BRIDGET HEDDERMAN B.Sc, M.Ed - MANAGING DIRECTOR & FOUNDER
As a biologist with a Masters degree in Education, an experienced sailor and a NAUI Divemaster, Bridget is a passionate educator and has led the way for field studies programmes in South East Asia for the last 20 years. When she moved to Southeast Asia in 1991 she saw a wonderfully diverse yet fragile landscape waiting to be explored. Ecofieldtrips was born in 1997 in response to the need to educate future generations; to take students out of the classroom and into the invaluable ecosystems of Malaysia and Singapore.
HELEN NEWMAN B.Sc (Hons) M.Sc - CO FOUNDER
Helen was integral to the set up and functioning of Ecofieldtrips with her close friend and our Managing Director Bridget Hedderman. Throughout her awe-inspiring career she set up her own environmental consultancy Newman Biomarine, consulted for Conservation International and co-founded the UK charity, Sea Sanctuaries Trust (SST). SST aims to protect the marine environment through stewardship from local stakeholders and in 2011 helped set up a Marine Conservation Area in Raja Ampat. Sadly, Helen passed away in April of 2014 but EFT will continue to work with and support SST and ensure Helen's legacy will live on.
JEN CHAPMAN B.Sc (Hons) - DIRECTOR
Jen Chapman is a biology graduate and PADI Dive Master with a keen interest in conservation. She has previously worked on wildlife rehabilitation projects throughout Southeast Asia and today is involved in pioneering conservation projects in South America.
LEO MURPHY B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc - SCIENCE PROGRAMME & OPERATIONS MANAGER
With an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation, Leo has worked for an NGO in Central America, a research institute in Scotland and a range of places in between. His strong interest in field research has led him to all corners of the earth, and now has brought him to the biodiversity hotspot of South East Asia. At EFT, Leo enjoys sharing his biodiversity conservation experience, leading the development of our science programme for all trips from primary school to university.
ANDREW DYNE B.Sc (Hons) - SALES MANAGER
Andy is an outdoor enthusiast with experience working with students of all ages in both the sports and field studies sector. As an avid naturalist with a passion for Southeast Asian ecology, Andy loves inspiring people to get outside. Managing the sales for Ecofieldtrips takes up most of his time but when not in the office Andy keeps active playing for two Singaporean amateur football teams.
JULIEN FUDGE B.Sc (Hons) M.Sc - BUSINESS SYSTEMS MANAGER
Julien has always had an avid interest in nature. His enthusiasm sky-rocketed looking after reptiles and tropical marine life at a tender age. With a degree in Environmental Science and Technology, Julien has spent twenty years supporting marine national parks and responsible tourism development in Indonesia, joining Ecofieldtrips after completing his Masters in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. Scuba diving is more than a hobby for Julien as he enjoys being close to the huge variety of life you can find in an underwater wilderness. Julien believes that observing these interactions improves understanding and sparks questions within himself that in turn, helps him to connect people with nature.
AOIFE NI RATHAILLE B.Sc (Hons), Ph.D - HEAD OF EDUCATION
A fascination with the marine environment, that developed from a childhood living on the Irish coastline, inspired Aoife to study marine sciences to post-graduate level and to gain her Divemaster certificate. Armed with these qualifications, Aoife has worked her way around the world in a variety of roles, including guiding the general public at Island Bay Marine Education Centre in Wellington NZ, volunteering as a scientific diver with Kenna Ecodiving in the Spanish Med and volunteering, initially as a divemaster and later as project leader for the Reef Survey Techniques course, with Operation Wallacea at their Marine Research Station on Hoga Island in the Wakatobi, Indonesia. With five years of teaching experience under her belt, Aoife is very excited to have the opportunity to introduce the next generation to some of the world’s most important ecosystems with Ecofieldtrips.
ROB HUNT B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc - PROGRAMME COORDINATOR & SENIOR FIELD BIOLOGIST
With a Masters in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation, Rob has gained an in-depth of knowledge of global threats to the natural world and is committed to tackling these head on. An avid traveller, he has done field work around the world in countries such as Namibia and Ecuador and Galapagos Islands. His thesis on public knowledge and education of conservation topics motivated him to pursue environmental education. Disappointed with what his thesis revealed, Rob now aims to inspire the next generation to appreciate and protect the natural environment. In 2017 Rob collaborated with fellow EFT staff member Kat to create Final Straw -a campaign raising awareness of the problems associated with single use plastics and the devastating effects for marine life.
KATHRYN MACHIN B.Sc (Hons) - SENIOR FIELD BIOLOGIST
An enthusiastic naturalist and zoologist, Kat's love of fieldwork has taken her to South Africa, Central America, America and Seychelles to work on projects ranging from sea turtle monitoring to frog behaviour. Kat has experience as a nature tour guide and enjoys nothing more than sharing her wildlife encounters with others. After working on conservation projects both in the UK and abroad, Kat is now keen to connect students with nature and inspire the next generation of conservationists. One of Kats most recent accomplishments in 2017 is the formation of Final Straw campaign - an initiative started to raise awareness of the problems associated with single use plastics and the devastating effects for marine life.
CATHERINE HUNTER B.Sc (Hons) - SENIOR FIELD BIOLOGIST
After studying Ecology at the University of Cardiff in the UK and carrying out fieldwork in the jungles of Borneo, Cat Knew that she wanted to travel and work abroad. Cat moved to Malaysia after graduating and worked teaching students at the British International School in Kuala Lumpur before joining us at Ecofieldtrips. It was here that she discovered the benefits of bringing education outside of the classroom, bringing concepts to life and fully engaging students with the natural world around them.
JEFF IKIN B.Sc - SENIOR FIELD BIOLOGIST
Originally from Australia, Jeff hails from the regional city of Toowoomba. Growing up in the countryside, he was always curious about the outdoors, oceans and marine life. Subsequently he decided to pursue Ecology and Marine Science at university. During his studies Jeff investigated the trophic ecology of marine shrimp, leading him to gain an interest in marine ecology, aquaculture and fisheries. Whilst at university Jeff worked as a marine science tutor, it was here that he developed his skills in enthusing and inspiring students to appreciate the natural world. Jeff is also a keen diver and enjoys exploring new coral reefs in his spare time, building on his knowledge of marine organisms.
CHARLIE DOWNING B.Sc (Hons) - SENIOR FIELD BIOLOGIST & PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT
Born and raised in Uganda, Charlie has always been fully immersed into the wilderness spending his youth hanging out the back of 4x4s bundu bashing the plains of Africa. After completing his zoology degree in the UK Charlie worked for a Gorilla conservation NGO back home before discovering his passion for environmental education. Specialising in programme development, Charlie worked delivering outdoor education sessions in the deserts of Dubai before making his way to South East Asia. Charlie is a bit of a bird nerd and loves nothing more than practicing bird calls in his spare time.
ADIJA (DJ) NAMORA HERLYDIANDRA - FIELD BIOLOGIST
Growing up in Bali, Indonesia, DJ is an expert on how tourism and human impacts have negatively affected the landscape and biodiversity of the area. She has a specialist diploma in Psychology and a strong interest in biology and animal behaviour. DJ is an extremely useful member of the team as she is fluent in four languages including Bahasa and Japanese! DJs favourite place on earth is the rainforest, and so enjoys jungle trekking in her free time.
ARIANA LOEHR B.Sc
After studying Anthropology with Environmental Studies at University Ariana quickly got stuck into practical conservation efforts working with birds and sea turtles in Hawaii. Adding more strings to her bow she then moved to Vietnam teaching English and ballet, it was here that Ariana witnessed the effects that rapid expansion and development could have on the environment. She decided to do something about it in a part of the world that she had grown to love – South East Asia. When Ariana isn’t inspiring the next generation she enjoys baking and has a penchant for snickerdoodles.
WILL HARDY B.Sc
Will has recently returned from a gruelling three month cycling expedition from Seattle to San Fransisco where he spent time coursing through coastal scenes and camping out in redwood forests. He has experience as a Park Ranger in the UK and Hawaii – where he led hikes to the summit of active volcanoes to observe lava rolling into oceans. As our resident geographer, Will is at home with with all things earth and rock related, he is keen to share his enthusiasm for what is left of the natural world with future decision makers!
VINCENT DIRINGER B.Sc
Graduating from James Cook University with a degree in Environmental Management, Vincent joins Ecofieldtrips after volunteering with land management and reef conservation efforts in Australia and Fiji. A keen writer who has collaborated with the United Nations and several leading Australian universities, he has an interest in promoting sustainable development and conservation through education and hopes to one day contribute to large-scale policy work. When not immersed in the latest scientific news you can find him either participating in or following a range of sports from rugby to sailing
JACOB YEO B.Sc
After growing up in Singapore, Jacob studied his degree in Australia where he researched climate change effects on benthic ecology on Heron Island. Jacob had the unique opportunity to volunteer on board CSIRO’s RV marine research vessel to the Antarctic ice edge, mapping ocean chemistry depth profiles in relation to climate change as part of the GO-SHIP Global Hydrographic Investigations Program. Jacob has two ambitions in life, one is to head out on a motorcycle road trip around the world and the other is to teach future generations the importance of having a functional and sustainable environment.
JESSICA LLOYD B.Sc
Jess grew up in Shropshire with full freedom to explore the ecology of meres, forests and fields in the countryside surrounding her home. As she passed through school and university she took an active role in conservation supporting local wildlife organisations. Since graduating with a degree in conservation biology, she has used her skill set to teach environmental education in the UAE – a sector she knew would make an impact on the survivability of our current, fragile, global ecosystem. She then moved to Uganda, putting practical conservation to use with Highland Mountain Gorillas, and it was here she discovered her true prowess in communicating to a larger audience, thus kickstarting her career in environmental communication. She is now working for EFT leading the communications push to better connect and build relations between people and the planet.
BECKY ANGELLA B.Sc
After studying wildlife conservation at University, Becky got hands on with conservation as a volunteer ranger for Sussex Wildlife Trust working on the South Downs. It was here that she developed many practical conservation skills, conducting ecological surveys and obtaining a chainsaw licence. As part of her ranger duties Becky worked with disadvantaged youths, running interactive outdoor sessions and inspiring them to appreciate the environment. As a result she realised her ambition lay in the world of environmental education and so pursued this in an area of the world she had yet to explore- South East Asia.