Meet the Team

Every one of our team members is passionate about shark and ray conservation and devoted to making a difference.

Greg
Nowell

Founder


I'm Greg, founder of Sharklab-Malta, and the head of our organisation.

I take on the bulk of administrative and planning work and invest most of my “free”-time in the organisation.

People tell me that my endless passion, and knowledge of sharks infects other people to join our efforts and promotes Sharklab-Malta’s international and national cooperation.

Come and join us!

Pamela
Mason

Education Officer

I am Pam Mason (married to Dave) and I am the Education Officer for Sharklab-Malta.

I am retired from paid work. Whilst working, I changed direction many times but never thought I would be a SHARK person, but there it is!

I teach dissections to interns and SOK students and am proud to report that in 8+ years we have not had any students damaged (they all have the requisite number of fingers!) I have helped many interns to produce fabulous exhibits for our presentations.

I regularly work on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programme at primary and middle schools at their TINY TEEN SCIENCE CAFÉS & TEEN SCIENCE CAFÉS.

I am a scuba diver; teacher; caterer; mother; grandmother.

Rachel
Doyle

Scientific Officer

I've always been fascinated by the ocean. After finishing my BSc in Earth & Ocean Science in Ireland, I came to Malta in 2012 to work with rescued turtles and discovered Sharklab-Malta. I fell in love with both turtles and sharks and wanted to do more for them. I then returned to university to complete a Masters in Marine Biodiversity in Scotland.

Being in the ocean is one of the best feelings. Since I discovered scuba diving I have tried to get everyone to try it. I love learning new things about our oceans and helping to educate people about it. My favourite quote from Dr Sylvia Earle, fellow marine conservationist, says it all; ‘’They may not care even if they know, but they can't care if they are unaware’’.

In my role as Scientific Officer I hope to continue educating about how great sharks and all elasmobranches are.

Nick Pace

Secretary

Hi I'm Nick and I'm the secretary of Sharklab Malta. My role is to deal with general questions and emails and redirecting them to the most suitable person within the organisation.

In a previous life I was a consultant anaesthetist and clinical director with responsibilities in a number of hospitals in Glasgow, Scotland. I also have worked in Wales, Dallas and Riyadh, where I learnt to dive in 1987.

I returned to Malta in 2021, having left in 1978, and started volunteering with organisations such as Nature Trust, where I help with turtle rehabilitation and beach monitoring, Zibel (beach cleaning) and Din l'Art Helwa (more cleaning).

I've always been interested in the sea and last year recertification as a diver after a gap of 33 years (cold Scottish waters weren't as appealing as the warm waters of the Med.)

My greatest disappointment is that majority of the volunteers in the above NGOs are young and non-Maltese. My drive is to increase Maltese participation.

Philip
Rietti

Finance
Secretary

I am the finance secretary for Sharklab-Malta.

Kalean
Borg

Shark Adoption
Co-ordinator

I am Kalean Borg, the shark adoption coordinator of Sharklab-Malta. Initially, I was a SOK student doing the project with Sharklab-Malta. However the passion and the dedication the team has for conservation of elasmobranches encouraged me to continue participating in various activities hosted by the organisation. Now I occupy the role of shark adoption coordinator and handle the shark adoption process from the start till the end.

David
Mason

Membership
Secretary

No, it’s not Father Christmas taking his elves for their annual holiday – it’s me! I am the Sharklab-Malta Membership secretary but I have had another life.

I’ve been a medical researcher, road sweeper, University/College lecturer on subjects like human biology, information technology, communication studies, floor cleaning (so the road sweeping did come in handy after all!), computing for the terrified, business process reprogramming (no I didn’t know what it was either until I had to teach it!), a training co-ordinator, an examination writer, a mobile (no, not hanging from the ceiling and looking pretty, but having various roles in a department store to cover for staff shortages) – a varied working life.

I’ve run youth groups, shown scouts on camp how to build bridges, death slides and towers (one time all three in one go – and nobody died!), been involved in many voluntary organisations, underwater clean-ups, turtle watching and others. I like to travel and scuba dive, if possible. If you come on one of the Sharklab-Malta snorkels, I may be your guide (as you can see from the picture I also double as a life raft!)

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