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Bradley Johnson

Research Officer II

Bradley joined the Department as a summer student in 1993 and became a full time employee after graduating from Eckerd College in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science. He has had involvement with most of the Department’s projects over the years but now is involved with the Nassau Grouper study, the Lionfish Control Program, and various licensing and permitting directives.

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Carl Edwards

Conservation Officer

Carl is one of the Department’s Conservation Officers patrolling the waters around Grand Cayman and enforcing the Marine Conservation Laws.

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Chadd Bush

Conservation Officer

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Cingdy Banks

Administrative Secretary

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Cheryl Henry Ebanks

Administrative Secretary

Cheryl performs a wide variety of administrative support functions for a staff of 35, and provides bookkeeping support to the AFM in the administration of the department’s annual budget.

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Croy McCoy

Research Officer II

Croy works in the research and assessment section of DOE, working mainly with coral reefs, seagrass and mangrove systems, with coral reefs as his main focus. He coordinates the Department’s long-term Coral Reef Monitoring Programme along with assisting in the planning and implementation of other environmental monitoring and research programmes ensuring that changes in the general ecology of the marine and coastal environments are detected and these environments are safeguarded.

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L. Delwin McLaughlin

Marine Field Technician

Delwin is responsible for the installation & maintenance of the 180 public moorings on the dive sites of Grand Cayman as well as the boundary markers and information signs for the marine parks. If you see a damaged sign or mooring, please contact the Department as soon as possible.

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Erbin Tibbetts

Conservation Officer – Sister Islands

Erbin is one of the Department’s Conservation Officers responsible for the enforcement of the Marine Conservation Laws in the Sister Islands. His office is based in Cayman Brac.

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Frederic Burton

Manager, Terrestrial Resources Unit

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Gene Parsons

Sr. Research Officer

Gene’s departmental roles include fisheries conservation, coastal water quality monitoring, and local aquaculture development. He began his aquatic science career in 1975 as the C.I.G.’s first Caymanian marine biologist. In the photograph, Gene is preparing to deploy a buoy to mark a sampling station during conch survey.


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Gina Ebanks-Petrie

Director

Gina Ebanks-Petrie is the Director of the Department of Environment. She describes her job as challenging, but never boring, and says she feels extremely privileged to lead such a competent and dynamic team who are passionately committed to the conservation of Cayman’s biodiversity and natural environment. Gina would like to extend a very warm Caymanian welcome to all visitors to this website and hopes that you will find it both informative and inspiring

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Jane Haakonsson

Research Officer – Terrestrial Resources Unit

Jane is a zoologist with an MSc in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health from the University of Edinburgh. She has previously worked at the Bristol Zoo, UK, and at the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme. She now works in the Terrestrial Research Unit of the Department and her responsibilities include updating species action and conservation plans, responding to enquiries and continuing the TRU’s many conservation projects on all three islands. Jane is also the editor of TRU’s bimonthly magazine Flicker.

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Janice Blumenthal

Research Officer

Janice’s work for the Department of Environment focuses on marine turtle research, conservation, and public education. Current projects include monitoring and satellite tracking nesting female green and loggerhead turtles ( http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking ) and investigation of genetics, diving behavior, habitat use, and ecology of juvenile hawksbill and green turtles. These efforts are targeted toward providing information of aximum relevance to the conservation of marine turtles in the Cayman Islands, through elucidation of international migratory patterns and local management requirements. Janice is also involved in Darwin Initiative benthic habitat mapping and a variety of other DoE research and education programs.


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Jeremy Olynik

GIS Officer

Jeremy is a Research Officer with the department who specializes in Geographic Information Systems. He is currently working on the habitat mapping portion of the Darwin Initiative among other ongoing projects.

He has been with the department since February 2006 and is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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Jerrica Wood

Sustainable Development Officer

Jerrica joined the Department in April 2017. Her background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Wildlife Conservation and a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Development in Practice. During her undergrad degree Jerrica worked with the DOE as a student intern. Today, Jerrica’s role within the Department is to assist in the development and implementation of the DOE’s sustainable development initiatives and programmes at the department and national level and to assist in the assessment and monitoring of coastal and terrestrial development likely to impact the natural environment.

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John Bothwell

Research Officer II

John Bothwell is the Department’s Research Officer with responsibility for the annual Conch Survey and monthly Marine Quality Water Analysis programmes. He also leads on CITES and other MEA issues for the Department and works on many of the Department’s public education programmes. He tries not to get too busy to help other Officers with their in-water research, as long as they handle the data management and analysis.


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Keith Neale

Operations Supervisor – Sister Islands

Keith is the master of all trades that keeps our operations running in the Sister Islands by maintaining public mooring, boats & equipment, collecting data for research and enforcing the Marine Conservation Law. Keith is based in Little Cayman.


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Kevin Jackson

Marine Service Technician

Kevin keep DoE operations running smoothly – whether that involves repairs to machinery, boats and vehicles, designing and constructing customized research gear, or lending a hand with the work in the field.


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Leah Grant

Research Officer – Sustainable Development Unit

Leah joined the Department as a summer student in 2002 and became a full time employee after graduating from the University of Guelph in 2011. Her background is in Environmental Economics and Policy and her role within the Department is to assist with the reporting of the Department’s recommendation on Coastal Works and Planning applications, assisting the public and private development sectors in achieving sustainable development and monitoring the Environmental Management System. She also assist in various research projects within the department, including the Turtle Nesting programme.

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Maggie Baldino

Conservation Officer

Maggie is one of the Department’s Conservation Officers, and is based in Grand Cayman.


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Maggie Buchanan

Administrative & Finance Manager

Working to keep a smooth running office within Budget!


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Mark Orr

Chief Conservation Officer


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Nathan Dack

Sustainable Development Officer

Nathan joined the DOE in May 2014 as a Sustainable Development Officer working in the Sustainable Development Unit and as a part of the Technical Review Committee. He recently graduated with degrees in Environmental Biology and Environmental Monitoring from universities in the UK. He also has past experience working at the DOE as a student intern and has worked in environmental waste management consultancy in the UK. Nathan’s role within the Department is focussed around the review of Coastal Works and Planning Applications with involvement in other sustainability projects.


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Phil Bush

Manager – Marine Research

Phil is Secretary of the Marine Conservation Board, and presides over the issue of fishing licensing and permits. He also heads up our year-round research into the Nassau grouper, and manages the data collection and reporting for CARICOM projects.


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Robert Walton

Marine Parks Officer – Sister Islands

Robert is the Marine Parks Officer for Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. His duties encompass all aspects of Marine Conservation, assisting scientists in field studies and enforcement and compliance of Marine Conservation Laws.


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Ronnie Dougall

Conservation Enforcement Supervisor

Ronnie supervises the team of Conservation Officers enforcing the Marine Conservation Law.


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Scott Slaybaugh

Deputy Director – Operations & Enforcement

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Sean Ladley

Conservation Officer

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Tim Austin

Deputy Director – Research & Assessment

Tim is the Assistant Director, and oversees the Department’s diverse marine and terrestrial research and conservation programmes on all three islands.

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Wendy Williams

Environmental Assessment Officer

Wendy’s role within the Department entails assisting in the assessment and monitoring of coastal and terrestrial development likely to impact on the natural environment. This includes reporting the Department’s recommendations on Coastal Works and Planning applications, assisting the public and private development sectors in achieving sustainable development and inputting to Environmental Impact Assessments/studies for proposed development projects. Wendy also coordinates the reporting of the Country’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions to the UK.