Welcome to the Coco family, Jade and Lisa!

To complement the beautiful underwater world of Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, we have a fun and vibrant Marine Biology team at Coco Collection. Recently, we welcomed a dynamic duo to this team and today, we want to introduce them to all of you.

Meet Jade and Lisa, two amazing ladies with much love for the marine world!

Hailing from Quebec, the only French speaking province in Canada, Jade-Alexandra Trottier joins us at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu after completing her Master of Science in Marine Environmental Management at University of York in England.

Jade taking ID pictures of Mizzi, a hawksbill turtle at Dhuni Kolhu house reef

Jade taking ID pictures of Mizzi, a hawksbill turtle at Dhuni Kolhu house reef

Looking to immerse herself in a variety of projects during her 6 months with us, Jade is extremely passionate about spreading awareness regarding the importance of the vast oceans of our world and the threats they face. Through awareness and direct action, Jade believes that we can abolish the injustices perpetuated against the oceans and the creatures that call it home.

Jade - After removing a ghost net from the house reef at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Jade – After removing a ghost net from the house reef at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

“Being able to work in Maldives, a country famous for its pristine oceans and beautiful warm weather, is a true blessing! I have always loved the ocean, feeling completely weightless and free as I explore the underwater world filled with wonder and discovery. No wonder I became a Marine Biologist, right?” says Jade, whose favourite fish is the Sheephead Parrot fish.

Jade - Gliding along with Keno, one of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu’s resident sea turtles

Jade – Gliding along with Keno, one of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu’s resident sea turtles

Over at Coco Bodu Hithi, Lisa Bauer joins our team all the way from Vienna, Austria. At the end of her 8 years of Marine Biology studies at the University of Vienna, she specialized in symbiosis, the living together of unlike organisms. In addition, she has broad knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of marine life such as sea turtles, coral reefs and various marine conservation initiatives.

Lisa at Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island

Lisa at Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island

“The reason why I decided to study marine biology in a country without access to the sea stems from pure curiosity and affection. Since my childhood, I have been most fascinated by the ocean and everything related to this vast environment. My desire to explore the unknown and to preserve what I love, led me to become a Marine Biologist.” says Lisa, who fell in love with Maldives during a brief stay in August 2014.

Lisa at the housereef of Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island

Lisa at the housereef of Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island

Lisa snorkelling with Cira Wild, one of the resident sea turtles at Coco Bodu Hithi

Lisa snorkelling with Cira Wild, one of the resident sea turtles at Coco Bodu Hithi

Alongside our resident Marine Biologist Chiara Fumagalli, both Lisa and Jade will be taking the lead in marine projects such as our Turtle and Manta Identification programs, the Shark Watch protocol as well as coral planting and reef monitoring. Apart from that, they will conduct various activities to spread awareness among guests, associates as well as the local communities of the surrounding islands.

Jade, Lisa and Chiara, even the rain can’t beat their spirit!

Jade, Lisa and Chiara, even the rain can’t beat their spirit!

With the addition of Lisa and Jade to our wonderful team, we are happy to move forward with our purpose to inspire all of you to develop true love and respect for the ocean!

If you have any questions for Jade or Lisa, let us know down below in the comments, and they’ll be more than happy to chat with you.

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One response to “Welcome to the Coco family, Jade and Lisa!

  1. Hi Jade and Lisa,
    Will you be coming back to Coco Bodu Hithi within the next week? We were hoping to see the Manta rays while we are here and we were informed you are not here at the moment.

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