Casuarina is from Governor’s Harbour Eleuthera where she had her first experience in the ocean at just five days old. This early dipping created a connection with the sea that has bloomed into a strong passion for protecting our marine environment and sustaining the communities that depend on it. She completed the International Baccalaureate at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales and graduated with a degree in Marine Biology and Environmental Policy from Duke University. She taught science and coordinated the student research at the Cape Eleuthera Island School before joining BREEF.
Casuarina is a founding board member of the One Eleuthera Foundation and currently sits on the board of the Bahamas Protected Areas Fund and several other committees and boards focused on conservation and sustainable development.
Office & Projects Manager
Shenica is a lover of animals, the sea and outdoor adventures. After studying and working abroad for a decade, her love for country called her back home. She joined the BREEF team in 2014. Prior to this, Shenica worked as an environmental scientist on wastewater projects throughout the United States and more recently as a park warden with The Bahamas National Trust. She also serves as a director on the ‘Cans for Kids’ board.
Research and Environmental Education Officer
Mallory Raphael is the Research and Environmental Education Officer at BREEF. Her work has predominantly focused on the deployment and monitoring of the BREEF Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden and establishing the BREEF Staghorn Coral nursery. She is an Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) Surveyor of corals and fish, as well as an PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. She mentors scholars in the Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars (BESS) program and trains them in coral restoration at the sculpture garden. Mallory also represented BREEF while heading up the Bahamas production team for the film, Chasing Coral.
Ryan joined the BREEF team in the summer of 2016 after spending more than 10 years in the fields of media and broadcasting. Growing up on Long Island gave him a love for the natural environment and a desire to ensure that the natural beauty that he grew up around would be there for his children and grandchildren to enjoy. He intends to use his communications experience to let the Bahamian public know the importance of protecting their environment for future generations.
Administrative & Human Resources Officer.
Jasmine joined the BREEF team in November 2016 and comes from a family of ocean and seafood lovers. She brings more than 10 years experience in the administrative and human resources field, and holds a BA in Human Resources Management. She is excited to support Bahamian marine conservation through her work so that she can pass on a healthy marine environment to her 4-year old son, who loves spending time at the beach.
Alexio joined the BREEF team in January 2018 and has had a fascination with the sciences from an early age. His passion for marine science was cultivated in high school through the C.V. Bethel Marine Science program. He attended the Island School in the fall of 2007 after high school and he was then chosen to be one of the first BESS Scholars in 2008. Upon completing the program, Alexio worked with several environmental agencies such as Young Marine Explorers, The Bahamas National Trust, Cape Eleuthera Institute, and the Living Oceans foundation. He also obtained a BSc in Biology from College of The Bahamas (now The University of the Bahamas) and a MSc. in Natural Resource and Environmental Management from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus.
Education Coordinator/Eco-Schools Bahamas National Operator
Kevin is an experienced Science Educator and Allied Health Professional with a profound respect for the natural environment and an enduring curiosity about life. He remains “a teacher at heart,” and continues to encourage the importance of preserving our Bahamian way of life by developing a healthy respect for each other and the precious Bahamian environment we have been entrusted with. Kevin joined BREEF in April 2018.