Would you like to become a member of our team? We always need an extra pair of hands, so if you are enthusiastic about the marine environment and would like to volunteer for ELMO, please contact us.
Lisa is a marine ecologist and the project coordinator at ELMO. Her research interests range from small-scale fisheries to population ecology and habitat monitoring. Lisa has worked in biodiversity and conservation related research all around the world, but has chosen South Africa's coastline as her Turangawaewae. After working closely with the South African angling community, she decided to take her passion for Elasmobranchs and environmental education to the next level and founded ELMO, which she is running on an entirely voluntary basis.
Favourite Elasmobranch: The Bowmouth Guitarfish (Rhina ancylostoma)
Chantel is a marine ecologist, working on her PhD while volunteering for ELMO. Her favourite elasmobranchs are rays and skates and her current work involves investigating the ecology of three stingray species in the Seychelles. She has called South Africa home for her whole life and has a passion for the welfare of its coastline and oceans. Chantel joined the ELMO team because she believes the only way in which we can successfully start taking care of our oceans is if we involve you, the public, and foster an interest and love for the ocean in everybody.
Favourite elasmobranch: The Porcupine Ray (Urogymnus asperrimus)
Lena is a biologist with a passion for art. She is using her talent and scientific knowledge to produce illustrations ranging from complex intercellular processes to South African sharks and rays. Lena has been supporting ELMO by creating drawings for our educational material. To see an example Lena’s work, check out her eggcase-lifecycle drawing here.
Favourite Elasmobranch: The Reef Manta Ray (Manta alfredi)