Presently working at / for RSEC fieldstation Dahab:
 
  Nina Milton  

MSc Biologist Nina Milton

Manager RSEC Fieldstation Dahab

Nina Milton is with RSEC since February 2008. She is supervising our volunteers and scientific guests during their stay and work in Dahab. She is also conducting most of our marine biological courses. She has a MSc degree in marine biology from the University of Oslo (Norway). In 2005 she carried out fieldwork for her Master thesis on coral reefs outside Hurghada city coast where she looked at damage to hard corals by snorkelers.

 

Email: nina.milton(at)redsea-ec.org

 

 
  Anna Diem  

Anna Diem

Assistentin RSEC Dahab

Hi, I am Anna, from Austria, and I work for RSEC as a research assistant. I finished my international master in biodiversity and conservation at the University of Ghent, Belgium, and took this opportunity at RSEC to extend my knowledge about tropical coral reefs in beautiful Egypt. After an intensive 3 weeks’ training, where I learned all about local coral reefs and their diseases, local fauna (especially fish and invertebrates) and how to distinguish all these species I can actually start with my job: I will use this gained knowledge to provide assistance when groups of students from different universities will come and assist, guide or partially teach them during their stay. My tasks include for instance guiding the students when they go snorkelling, or, after I finished my divemaster (which I will do here at Sinai Divers at the same time too), assisting and/or guiding them when they go diving. Furthermore, I will take care of “daily business” tasks too, like responding to emails, managing the students’ houses and simply assist whenever help is needed.

Email: anna.diem(at)redsea-ec.org

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  Käthe Robert  

Käthe Robert

Hi everyone! My name is Käthe. I’m a 22 year old biology student from the University of Antwerp, in Belgium. One of my hobbies is scuba diving (2* CMAS) and I’ve visited Dahab in February 2017 for the first time during a fun dive holiday. In October starts my last master year in the specialization ‘Biodiversity, Conservation and Restoration’ and since I had to do a conservation internship at an external organization, it seemed a great idea to combine work with pleasure and apply for the 3 week Dahab Reef Monitoring Project II 2018 at the RSEC. Afterwards I have to write a report about what I’ve learned and done during this internship. It is amazing to learn about such an interesting topics, contribute to international research and obtain a marine biology fieldwork experience (and Reef Check Eco diver certification) at the same time! I definitely enjoyed my time here in Dahab!

 

 
  Nauras Daraghmeh  

Nauras Daraghmeh

Hey fellow marine science buffs, Reef Ckeck divers, fans of warm waters teeming with fish and all other ocean nerds out there. I am Nauras, 28, from Dresden, Germany. My educational background differs a little bit from the one you might expect a marine science scholar to have. Earlier this year I achieved my diploma degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. However, the field of marine biology, especially concerning tropical latitudes, has been my true passion for quite some time now and I will commence a Bachelor course in Biology starting this fall, followed by a Master course in Tropical Marine Ecology. I was fortunate enough to be able to already write my diploma thesis on such a topic, namely the environmental impacts of maritime traffic on coral reef ecosystems.
I have been participating in RSEC’s Winter Academy earlier this year, diving Dahab’s reefs and being trained as a Reef Check EcoDiver. So I applied for the International Year of the Reef 2018 scholarship granted by Mare Mundi/RSEC and was lucky enough to become this year’s scholar. I’ll be staying in Dahab for 6 weeks, taking part in the Dahab Reef Monitoring performed twice a year. Besides participating in the regular surveys, my main task will be to analyze underwater images of 2m x 2m squares of reef substrate taken 10 years ago. Additionally, during the next weeks I will take photos at the same spots, analyze them as well and compare the reef substrate data to the data from 10 years ago. By doing so, we will be able to figure out if and how coral cover and substrate composition (hard or soft coral, algae etc.) have changed and if coral mortality, bleaching or diseases and recovery from them have possibly occurred.
During the coming weeks you will regularly hear from me and my experiences with my fellow participants here in Dahab on RSEC’s Facebook and web page. I will keep you posted on my work and findings and try to illustrate everything as best as I can by uploading pictures of our activities. But please do not expect videos or other fancy media material – the internet in Dahab is a nightmare and I will probably not be able to upload such things, sorry.

See you soon

(your very proud scholar) Nauras

 
  Helen Schroeter  

Helen Schroeter

Hi there, I'm Helen from Germany currently doing a Master's course in Nature conservation and Ecology, aiming to specialise in tropical marine ecosystems and conservation. Participating in the Dahab Reef Monitoring Project gave me the perfect opportunity to learn about tropical reef ecosystems, underwater field work, as well as diving in general. It's a stunning world below the surface and I'm extremely grateful that I got to experience its beauty and diversity. At the same time, monitoring coral reefs will confront you with the fact that these precious and vulnerable ecosystems are facing major threats to their existence by over-exploitation, unsustainable tourism, and environmental changes. How things will pan out for all of us in the near future will greatly depend on our ingenuity and creativity to solve the ongoing environmental challenges and I salute the whole RSEC team for their great contribution, as well as the Sinai Divers staff for fascilitating our dives. Can't wait to be back!

 
  Chantal Visser  

Chantal Visser

Hi ! I’m Chantal, 21 years old and your typical Dutchie (try and say ‘Schevenings beschuitje met hagelslag’ ). I have been combining my studies with a few of my biggest hobby. I love nature, diving and, of course, the marine world. Therefore, I made the choice to study Biology (Bsc) with a focus on marine biology at Utrecht University. Through my university I ended up at the project RSEC is running for volunteers. Last year, I also went to a volunteering project at a NGO in Mauritius where we mainly focused on the connection with the locals (a lot of income is derived from fishing) and creating VMCA’s (Voluntary Marine Conservation Area’s). This extra volunteering work is to get some practical experience between the theoretical learning. Both that work and the project here really spiked my interest in the interactions between animals and substrate presence in the coral reefs and the dynamics of (tropical) ecosystems. I really liked my work over here because it may be significant for my future career view that I have at the moment. Of course, first I have to finish my bachelors but after that I want to do a master study that is also focused on marine biology. I really enjoyed my work and dives here and I hope that I have the time to come back some day !

 
  Christopher Weik  

Christopher Weik

My name is Christopher Weik, I‘m 18 years old, so I just graduated from Grammar school in Weilheim, a small town near Munich. I was looking for an adventure and travel and tried to combine that with environmental work. In the end it was my brother who showed me this program. All in all I’ll be spending 9 weeks in Dahab having a good time, meeting new people and maybe even finding out what I want to do with my life. Although I’m thinking of going into the direction of engineering I still enjoy doing the surveys and learning about the marine life. I’ve also always been interested in diving and seeing the underwater world, for which Dahab is a very good place to start.