Who are Reef Guru?
Reef Guru was co-founded in 2016 by two English marine biologists, Grace Phillips & Lucy Fisher. Both Grace & Lucy have a deep connection with the ocean that goes beyond simply enjoying being in the environment, to focusing their lives on improving our species' connection with the ocean and the organisms which inhabit it.
Lucy & Grace first met a decade ago at the University of Plymouth, UK, where they both studied for a degree in marine biology. After graduating, both jumped head first into the world of marine research, gathering an enormous amount of experience and knowledge in a range of applications.
Lucy Fisher, B.Sc
Director / Marine Biologist
Lucy is specialised in coral reef ecology, conservation and education. As well as a period of time spent working on shark research projects, she has spent most of her career working as a Science Officer on a number of coral research and conservation programs on various continents. Lucy's competencies include facilitating the initiation of coral restoration projects, and training interns and locals in coral restoration and maintenance methodologies and techniques. Lucy is certified as a PADI Divemaster and has been diving for 15 years.
Grace Phillips, B.Sc, R.P.Bio
Director / Marine Biologist
BSAC Dive Leader / PADI Instructor
Grace has over a decade of experience in biological research and conservation, predominantly focused on studying the conservation ecology of manta rays, sharks, and sea turtles as well as benthic and reef surveys. She is proficient in conducting coral restoration projects and training others in field techniques. Grace has a strong background in environmental consulting, with a focus on monitoring fish and fish habitat impacted by industry, including applying telemetry tracking techniques. She is also trained as a Marine Mammal Observer and has experience working for Federal Government Departments and alongside various stakeholder groups.
An avid SCUBA diver, she has been diving for 20 years in both tropical and cold water environments. She gained PADI Instructor certification level in 2016.
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The formation of Reef Guru
Having worked in remote tropical locations in countless countries around the world, both Grace & Lucy began to notice a trend - the degradation of coral reef ecosystems as a result of the pressure which humans place on the reef systems through recreational and commerical practices. They also noticed that dive facilities and resorts were perfectly situated to make a difference, they just needed a little help from experienced marine scientists.
With the wealth of knowledge they had amassed over the years, Grace and Lucy both knew they could make a difference through robust, scientific methodologies to ensure that the natural resources which many businesses rely on remain profitable for years to come.
A solution to the problem
Reef Guru have developed a series of Diver Program certifications that dive facilities worldwide can run to engage divers in coral reef restoration, generate funds for their restoration work, and help the local reefs to flourish which will continue to provide services for the facility in the decades to come.
Help the reef whilst helping your business. It couldn't make more sense! We help dive centres to be leaders in coral reef conservation, and show the world and their customers that they care about how they impact their environment! Contact us today to discuss how we can help you achieve your reef restoration goals.
True to our mission to provide education to the public about coral reefs, their importance, threats and the animals that call it home, Reef Guru have also developed a series of online Reef Education resources from kids activity bundles to educational courses.