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Digital Communications Manager - Extn: 803
In his role as Digital Communications Manager, Ian manages all digital marketing and communications for Earthwatch internationally, including the charity's websites. Having previously worked as a Specialist Consultant in the long-haul travel sector, Ian joined Earthwatch in June 2006, to oversee the fielding of volunteers participating on Earthwatch Expeditions worldwide.
Ian's passions are travel and cooking, and he has worked with a number of volunteer organisations across Europe, Australia and South East Asia. In 2007 he joined the Earthwatch Dolphins of Greece reserach team, identifying the many threats faced by vulnerable Bottlenose Dolphins in the Mediterranean, and has also participated in Marine Turtle conservation efforts in Terengganu, Malaysia.
Digital Communications Officer - Extn: 838
Chris is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Earthwatch website, aiming to deliver accurate and engaging content. He also helps with the design and distribution of Earthwatch e-communications. After completing a degree in Applied Biology, Chris joined BTCV (formerly the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) to successfully market the delivery of a £6 million National Lottery project distributing funding for conservation projects. He has since managed websites for local community groups through to international companies - and is delighted to have returned to his conservation roots here at Earthwatch!
As a keen nature photographer, Chris has his own website of wildlife and travel photography. He has volunteered on a range of conservation projects and, as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, contributed to a marine survey programme that helped the Belize Barrier Reef to be declared a World Heritage Site.
Designer - Extn: 858
Neil joined Earthwatch as maternity cover for Catherine Charnock in 2009 and has never left! He has been responsible for numerous Earthwatchers, Programme Overviews and a whole host of other advertising. Neil also produces work for Earthwatch events and works closely with our web team.
Neil's background has seen him gain a BA Hons in Graphic Design and qualifications in History of Art and Photography. His working life has seen him work in the education market for clients such as OUP and Harcourt Education, running the design department for HMS as senior designer, a company that specialized in counter terrorism, and running his own design studio in his free time, Copperhead Studios.
When not working Neil trains in Fujian white crane kung fu, attempts not to fall off of his motorcycle at great velocity, and spends time with his friends and wife Ellie.
Media and Communications Officer - Extn: 882
Rob Stringer started at Earthwatch in May 2009 as Writer and Editor. He works on varied marketing campaigns, and communicates the work of scientists in the field, and the volunteer expedition experience, to the public and press.
Prior to Earthwatch, he was Assistant Editor for two international business magazines, and has worked in educational publishing, a rural regeneration charity, lived in New Zealand, and volunteered at an HIV palliative care unit and orphanage in Thailand. Rob has a BA in Classical Civilisation and Ancient History, and an MA in Creative and Media Writing, both gained at Swansea University.
Outside of work, he writes - a play of his was produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and he has had fiction published. He also writes and performs his own music. Rob has spent a year backpacking alone around the world, and has hitchhiked from Swansea to Morocco for the charity Link Community Development. He enjoys cycling, kayaking, skiing, camping and all that outdoorsy stuff. In 2010 he joined the Earthwatch research expedition Whales and Dolphins of the Hebrides.