Clare’s affinity for the ocean comes as a surprise to some people. She spent her childhood exploring forests and streams in her native Minnesota in the USA, far from the tide pools and ocean creatures that usually draw people to the ocean. But soon after her first scuba dives in the shallow waters of the Caribbean, she realised that salt water was indeed the cure for anything.
Before her starter career as a scuba instructor, Clare completed a Bachelor’s degree in business and economics at Colorado College in the USA. She then went on to teach diving in Thailand and the Philippines before moving to Mozambique to embark on a research project studying bull sharks and later tiger sharks. While working as a shark research assistant, Clare also conducted research on the sustainable financing of marine protected areas in southern Mozambique, which earned her a Master’s degree in commerce from Rhodes University. Her current research interests include marine protected areas, conservation finance and migration and behavioural patterns of seabirds.
Ryan and Clare joined the D’Arros Research Centre in 2016 in the position of lab managers. As a team, they have been involved in research projects in dynamic environments from the Philippines to Mozambique. By applying their combined skills, they help the D’Arros Research Centre further its position as a regional centre for research excellence