WHO WE ARE...
Meet our wonderful team of hardworking, enthusiastic and motivated volunteers who strive to help to conserve and protect our oceans through outreach and citizen science.
Meg - Chair and Founder of FMC
"I founded the marine group due to my passion for the oceans and what it holds and how conservation can support and protect these places. Conservation starts at home. Working in the local area, with a small, committed group of people will enable us to produce some good science, with relatable results. It is vital, now more than ever, to get everyone involved in helping protect our ocean for future generations. I hope with the awareness raised, data gathered, and litter removed from our beaches, that the Falmouth Marine Conservation group can contribute to the global marine crisis by taking action on a local scale".
Anna Tomlin - Seaquest Coordinator
"As a Conservation Biology & Ecology student at the University of Exeter, I’m keen to raise awareness of the issues affecting our oceans and help preserve biodiversity. As Seaquest Coordinator for FMC I hope to engage people with our local marine wildlife here in Cornwall by recording cetaceans and pinnipeds in the Falmouth Bay area. I think inspiring and educating people about our marine environment is the best way to protect it and surveying for marine megafauna off the coast of Falmouth shows people the incredible wildlife right on our doorstep".
Chris Sharpe - Pacific Oyster Coordinator
"My involvement in FMC over the last three years has been mainly as the lead for the Pacific Oyster monitoring project. My roles also include liaison with Plastic Free Falmouth, Committee and helping to steer FMC through these crazy lockdown times. Always in, on, or under the water since a nipper, I am delighted now to be able to weave together my joy of the marine world, with some purpose".
Emily Gilford - Admin
"I am a BSc Zoology and MSc Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology graduate from the University of Exeter and enjoy scientific communication and spending time out in nature. I work full-time for the University of Exeter, assisting with online learning and student engagement, and in my free time am an environmental editor and writer for Bloom in Doom Magazine and have previously written for BBC Wildlife Magazine. I am part of the admin team at FMC, and love reading through your emails about wildlife sightings and volunteering with us! I have previously worked at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and love seeing the wildlife photos from FMC's followers on our social medias".
Maddy Simmonds - Admin
"I am a Zoology graduate from the University of Exeter and am passionate about all aspects of nature and wildlife. I love being by the sea in Cornwall and I am keen get more involved with marine conservation and supporting local conservation groups, so it was a winning combination to volunteer with FMC! I am part of the admin team so look forward to hearing from you! In addition to having admin experience from previous roles I have worked in a zoo as a research student and also have a keen interest in science communication which I channel through writing for a couple of environmental/conservation websites inluding Conservation Careers and Bloom in Doom magazine".
Harry Mackay - Oyster Assistant
"I moved down to Cornwall to get some experience in conservation in what I see as England’s wildest county. I joined FMC, CSGRT and BDMLR, and have loved seeing the fruits of our efforts to make a difference. I studied Politics and Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, and want a career in policy. I think that if those creating conservation policy today had experience of what it takes on-the-ground, like the experience available at FMC, policy would be more informed and more successful across the board".
Isabelle Watt - Outreach
"Marine conservation has been a key part of my life after witnessing the extent of coral reef bleaching in the Indian Ocean. Ever since I have volunteered in marine conservation efforts with the Beach Clean Project, FMC and 2 Minute Beach Clean to do my part in conserving our marine ecosystems and beautiful coastlines. When I came to Cornwall for university I fell in love with the stunning coastlines and passion for the ocean that people here have. Being part of FMC has given me so many opportunities and a platform to help educate the next generation of marine conservationists".
Sophie Armitage - Outreach
"I have always had a love for our beautiful marine environment, and love spending as much of my spare time as possible exploring to Cornish coast, either through paddleborading or sea swimming! I am currenly a Zoology student at Exeter University, which I am hoping will lead me towards a career in marine research and conservation. I think it is so important to spread awareness about our fascinating oceans and the issues they face, which is why I am so happy to be apart of the amazing FMC team!"
Hannah Brown - Outreach
"Being a second year Geography student at the University of Exeter, I have seen the extent to which human activity is impacting our environment. Seeing and understanding how are actions are having a global impact woke me up driving me to help out in any way I could which led me to FMC. I have always been an outdoorsy person emabarking on several DofE expeditions along with many coastal and sea swimming adventures all across Cornwall. I think educating others on any little way they can help is so important and one of the best ways we will be able to make a change globally!"
Erin Sheffield - Social media
"I’ve always loved the natural world and our oceans in particular. I’m undertaking a degree in Marine and Natural History Photography, and I love to scuba-dive in our local Cornish waters and discover the life hidden in the rocky shores with an underwater camera in hand! I’m also an artist and paint wildlife in my spare time. As social media coordinator, I love sharing images and info on the wonders of the seas with the public. I’m also passionate about inspiring future generations, and love volunteering with FMC’s education and outreach team!"
Steph Fincham - Web editor
"I grew up 40 minutes away from the North Norfolk coast, home to the largest chalk reef! This is where I spent much of my time - rockpooling, body boarding and kayaking. I loved getting in the sea and finding wacky looking species endemic to the reef. It was here after I realised marine conservation is what I’d like to pursue. After this I went to Fiji to dive with bull sharks then studied Marine Conservation here in Cornwall. Living by the sea is the best decision I’ve made. Having the chance to rockpool and find species I have never seen before fascinates me and the ability to get in the sea everyday to either snorkel, freedive, surf or swim makes me appreciate the marine species and environment even further. Volunteering for FMC as their web editor is a very exciting job, it’s great to get involved in a community who are all so passionate about spreading awareness about our oceans".