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Dr. Mauvis Gore

Shark Project Leader

Mauvis is the Co-Director of Marine Conservation International. She is also an Honorary Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland and teaches at both Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh University. She is a former Senior Research Fellow at the University of London’s Marine Biological Station Millport, and former Director of Animal Conservation and Research with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. Mauvis obtained her Ph.D. from the University of West Indies, where she studied reef fishes and was involved in establishing a marine park. She has since focused on research and conservation of large animal species, in both marine and terrestrial environments.


Johanna Kohler

Shark Project Officer

Johanna Kohler is a marine biologist with research interests in shark behaviour and ecology, shark reproduction and human-shark conflict mitigation. She joined the Cayman Island Dept. of Environment (DOE) and Marine Conservation International (MCI) as Shark Project Research Officer in 2016 and is also a PhD candidate at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland. Johanna graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa majoring in Marine Biology and Oceanography in 2015. She has worked with sharks alongside leading South African shark researchers at the Two Oceans Aquarium, White Shark Africa, the South African Shark Conservancy. and Shark Spotters. As part of the SCC research team, Johanna continues to follow her passion to study sharks in order to protect these often misunderstood animals. In 2016 she was part of the launch of the Sharklogger Programme, a citizen science programme that involves a network of divers that logs dives in Cayman. She also spearheaded the SharKY Fest in June 2016.

Follow her work on Instagram: @johannakohler    


Prof Rupert Ormond

Shark Project advisor

Rupert is the Co–Director of Marine Conservation International. He also has the Research Chair in Marine Conservation at King Abdul-Aziz University, Saudi Arabia, is an Honorary Professor at Heriot-Watt University, and currently Corresponding Secretary of the International Society for Reef Studies and Editor of its news journal, Reef Encounter. Rupert is the former Director of the University of London‘s Marine Biological Station Millport, holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge, and has completed projects funded by governments, international inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, funding agencies, and commercial organisations.




Karen Luijten

Fundraising, Outreach and PR

Karen Luijten is from Toronto and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors from Wilfred Laurier University. Her career started out in Investment Banking where she held progressive roles in Global Markets, her last being Director in the Global Middle Office.  She left that position to work in the software compliance field where she has held various progressive roles from Compliance Manager to VP of Sales and Marketing. She has lived in the Cayman Islands for the past four years and has a strong commitment and interest to local conservation. She is now applying her valuable business experience to help garner awareness and raise funds towards shark conservation in the Cayman islands.