Dismas Ayuya (Feb – May 2017) is currently an intern at CORDIO-East Africa, and is providing support to both the fishery and coral reef programs. At the moment he mainly focuses on exploratory data analysis, updating coral bleaching and mortality observation maps, as well as assisting bleaching surveys in Mombasa Marine Park and Kuruwitu community conservation area.
Dismas graduated from Kenyatta University in 2014 with a BSc in Coastal and marine resource management. He had a prior internship with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Kiunga. In KWS, he worked under the science for active management (SAM) programme with responsibilities on coral and sea grass monitoring, education and awareness, as well as maintenance of databases. In WWF, he was mainly involved in sea turtle conservation, village banking service, ecological monitoring and BMUs fisheries education. Dismas is motivated to use this experience with CORDIO to improve his analytical skills as well as develop his knowledge on coral reef fisheries research.
Jack Coupland (Mid-current 2015) is an international intern at CORDIO. He is currently working on the collation of multiple datasets on coral reef resilience for the Western Indian Ocean region. He is a graduate of Zoology BSc from the University of Exeter and has since worked at research stations in Southern Africa, the Caribbean and Europe, studying a wide variety of fauna. He has experience at conducting underwater surveys in coral reef environments and is very keen to improve his knowledge on mitigating the effects climate change has on coral reefs, as well as expanding his skills on data processing and statistical analysis in R-computing.
Josphat Gachoki Nguu (Early to mid – 2014) is a fourth year student from Kenyatta University, Mombasa Campus. He is pursuing a BSc in Coastal and Marine Resource Management. Josphat works under the coral reefs programme on the coral species database, setting it up on Scratchpads and establishing a publication-flow related to his Undergraduate thesis project. He has a keen interest in gaining skills in developing research design for coral reef surveys, coral reef data analysis, coral reef management, and GIS. He is proficient in water quality assessment, fish breeding, data collection and analysis and coral community identification.
Hashim Omar Said (Late – 2014) is a fourth year student at Pwani University, Department of Environmental Sciences. He joins CORDIO under the Fish and Fisheries programme with a keen interest to improving his skills and gain some valuable experiences in the Marine environment. He completed a BSc dissertation on human wildlife conflict mitigation measures assessment: the case of Shimba Hills National Reserve Kenya. He is a team player, result oriented and adaptive to change. He is proficient in MS office suite, administering questionnaires and has additional training in climate vulnerability, capability and biodiversity assessment. He has great interest in swimming, Shotokan karate, team building and networking.
Emma R. Bush (early 2013) is a volunteer international intern at CORDIO, joining us to study the extent of mosquito net fishing and its role in the livelihoods of artisanal fisher communities along the Kenyan coast. She is currently studying for an MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College University, London and is particularly interested in sustainable natural resource use and the cross over between conservation and development in lower income countries. Emma likes spending most of her free time outdoors, climbing, swimming, surfing and hiking.