Meet Our Team
"I am an avid lover of fish, movies, and a nice cold beer!"
The marine environment has always been somewhere I have loved and respected, so being part of the Plover Rovers team is a fantastic opportunity for me to use my knowledge and passion to promote the coast through a worthy cause.
Amelia, who holds a BSc and MSc in Marine Biology, reviews the scientific validity of our content.
"Biologist, cook, traveler, gamer, and overall nerd."
As a conservation ecologist by training, I am passionate about wading birds specifically, but everything about marine coastal environments are wonderful and must be protected.
Aurora, who holds an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation, is our LEO for Norfolk where she works with a range of local partners to bring some exciting marine science to the shores of this beautiful county.
"Bookworm, diving enthusiast, traveller, writer, incredibly clumsy, always up for a challenge"
I am passionate about the Plover Rovers because I think marine environment is so often overlooked in the UK, it is right on our doorstep and has such amazing wildlife. It is a whole other world to explore.
Rebecca holds a BSc and MSc in Marine Biology and has experience working in academic publishing. As a Plover Rover, she reviews scientific validity and copyright issues.
"Our UK coasts are fascinating and deserve more love"
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to get involved with Plover Rovers and assist with the administration of a charity that helps to educate people about the importance of the coast.
When not studying, Catherine is a volunteer marine medic with British Marine Divers Rescue, a volunteer administrator with RSPB and a keen blogger. At the Plover Rovers, she tackles "boring" but essential admin tasks.
"I want to make a difference!"
I am extremely passionate about the marine/coastal environment and local engagement and education. Plover Rover's is an exciting opportunity to allow me to combine two of my loves in life. I am looking forward to gaining skills and being involved with coastal communities during my adventure into further studies in Marine Biology.
Charlotte, who holds a BSc in Marine Biology, was part of Liverpool's Last Straw campaign and a sustainability champion for her uni's Marine Biology and Oceanography Society. She is looking forward to continue to make a difference. and is developing a Plover Rovers podcast.
"I love writing, mountain biking, and jumping into Lake Superior"
Living over 1000 km from the nearest ocean has made me extra appreciative of the experiences I've had with the sea! I joined Plover Rovers to help make science more accessible to coastal communities and to deepen my own connection to marine environments.
Ella, who has a degree in Creative Writing and Biology, is a creative writer for the Plover Rovers, and has created our awesome novel "Why do the plovers fly away?".
"Sailor, paddler, 5-9 explorer"
If we care about the environment,
it will care for us.
I have always been enchanted by the sea, and love to play a part in
protecting our marine life.
Elysia has a degree in
where she specialised in ecology and sustainability. She is currently
boosting her skills to switch to a career in conservation.
She is a LEO in the South-East, for the area around Brighton.
"Swimmer, language enthusiast, and ice-cream connoisseur"
I’m really excited about bringing together people who play, work and
live on the coast with marine scientists and experts and celebrating
what the marine environment means to them all.
Helen originally studied illustration, and then spent nine years working
in administration, marketing and learning in art galleries, museums and
heritage sites. She now wants to carve out a career helping to protect
the ocean, her favourite place to be. She is a LEO for Kent (Ramsgate to Sittingbourne).
"I am an avid diver, feeling most comfortable floating and observing marine life as it passes by."
I am passionate about what Plover Rovers is doing because I am blessed to have the understanding of our marine/coastal environments through my personal experience and I believe it is vital that the general public have the same level of knowledge so that they can become passionate as well and gain that same motivation to protect what we have. The marine/coastal environment surrounding the British Isles is so important - I want to help spread awareness of its importance!
After taking some time out to do research in South Africa, Jake has now started his PhD. He supports the NW-LEOs, is involved in the Buddy-Programme and serves as a Plover Rovers point of contact at the University of East Anglia.
"Sports enthusiast, nature lover, gamer!"
The ocean is vitally important to our planet and therefore, a necessity exists to protect it. The aim of the Plover Rovers is one which resonates with me as education and local engagement are crucial to ensuring sustainability. Having the opportunity to be a part of this charity and empower communities is very exciting.
Jack holds a degree in Zoology and Marine Biology and wants to pursue a career in conservation to tackle the issues resulting from of climate change. He is a LEO for the North-West, focussing on the area between Chester and Birkenhead.
"Chocolate, crimson and beige: the colours of mud, oystercatchers and endless sandy beaches. When I think back to my earliest memories of the British coast, those three colours are the ones that stand out in my mind."
From hardcore biologists to writers, musicians and artists, conservation needs to be a collaborative field. We need to speak more of the language of conservation, engage the local communities who are at the forefront of these changes and fights and inspire tomorrow’s leaders; it’s all about communication.
Katy is studying a BSc in Conservation Biology and Ecology at Exeter University’s Cornwall campus and has walked and talked the coast for us in the East, walking from the Thames estuary to The Wash: "Though virtually all aspects of the natural world fascinate me, my prime areas of interest are exploration, human wildlife conflict and engaging more people with nature, so I grabbed the opportunity to walk part of the English coast with the goal of uniting coastal communities with their local conservation research."
"I am a permanently caffeinated beach enthusiast who loves swimming and hikes."
With climate change becoming increasingly pertinent, I particularly align with Plover Rovers’ ambition to bridge the gap between science and society, this way everyone in the community can be inspired to take action.
Marissa is currently studying for a MSc in Environment and Sustainable development at UCL. She wants to to pursue a career in the field of environmental sustainability to play a tangible role in promoting an issue she deeply cares about. She is a LEO in the South-East, covering the area from Seven Sisters to Camber Sands.
"I'm a Latin language teacher, artist and anti-speciesist, passionate about all life on earth."
I believe that education / science communication is key to nature protection. As a writer and musician myself, I'm excited about the Plover Rovers' creative approach because I believe that creativity can reshape thinking and play a huge part as an agent for transformative behavioural change.
Sabú runs his own anti-elitist online Latin language school and is passionate about helping people achieve their goals. He is one of the charity's three trustees and collaborates on art projects.
"Adventurer; you'll normally find me on the waves, rocks or up a tree. Coffee addict!"
Passionate about bringing together a community where our environment is at the centre whilst engaging people from all walks of life & connecting them with the big blue.
Sammy holds degrees in Applied Zoology and Wildlife Education & Media, and is responsible for ensuring our content is effective and impactful from the point of environmental psychology.
" I'm a life-long activist with a hippie-upbringing, an anti-speciesist and averse to unfounded hierarchies, inaction and thinking inside the box."
I'm an extremely passionate environmentalist and scientist with a huge curiosity about and appreciation for everything around me and a love for photographing insects. I'm also passionate about art and interested in the role ABR can play in sustainable policy making.
Scott Xavi is the director and founder of the Plover Rovers: "Setting up this charity has been an incredibly rewarding experience - I am amazed at the enthusiasm and positive energy which the volunteers are bringing in and I can't thank all of them enough for being part of this project!"
"We as a society can make a difference!"
I'm passionate about the marine/coastal environment because it has given me a cause: to be the voice for something that desperately needs our help and cannot speak for itself. Plover Rovers has allowed me to fuel my passion on my own home turf and given me the chance to learn more about the amazing marine life surrounding England.
Kev, a graduate of Lancaster University, is a diver and professional dive master and believes in the power of education: "Well-informed individuals alone cannot change our seas for the better, but by spreading awareness we as a society can make a difference!" He specialising on recruiting Walker-Talkers and Buddies from the scientific community.
" I’ve been travelling along UK coast paths since before I could walk - I can’t wait to get walking and tell you all about it!"
For most of my childhood my parents were pushing me around hiking trails in a pram or carrying me on their shoulders. As I got older, my dad would take me on longer trips and gradually load more into my rucksack, then I caught the bug and was organising walking trips with my friends. Some of my fondest memories have been made on the Wales Coast Path, the South West Coast Path, the Norfolk Coast Path and coast paths in the Outer Hebrides. It’s on these trails and various seaside holidays that I found my love for the ocean, and that’s what brought me to studying BSc Marine Biology at the University of Exeter.
Will is our long-distance walker for the North-West. He is currently on a year out from his course and jumped on the opportunity to do some walking in aid of marine conservation: "It’s a great chance for me to share my passion for coastal wildlife, learn about coastal communities and hopefully inspire other people to do the same."
"Wild swimmer, runner and overall nature enthusiast, otherwise found napping, baking, or listening to podcasts."
I think it is important for science to be communicated in a clear and engaging way and I truly believe that when people build a relationship with the natural world around them, they will make sure to protect it.
Zuzka is a freelance editor, brand strategist, and event organiser. She is also the executive editor of Backstage Talks — a magazine on design, business, and social responsibility. She is involved in planning our podcast.
Usually on a day off, you would either find me curled up on the sofa playing Tetris, listening to greatest hits from the last 60 years, cheering on my favourite football team or exploring our native coasts!
Always living near the coast, I have developed a strong interest in marine conservation, especially within the UK. Therefore, working with the Plover Rovers is an amazing opportunity to share my knowledge and continue learning. My scientific passion lies with Seagrass meadows which I know will have an important role to play in the coming years whilst we fight against the consequences of climate change.
Charlotte has a MSc Tropical Marine Biology from University of Essex and a BSc Marine Biology from Swansea University. She hopes to one day have a career in seagrass conservation and carbon management. At the Plover Rovers, she helps where needed, especially in communication and event promotion.
Passionate about art and nature!
My background is in music and art but I’ve always loved wildlife, nature and the seas in particular so it is an honour to be able to help Plover Rovers with their work. I am using my creative skills to raise funds for environmental causes and to help where I can whilst also studying for a diploma in Marine Biology.
Chris has a background as a self-employed musician and artist and is a member of his local parish council. His role as a communications officer for Plover Rovers is to run the TikTok account.
"I have always been passionate about engaging with people and sharing my excitement for the marine world."
My scientific background is taxonomic research (with a focus on classification and identification of marine invertebrates).
I volunteered in a natural history museum as a teenager and years later got to work as a research scientist in one of the leading European natural history museums, where I also designed and managed my own exhibition.
The "Talking the coast" project is the perfect platform for sharing scientific research with a wider public. I especially like the idea that the talks can be given outside during a walk and that there is plenty of room for creativity and also an artistic component to it.
Ruth is an internationally acclaimed authority on polychaetes and passionate about science communication. She is one of the three trustees of the charity.