Greg Nowell, Co-Founder of Sharklab-Malta
Greg is one of the founders of Sharklab-Malta, and really the head of our organisation. He takes on the bulk of administrative and planning work and invests most of his “free”-time in the organisation. With his endless passion, and knowledge of sharks he infects other people to join our efforts and promotes Sharklab-Malta’s international and national cooperation.
Pamela Mason, retired teacher and Chief Examiner
Pam is married to Dave. They both have been members of Sharklab for just under 9 years. Within the organisation Pamela is responsible for data collection at the fish market, education & awareness events and intern supervision. Dave says Pam is getting good at teaching shark dissection. Pam admits to being fairly good at preparing exhibits for Sharklab displays.
Dave Mason B.Sc, PGCE, CQYW
Dave has a degree in Biology, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching, and a Certificate in Youth Work. He worked in research in plant pathology and also on recurrent affective disorder before moving into teaching in schools, colleges and universities. He came to Malta through scuba diving around twenty years ago (and has yet to see a shark that he hasn’t just released!) Together with Pam, he has lived in Malta full-time for the last six years, since retiring. He has been drawn into the shark/fish conservation field and maintains an active interest in both. In Sharklab Dave is responsible for data collection at the fish market and education events, besides supervising interns and leading snorkel tours.
Lydia Koehler, M.Sc., M.A.(Ocean Governance)
Lydia joined Sharkab in 2013. She has a master degree in science and in ocean governance and has been working with sharks in the Maldives, Australia and South Africa. In Sharklab she is responsible for ongoing research projects and scientific publications (if there is anything to publish on, depending on the ongoing projects ;)). Lydia also supports the day-to-day work of the organisation and various activities, including survey dives and snorkels. She is a certified SCUBA instructor. Furthermore, Lydia is a Reef Check Trainer and conducted and led reef surveys in Egypt and Brunei Darussalam.
Marlene Muscat, Student
Marlene studies medical laboratory science at the University of Malta. Marlene has been Sharklab’s secretary for just under 3 years. She documents committee minutes as well as takes care of answering general questions and/or requests about Sharklab through emails, helping people get more more informed and connected with Sharklab. She is proud of her role in the organisation but also thoroughly enjoys the more hands on practice within Sharklab and wishes she has time to do more of it.
Thea Portelli, Student
Thea is Sharklab-Malta’s adoption coordinator. If you decide to adopt a shark (or a skate; in the near future you’ll have the possibility to do so!), she will be the one handling your adoption from the start till the end.