Meet the MantaWatch Alumni

Leaders in marine sustainability

Firmansyah Tawang

Firmansyah is a student of marine science at Kutai Timur Agricultural College. He has worked with the Indonesia Biodiversity Research Center to investigate coral reef diversity, monitored turtle populations with the Natural Resources Conservation Center of Berau, and participated in whale shark conservation efforts with the German international development agency GIZ, WWF-Indonesia, and Whale Shark […]


Muhammad Ichsan

Ichsan earned his M.Sc. Conservation Biology from the University of Queensland, Australia and B.Sc. Marine Science from the University of Padjadjaran (UNPAD), Indonesia. Drawing on the experiences he gained during MIP-2012, Ichsan successfully submitted his undergraduate thesis on the environmental factors influencing the temporal distribution of manta rays in Komodo National Park, Indonesia. He founded […]


Amelia Nurkumala

Amelia successfully completed MIP-2016, and is currently completing her B.Sc. Biology at the University of Diponogoro.


Gerald Wenur

After successfully completing MIP-2014, Gerald undertook his undergraduate thesis at the University of Indonesia on the spatial dynamics of manta rays in Komodo National Park. He participated in MIP-2015 as a trainer and mentor. Gerald received a Conservation Leadership Programme Future Conservationist Award to investigate Indonesia’s mobula ray fisheries. He is currently completing his undergraduate […]


Divo Noerchayo

Divo holds a B.Sc. Marine Biology from the University of Indonesia. His undergraduate thesis examined methods for surveying coral reefs. After successfully completing MIP-2015, Divo developed a training module and materials on underwater photography that was launched successfully during MIP-2016. Divo is currently working as an intern for the Government of Indonesia’s Marine Fisheries Research […]


Rafid Shidqi

Rafid graduated with a B.Sc. Marine Science from Jenderal Soedirman University after successfully completing MIP-2016.


Anindita Rustandi

Anindita earned a B.Sc. Marine Science from the University of Padjadjaran (UNPAD), Indonesia. After successfully completing MIP-2012, she joined MantaWatch as a Stakeholder Liaison Officer, and participated in MIP-2014 and MIP-2015 as a trainer and mentor. She was awarded a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) fellowship by the US State Department, and had the […]


Evi Nurul

Evi has a B.Sc. Marine Science and Oceanography from the University of Diponogoro. After successfully completing MIP-2014 he was selected to join The Nature Conservancy’s expedition team as a Coral Reef Fish Specialist during a Rapid Ecological Assessment of the Savu Sea Marine Protected Area. Evi is currently the Monitoring and Surveillance Officer for WWF-Indonesia’s […]


Riza Zamzami

Riza has a B.Sc. Fisheries Science from Bogor Agricultural Institute, Indonesia. After successfully completing MIP-2013, he worked for a company that promotes sustainability within the aquarium hobby trade through the culture and export of ornamental corals and marine invertebrates. Riza’s team won several awards from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry for their high quality […]


Niomi Pridina

Niomi earned her B.Sc. Marine Science from the University of Padjadjaran. After successfully completing MIP-2014, she joined MantaWatch as the Education and Research Coordinator, and participated in MIP-2015 and MIP-2016 as a trainer and mentor. She has worked as a communication intern for the International Pole and Line Foundation, where she helped to communicate and […]


Vidlia Rosady

Vidlia earned her B.Sc. Marine Science from Padjadjaran University. After successfully completing MIP-2013 she participated in MIP-2015 and MIP-2016 as a trainer and mentor. Vidlia received a Conservation Leadership Programme Future Conservationist Award to investigate Indonesia’s mobula ray fisheries, during which she had the opportunity to participate in conservation leadership and communication training at the […]


Sihar Aditia

I am an undergo undergraduate student from IPB University majoring Marine Science and Technology. I conduct my final project about the use of metabarcoding eDNA for searching biogeography and relative abundance of endemic species walking shark Halmahera. I have strong interest in conservation, specifically elasmobranch conservation for sharks and rays.


Corina Ruswanti

Corina has a B.Sc Marine Science from Diponegoro University, Indonesia. Her undergraduate research used DNA markets to investigate the genetic diversity of corals in Raja Ampat, West Papua. In 2017 Corina produced an award winning short environmental documentary and was selected by the Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative to join an environmental filmmaking workshop in […]


Irfan Thofiq Firdaus

Irfan  is a final year student of Marine Science at the University of Brawijaya. Irfan received a gold medal in the 29th National Student Scientific Week for his research into sustainable fishing technologies with fishermen of East Java. He worked as a Site Observer for WWF where he helped to develop the Electro Shield System, […]


Evina Tami Roriris

Tami successfully completed MIP-2014, and is currently completing her undergraduate thesis on the identification of corals using molecular biology, as part of her B.Sc. Marine Science at the University of Padjadjaran.


Chatarina Rika

Diver with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Food Processing, Food Safety Management System, Public Speaking, Food Technology, and Scuba Diving. Strong operations professional with a 2015 focused in Food Technology and Processing from Universitas Gadjah Mada.


Willy Angraini

Willy is MantaWatch’s Sustainable Fisheries Assistant, and an alumnus of MIP-2017.


Mutiara Dhitasari

Mutiara graduated with a B.Sc. Marine Science from the University of Padjadjaran. After successfully completing MIP-2015 she was selected to participate in a marine research expedition to southwest Maluku with the Institute for Marine Research and Observation. Mutiara was a member of the OSEANIK Scientific Diving Club and IMPACT (Independent Marine Protected Animal Community) at […]


Revani Utami

Revani is a final year Marine Science and Technology student at Bogor Agricultural University. Her undergraduate research investigated the nesting habitats of green and hawksbill turtles. As a volunteer during the two-week Nusantara Jaya expedition Revani organized beach and village cleanups, delivered community training on waste disposal, and educated elementary school children about their local […]


Haries Sukandar

After successfully completing MIP-2015, Haries participated in the MIP-2016 roadshow where he visited several universities across Indonesia to promote the internship program. He was the Chairman of the Marine Diving Club at the University of Diponogoro, and is the part-time Public Awareness Program Coordinator for TAKA, an Indonesian marine conservation NGO. Haries is currently completing […]


Williem Hartono

Williem Hartono is a B.Sc. Marine Science student at the Univeristy of Padjadjaran. His interests include designing innovative approaches to educate and inspire coastal communities to manage their local marine resources. He is currently planning his undergraduate research, and hopes to study the environmental factors influencing manta cleaning behaviour.


Lucia Kusolo

Lucia successfully completed MIP-2015. She is currently preparing her undergraduate thesis at the University of Indonesia on the spatial and temporal dynamics of phytoplankton in Likupang, North Sulawesi, and is the Social Media Coordinator for ScubaDiver AustralAsia magazine.


Satria Afnan Pranata

Satria graduated from Bogor Agricultural Institute with a B.Sc. Fisheries Science. He is currently the Technical Service and Sales Executive for PT Sinta Prima Feedmill, where he supports sustainable, small-scale aquaculture producers in Sumatra. He occasionally conducts coral and fish surveys for the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.


Ranny Yuneni

Ranny graduated with B.Sc. Marine Science from the University of Diponogoro. After successfully completing MIP-2013, she participated in MIP-2015 and MIP-2016 as a guest speaker. Ranny currently works as the Field Coordinator for WWF-Indonesia’s Shark and Ray Conservation Program, where she supports the Government of Indonesia to improve data about these threatened species and works […]


Muhammad “Dharmo” Ramadhany

Dharmo earned his B.Sc. Marine Science and Technology from Bogor Agricultural Institute. After successfully completing MIP-2014, Dharmo founded MoAerial, a company that specialises in aerial video and mapping using drones and whose projects include marine and coastal surveys for Indonesias Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries and NGOs.


Ayu Ginanjar Syukur

After successfully completing MIP-2014, Ayu graduated from Bogor Agricultural Institute with a B.Sc. Fisheries Science. She is currently the Responsible Marine Tourism Assistant for WWF-Indonesia, where she has helped to develop and promote responsible tourism practices including creating manta ray watching guidelines that have now been published by Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.


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