passionate about conservation

our team



Tanya is a Conservation Biologist from the UK with a background in marine, terrestrial and sea turtle conservation as well as sustainability. After completing her BSc in Biology and Masters in Environmental Management she worked in recycling and waste management in the UK before working with Green Islands Foundation and Fregate Island in the Seychelles. She’s worked with islands for several years and specialises in managing the unique and fragile ecosystems found on and around them. Her role with TIC is to oversee the overall mission and management of the organisation, as well as supporting Batu Batu in its commitments to become more sustainable.



Alberto is a Spanish environmental scientist and Dive master with a background in conservation and environmental education around the world. After completing his Masters degree in Environmental Science, he worked in environmental education and biodiversity monitoring in Spain, Portugal and the Czech Republic before working with Project Biodiversity, Turtle Trax and Turtle Foundation on sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica and Cape Verde. His role with TIC is to manage the volunteer programme and coordinate the various conservation projects that we are running.



Mariana is a Portuguese Marine Biologist, with a broad knowledge and experience of both marine and sea turtle conservation having worked in Portugal and with Maio Biodiversity Foundation in Cape Verde. She has a BSc in Marine Biology, a Masters degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, and is a certified Dive Master and a Reef Check Ecodiver for the Indo-Pacific region. At TIC she is responsible to train and assist volunteers and staff on the correct field methodologies for our conservation programs, ensure the scientific accuracy of the methodologies used and the data collected, to produce annual reports, protocols and guidelines for the conservation programme.



Zam is a Malaysian scientist with an MSc in Marine Biology from the University of Sabah. During his years at UMS, he participated in several community engagement activities such as sea turtle tagging and public awareness campaigns at Mabul Island, climate change talks and sea turtle life cycle lessons for Kindergarten students. Zams role with Tengah Island Conservation is to oversee and develop our outreach and educational activities, focussing on community engagement and involvement, schools programmes, staff awareness and guest engagement.