Project Baseline UK has three Trustees who are responsible for running the charity.
Marcus is passionate about diving and the health of the marine environment. Project Baseline allows him to combine these interests and share with others the wonders and challenges of the underwater world. His love of the oceans has taken Marcus to some amazing places to dive including, French Polynesia, the beautiful caves of Mexico and Florida, and many stunning sites around the UK. He is also an avid project diver and enjoys putting his dive skills to good use by collecting images and data in support of conservation efforts. Marcus hopes that Project Baseline UK can motivate other divers to join the cause and help to baseline the state of the oceans to show those not fortunate enough to dive, that they are worth protecting.
Owen experienced the changes occurring in our marine environment on his first ever dive as a PADI Open Water Diver in Borneo, witnessing real-time coral bleaching alongside healthy reefs. His diving has since taken him from reefs, to wrecks, to caves where he combines his hobby of photography and filmmaking with Project Baseline’s aim of documenting baseline environmental conditions.
He has an MSc in Aquatic Science and has experience in underwater survey, sampling and environmental statistics. He hopes to help build Project Baseline UK’s capacity to support and engage with scientific and conservation-orientated collaborators.
Martin’s interest in marine conservation stems from what he has seen diving beneath the seas around the UK’s coasts. Having started diving shipwrecks he was first struck by the impact ghost fishing gear has on the marine environment. This led to an ongoing involvement with net removal projects. Martin has since developed an interest in aquatic wildlife and has dived in a variety of environments from Red Sea reefs to Floridian caves.
Martin studied chemistry at university gaining a PhD in 2003. He is an enthusiastic citizen scientist too, and Project Baseline provides him with a framework for monitoring change in the environment over time. He is happy underwater collecting data or samples, and above the water in helping to communicate the results to others.