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.
Grace & Lucy on Reef Guru's first contract (Nicaragua, 2016)
Lucy Fisher, B.Sc
Lucy became specialised in coral reef ecology, conservation and education through working as a Science Officer on a number of volunteer based coral research and conservation programs, including Coral Cay Conservation, Operation Wallacea and Reef Doctor. Lucy also spent time at Bimini Biological Field Station working on a number of shark research projects.
Grace Phillips, B.Sc
BSAC Dive Leader
Grace has over a decade of experience in biological research and conservation. The first 5 years predominantly focused on studying animals in tropical marine ecosystems and this work has taken her around the world from the South Pacific to the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. During this time, she has utilised a wide range of research techniques with a focus on conservation ecology. Predominantly, she has been involved in research to study the spatial and temporal movements and habitat usage of a range of megafauna species, from cartilaginous fish to marine reptiles, with a view to the conservation implications of these species.
Grace has also spent considerable time working on coral research and community involvement in marine conservation in remote areas in the South Pacific, as well as coral restoration in the Indian Ocean and Caribbean.
Following this, Grace made a base in Pacific Canada and moved in to working in salmonid research and conservation and the monitoring of anadromous and resident fish communities in coastal waterways, including working for the Government of Canada and top Canadian environmental consulting companies.
Now focusing on Reef Guru, Grace is inspired to combine her marine biology background with her experiences of instructing in dive centres to assist and facilitate dive centres globally to operate small-scale coral restoration projects.
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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.