Lauren is a research diver with the Shallow Marine Surveys Group and is currently working on both collecting data and analysing the photos from benthic transects that the SMSG and SAERI have collected. She became a scientific diver during her undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida and later as a dive instructor. Most of her research diving has been throughout Florida and the Caribbean, as well as, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. Although the Falkland Islands have been her coldest diving experience thus far, she hopes to continue her way south to Antarctica. Her research interests include marine benthic ecology, biodiversity, and marine spatial planning. Lauren is also a Wilderness First Responder and has her IYT yachtmaster limited sail ticket.
Ander arrived in the Falkland Islands in 2018 to take up a position as the project manager for the Fine Scaling of the Marine Management Area project (DPLUS071) at SAERI. With SMSG being one of the project partners, Ander quickly became involved with them in order to conduct part of his research in remote parts of the islands. He has now become part of the SMSG family and is looking forward to diving with them outside the scope of his project.
Prior to arriving in the Falklands, Ander, who is originally from Spain, has lived in various corners of the world over the last 18 years. In many of these locations, he has gotten to enjoy some amazing diving. Professionally, he completed his PhD in 2012 in South Africa focusing on the transfer of organic matter between marine and terrestrial ecosystems and how these transfers sustain complex benthic food-webs. He later conducted research on the geological evolution of Maputo Bay, Mozambique, over the last 12,000 yrs. Prior to his arrival in the Falklands, Ander was a senior lecturer and researcher at the University of Seychelles.