Meet our new Marine Biologist – Holly

Where are you from?

I’m from England.

When did you first become interested in marine life?

Well I have always been intrigued but I would say during my first year of University my intrigue expanded into fascination, as so much of it is undiscovered. This growing interest lead me to volunteer on a dolphin project in Croatia, in which I fell in love with the beach and the associated marine live. This theme continued when I spent 8 weeks in Greece working on a nesting turtle project.


Is this your first time in the Maldives?

Yes, and it’s the furthest I have ever travelled on my own.

What is your favourite animal and why?

Otters and turtles, but mainly otters, they are really adorable! Both of these animals are keystone species so they are imperative to the ecosystems which they are a part of, which makes them even more incredible.

Have you worked with turtles before?

YES! I spent 8 weeks in Kefalonia, Greece, protecting loggerhead sea turtle nests and making sure the hatchlings got to sea safely, I even wrote my dissertation on them!

What are you most excited about over the next year?

I am really excited to learn so much more about marine life, particularly the turtles! I still can’t believe I will be seeing a turtle every day for the next year.


What are you going to miss most about home?

My mom, just because when I am living at home I spend a lot of time with her, we make eachother laugh and I wish she could experience everything with me.

What is your dream job?

This; I would love to set up my own conservation project, but before that can happen I need to build on my degree by gaining real-life experience. Right now, this is my dream job.

What is your favourite movie right now?

Oh my gosh, it is a very hard question, but I am going to go with Fantastic Beasts, because I love Harry Potter. The most recent film in the Harry Potter universe is about the conservation of magical creatures and the main character is called Newt, what is not to love?!

How are you finding Naifaru and Atoll Volunteers so far?

I am loving it, I love the island, in our first week we saw Manta Rays, and I am frequently asking myself ‘How is this my life?’. I feel very lucky to be here, and the island is a great place to be, I am happy to call it my home for the year.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your CV alone?

People probably wouldn’t guess that I am really into musical theatre, I love show tunes! I am a vegetarian, trying to be vegan, but not this year! I used to do gymnastic competitions when I was younger, and could do a roundoff flick.

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  1. A great experience to include in your CV.

    Hopefully this is the start of many travels exploring the wonders of the world.

    Planet Earth is so big and we know so little. Enjoy every second x

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