the MCSS Research Officer and she manages the running of the various MCSS programmes. Since 2004 her main focus has been the MCSS Turtle Monitoring Programme involving an intensive beach survey regime as well as a satellite tagging programme. Elke has also worked on the Whale Shark Programme and helped develop the data management routines.Katie Brooks:
Katie is the Whale Shark Programme Intern Co-ordinator and one of the two Team Leaders. This is Katie’s third whale shark season working with MCSS in the
Luke is the second Whale Shark Programme Team Leader and has previously lived and worked in the
In the coming weeks the team of seven interns and Anna Westling, an MSc. student researcher, will be arriving and we will introduce them and their activities during the two week training and work-up phase as the season gets under way.