We are pleased to announced the successful young marine conservationists and future leaders who have been selected to become 2016 MantaWatch Interns.

This year’s MantaWatch interns will join our team in West Manggarai and Komodo from September 12 to October 07, where they will work to promote collaboration between local stakeholders – including government, communities and the marine tourism industry – for marine conservation. Supported by Guy’s Trust, each intern will each receive a Guy Joseph MantaWatch Award, which provides a fully-funded scholarship to the program.

Amelia Setya Nurkumala

Amelia Setya Nur Kumala

Amelia Nurkumala is a biology undergraduate student at the University of Diponogoro. She has worked as an intern at the Center for Marine Ecology and Biomonitoring, and is the secretary of her university’s UKSA Diving Club.

Rafid Shidqi

Rafid Shidqi

Rafid Shidqi is a marine science undergradute student at the University of Jenderal Soedirman. His interests include the intersection of ecological and social sciences, and conservation approaches that deliver impacts on both biodiversity and community welfare. Rafid has completed short internships with the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center and WWF.

Retno Kusuma Ningrum

Retno Kusuma Ningrum

Retnu is a marine science undergraduate student at Padjadjaran University. She is an active member of several university conservation communities, including OSEANIK (which focuses on coral reefs) and HIMAIKA (which focuses on mangroves). Retnu’s interests include conservation communications and methods for engaging effectively with local communities.

Tri Nur Sujatmiko

Tri Nur Sujatmiko

Tri is a Marine Science and Technology undergraduate student at Bogor Agricultural Institute, where he is also a member for the Fisheries Diving Club. Tri has participated in fishery surveys in the Banda Sea and Karimunjawa Island with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. Tri believes that Indonesia’s oceans are an important national asset that must be managed sustainably, and this motivated him to become a marine biologist.