Juliana Lopez Angarita Ph.D.
Founding Director & Principle Scientist
My work focuses on the interaction between ecological social and cultural characteristics of coastal communities, using social-ecological models to assess resilience and the effectiveness of MPAs. I hold a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of York, and am a former fellow of the Smithsonian Institution, Conservation Leadership Programme, the WWF Russell E Train Education for Nature Program, and the Schlumberg Faculty for the Future. I am probably best known best for my musical collaboration with Colombian champeta star Charles King to protect parrotfish in the Caribbean. My current research explores the link between mangroves and fisheries productivity in the tropical eastern Pacific.
Alex Tilley Ph.D.
Founding Director & Principle Scientist
I am a scientist with WorldFish, working on resilient small-scale fisheries in Timor-Leste and Cambodia. I am interested in how fisheries can most effectively combat under-nutrition and enhance livelihoods in developing countries. I have worked in marine conservation and fisheries for ~13 years in the Caribbean, East Africa, tropical eastern Pacific, and Southeast Asia. In former lives I have been a dive master, safari lodge manager, whale shark spotter, and research station manager on a coral atoll – as well as lots of other more boring jobs.
Juan Felipe Caro Rodríguez
Juan Felipe Caro Rodríguez is a Colombian illustrator and graphic designer based at Amberlight Partners in London. His work includes storyboarding, visual scribbling for meetings and focus groups and graphic facilitation for ideation and co-creation workshops.He also works as a freelance illustrator and across interdisciplinary projects that merge illustration with product and graphic design and is cofounder of the collaborative group cup of 3 design which works actively within the creative sector as a full design agency.”Pipe” is the creative advisor of Talking Oceans, having illustrated all our logos and posters, and making our work look as good as it should!
Melany Villate M.Sc.
Melany is a Colombian marine biologist specialising in molecular ecology and conservation genetics of tropical shark species. Her particular interests lay in the evolution of different feeding habits in sharks, the migratory patterns and connectivity among whale shark populations. Melany is one of our sawfish researchers, soon to be scouring the tropical eastern Pacific in search of evidence of their current distribution. After that she will begin her PhD research at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in collaboration with the zoological state collection of Munich.
Juan Camilo Cubillos M.Sc.
Juan is a biologist with a Masters in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. His previous work has varied between ecological implications of mercury in Amazonian freshwater food webs to the distribution of planktonic species in the western North Sea. His current focus utilises the combination of molecular and ecological techniques to provide insights into animal distribution, migration and population structure in marine ecosystems. The second half of our Sawfish research team, Juan will soon be tracking through the TEP after which he will start his PhD research as part of Dr. Prof. Herwig Stibor lab in Aquatic ecology at the University of Munich.
Nathan Truelove Ph.D.
“Nate” is a biologist dedicated to finding scientific and community based solutions to the numerous challenges involved in biodiversity conservation. He is a postdoctoral research fellow based at the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, a founding member of Talking Oceans, and is our go-to genomics expert. His research integrates local monitoring, population genomics and biophysical modelling.He currently exploring connectivity between widely dispersing spiny lobster and queen conch populations of the Caribbean to help clarify the appropriate scales of management.