Meet the team
Serena is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor & SSI Assistant Instructor Trainer with over 500 certifications. She has been working in diving for the last 10 years, 6 of those directly involved in marine conservation, with a focus on marine megafauna and elasmobranchs. She spent 2 years working in at the world’s greatest shark dive in Fiji and she worked on BRUV research in the Beqa Lagoon. She’s also a talented underwater photographer and is completing her masters degree through the University of Edinburgh. .
Pascal comes from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, and completed his masters degree at James Cook University in Australia in 2015 with a focus on coral and bryozoan taxonomy. He has 3 published papers and has successfully identified 3 new species of bryozoans during his studies. He is a dive instructor with over 5 years dive experience in the Penida MPA. He plans to use the research at Indo Ocean Project to form his thesis for his PHD.
Michaela grew up in Slovakia but spent 14 years working in a corporate setting in Ireland before leaving it all behind to focus on a career in conservation and diving. She has traveled the world as a recreational diver and moved to Indonesia to complete her Divemaster program with Indo Ocean Project. She is one of our first Divemaster Trainee’s and was hired on full time as program coordinator. She is here to help with any of your needs around the project and co-ordinates the Bamboo travel groups.
Community Outreach Manager and Penida Project Program Coordinator
Arya comes from our very own Nusa Penida island and has been working alongside IOP as a Dive Guide in Penida’s waters for more than 2 years. He is one of the founding members of the CorAlliance project and is Pascal’s right hand man. You cant miss Arya’s enormous smile and he is always happy to help you learn Bahasa in exchange for practicing his English!