Rory’s underwater experiences began while working on a citizen science project in Tobago, conducting surveys of coral reefs with Coral Cay Conservation. After completing a degree in foreign languages, and returning to his hometown London, it wasn’t long before Rory felt the lure of the ocean. Thanks to serendipitous circumstances (and some words from President JFK) he soon quit office life to pursue his dream job of working with great white sharks in Australia.
Since moving to Australia he spent several years conducting expeditions in the wild Southern Ocean. In this time he has assisted tourists, photographers, documentary makers, researchers to observe, study, and record these awesome predators, spending countless hours in the water up close with them. He has assisted in tagging and research projects for white shark monitoring, population estimates, and into the efficacy of shark repellent devices. He gained a Masters in Marine Science from James Cook University, conducting research into shark repellent technologies and shark management technologies.
These experiences earned him the chance to travel with Lindblad, first to the Arctic, then South America, and eventually to Antarctica and South Georgia. Rory has been lucky enough to have dived in every ocean, but has a particular passion for the less fashionable underwater worlds (in particular temperate waters, and the polar regions), and remains incessantly curious about everything marine. Rory’s career has now taken him back to where it started - working in citizen science, surveying coral reefs. In his role with Reef Check Australia he conducts reef health monitoring surveys, and organizes volunteer and conservation projects around South East Queensland.
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