Sarah is the Director of MARTI, the Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative, based in Quintana Roo, Mexico. The Mesoamerican reef is the second largest reef in the world after the Australian Great Barrier Reef (GBR). It stretches almost 1000 km along the Caribbean coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, hosting approximately 500 species of fish and 60 species of coral.
The Mesoamerican reef is vulnerable and under pressure from many fronts, including impacts from a thriving tourism industry and climate change. MARTI works with a range of partners to help reduce such impacts and to protect this precious ecosystem.
Sarah is passionate about the conservation of coral reef ecosystems and believes that a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach between scientists, the private and public sectors, NGOs and local communities is, by far, the best way to help protect our world’s reefs.
Sarah has a PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences from James Cook University and the University of Burgundy in France based on her work on the Great Barrier Reef. She has worked as an environmental specialist on a range of projects for the Australian government, private industry and not for profit NRM organisations.
In previous years, she worked as personal assistant to the owner of a large Mexican media network in Mexico City. Working in Mexico provided her with the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the region and to dive on the Mesoamerican Reef.
In her current role as Director of MARTI, Sarah is building on and promoting MARTI’s extensive body of work in the Mesoamerican reef region and sharing her experiences from the GBR. She is actively looking to attract new partners to expand MARTI's work to help ensure the long term viability of the spectacular Mesoamerican reef system. As such Sarah is happy to look at new and innovative programs to involve companies and staff in the conservation of the second largest reef in the world, and always happy to receive visitors in the Riviera Maya wanting to know more about our program.