Meet Our Team

Our marine educators are so passionate about what they do, they can’t wait to visit you soon.

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Richard Coward – Director of Education

Richard’s incredible passion for the marine environment and his vibrant personality allow him to educate and inspire children and adults to care for the ocean and its inhabitants.

Richard has extensive experience managing exhibits in local and overseas aquariums, working with sharks, seals, penguins, turtles, sea jellies, fish, octopus and invertebrates to name a few.  He has been involved in research projects such as buoyancy syndrome turtle research, shark research and breeding programs as well as whale rescue.

Richard’s knowledge has been reported on the Totally Wild television series and various news broadcasts.  As a father of three children he enjoys the fascination sea animals bring to young minds.

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Tracey Coward – Business Manager

Tracey is proud to be a part of nurturing young environmental leaders of tomorrow.  She manages HR, finance and marketing.  A couple of her most rewarding moments have been successful grant applications for the Ocean to Outback roadshow and winning the Sunshine Coast business awards for education and training.

Tracey and Richard have lived on the Sunshine Coast for over 30 years and have three school-aged children all sharing a love for animals and the natural environment. Tracey has a Master of Business Administration.

“Our vision is to create enjoyment and awareness of the Marine Environment at an early age, imprinting a sense of ownership and protectiveness that can be carried with them into the future as responsible adults, all of which is vital for our future sustainability.”

 

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Alex is passionate about the natural world.  Her devotion to the ocean began on family holidays snorkelling in the Whitsundays and continues with her desire to travel all around Australia and explore every inch of the coastline.

She studied Marine Biology and Zoology at the University of Queensland and is now completing a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management to further continue her education and commitment to the environment.

Alex enjoys educating and engaging future generations about the importance of conservation to encourage interest and intrigue about the unique nature around us. On a side note- she also hopes to one day swim with whale sharks!

 

13043227_10153546252692215_8605168774390158936_nRachel – Marine Educator

Rachel loves the ocean and tries to spend every spare moment near it, on it or under it!  Her passion for marine life has seen her work on conservation projects in far flung corners of the world.

Rachel’s favourite animals are corals and sharks and she has worked in many areas including coral disease monitoring, coral reef surveying, whale shark monitoring, invasive species management and coral nurseries.  Rachel is also a dive instructor and spends her weekends diving on North Stradbroke Island.

“I have a firm belief that education is the key to conservation. As the saying goes: we conserve only what we love, we love only what we understand, and we understand only what we are taught. Science needs to be more accessible to the general public. By educating and creating understanding and love for the ocean we can instil a sense of environmental responsibility and create ocean ambassadors to help to conserve our precious marine eco-systems.”

 

 

Tif photo_resized_321x290Tiff – Marine Educator

Tiff has always loved animals. When she was little she was going to be a dolphin trainer!

After studying Marine Biology and Zoology at the University of Queensland, she decided to use her passion for animal behaviour as a Guide Dog Trainer here in Queensland.

Tiff loves being able to use the marine side of her studies, and says that her favourite thing about working for Ocean Life Education is sharing her passion for marine animals and conservation.

“Seeing the enjoyment and excitement of the children and groups we present to, is the most rewarding part”.

 

our-team-meaghanMeaghan – Marine Educator

Meaghan is a scientist by trade, adventurer at heart and natural wonder of the world enthusiast!

Meaghan holds bachelor and postgraduate qualifications in science and biotechnology and is currently completing a PhD in molecular biology science with a team working on a Crown-of-Thorns Starfish project to combat the population outbreak crisis on the Great Barrier Reef.

“I feel a great sense of responsibility for the environment and nature. My work with Ocean Life Education to inspire and educate children about the ocean, marine life and human impact is extremely rewarding. I am constantly surprised by the intelligence and knowledge our upcoming generation have at such a young age and believe in the power of science communication and education to evoke positive change”

 

Leigh – Marine Educator  

‘Leigh’s love for the ocean started at a very young age, growing up by the sea in the UK. Being a big traveller she has been lucky enough to snorkel in some amazing places around the world but says the Great Barrier Reef is her favourite spot to see marine life.

Leigh followed her love of the natural world and completed a BSc in Ecology & Conservation/Wildlife Biology. She has be lucky enough to work in numerous research projects both in the UK and Africa, including a remote research station in Tanzania. She also had the pleasure of teaching local village children about the natural world that they live in and the importance of protecting it.

Leigh loves adventure and once drove around the coast of Africa. She is one to never miss a chance to get up close and personal to the animals and found herself face-to-face with Great White Sharks whilst cage diving in South Africa.

She now shares her passion of nature and travel with her young family and has recently returned from a trip to Lady Elliot Island where they had a close encounter with a very friendly Cowtail Ray, a place she describes as Heaven on Earth!’


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