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DOE Staff

joseph Anglin

Conservation Officer

timothy 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.

margaret baldino

Conservation Officer Supervisor

Cingdy banks

administrative secretary

Cingdy assists the Administrative and Finance Manager with the annual budget and day to day financial transactions of the Department. As an Administrative Secretary she also provides an array of support functions for the Department and staff, and serves a customer facing role as the first point of enquiry to many of the Department’s visitors. Cingdy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in finance, and joined the Department in 2016 with a largely private sector background with years of experience in the offshore banking industry.

vaughn bodden

Research Officer I (TRU)

A Cayman Islands native, Vaughn interned with the DoE during summers while pursuing his degrees and formally joined the team in 2019 with an MSc in Quantitative Method in Biodiversity, Conservation and Epidemiology. He has strong knowledge of local reptiles including the Sister Islands Rock Iguana and is the team lead on statistics and GIS mapping.

john bothwell

manager, legislation implementation and coordination unit

With a background in marine biology, John started as a summer intern at the DoE, eventually working his way up to Manager of the DoE’s Legislation Implementation and Coordination Unit. The Unit’s role can be summed up as turning research into conservation. When not working on policy, John can be found on or in the water.

frederic burton

manager, terrestrial resources unit

Fred arrived in the Cayman Islands as young biologist in 1979 as a member of the original mosquito research team. Fascinated by Cayman's untouched island ecosystems, he went on to author the book on endemic threatened plants of the Cayman Islands and helped develop the framework for Cayman's first protected areas. Most notably, Fred spearheaded the research and conservation of Grand Cayman's iconic endemic blue iguana.

chadd bush

conservation officer

Nacai coni

assistant operations manager

paul chin

Research Officer I (MRU)

Matt Southgate

Environmental Management Officer II

Matt joined the DOE in January 2023 as a Environmental Management Officer and as a part of the Technical Review Committee. Matt’s role within the Department is focused around the review of Coastal Works and Planning Applications with involvement in other sustainability projects.

christopher dixon

Operations Manager

lauren dombowsky

Manager, Environmental Management Unit

Lauren provides technical input on proposed developments with respect to Environmental Impact Assessments, planning applications and coastal works applications.

ronald dougall

Conservation Enforcement Officer - Little Cayman

Ronnie provides support to the DoE team and community with enforcing the Marine Conservation Act in Little Cayman.

sabrina douglas

Assistant GIS and Field Support Officer

judy hurlston

public education and outreach officer

Judy joined the DoE in late 2021 with a BA and over 20 years experience in media relations and production. She works with unit managers and staff to create materials that will help the public understand the work of the DoE and what insights and benefits it brings. She also manages DoE's social media and public outreach at schools, career fairs and events.

gina ebanks-petrie

Director of Environment

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

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.

claire fletcher

marine research officer

Claire is a research officer in the Marine Resources Unit. Having acquired a BSc in marine biology and zoology and an MSc in marine environmental protection at Bangor University, she started working for the DoE in 2017. She is part of a team that specializes in the research and monitoring of benthic habitats and communities.

steven foster

conservation officer

leah grant

research officer, environmental management 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.


jane häkonsson

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.

dr jane hardwick

Research Officer II (MRU)

With a PhD in Tropical Ecology, Jane coordinates the Sea Turtle Programme at the Department of Environment. She leads initiatives to safeguard marine ecosystems, including spearheading a Darwin Grant project on the impacts of climate change on sea turtle populations.

kevin jackson

marine service technician

Kevin keeps 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.

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.

Amy Rousseau

Environmental Assessment & Management Officer

Amy’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.

Sonya Van De Wouw

administrative & finance manager

Sonya is the principal financial and administrative advisor to the Director. She is responsible for the budgetary and financial reporting requirements as well as the administrative, office management, human resource and records management functions of the Department.

casey keller

conservation officer

Casey is a Conservation Officer with the DoE enforcing the National Conservation Law at sea and on land. Casey is also involved in invasive lionfish control.

Dr. johanna kohler

Shark Project Officer

paul lawrence

Operations Technician

Paul helps the DoE “keep the wheels turning and the boats floating”! He’s a mechanical and marine technician with more than 30 years’ experience, and also helps monitor and upkeep Cayman’s public moorings.

dr croy mccoy

Senior Research Officer (MRU)

Croy manages the Marine Resources Unit which monitors native marine species, our fisheries, coral reefs, seagrass and mangrove systems for health and threats. He coordinates the Coral Reef Monitoring Programme, along with other marine monitoring and research programmes to ensure changes in the general ecology of our marine and coastal environments are detected and these environments can be safeguarded.

Gregory Banks

conservation officer - Cayman brac

Though born in Grand Cayman, Gregory is a Bracker in his heart having spent school breaks during childhood there, eventually moving permanently at the age of 14. He joined the DoE enforcement team in 2023, keen to put his law enforcement experience to work upholding the National Conservation Act in protecting the native species and habitats of Cayman Brac.

Simone Williams

Research Officer, Terrestrial Resources Unit

Simone joined the TRU team in 2022 with MSc Environmental Life Sciences. An ornithologist (bird scientist) with a strong background in migratory birds, she is the lead on DoE's bat research, active in invasive species management, and public education.

jeremy olynik

Senior Geographical Information Systems Officer

Jeremy provides input for the mapping, spatial data maintenance and spatial data analysis needs of the department.

mark orr

chief conservation officer

tayvanis oyog

Research Officer I (TRU)

A native Bracker, Tay is the lead on invasive species response. A walking plant ID encyclopedia, he also assists with field research mapping and weather data.

cody panton

Research Officer - Marine Resources Unit

scott slaybaugh

deputy director, operations & enforcement

martines van der touw

Sister Island Field Officer

Martines maintains the dive moorings in Cayman Brac and assists with logistics terrestrial and marine operations, as well as for visiting scientists.

robert walton

marine parks officer

Robert is integral to the operational duties of the department particularly in assisting scientists in field studies and enforcement and compliance of Marine Conservation Laws.

jerrica Campbell

Senior Environmental Management 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.

tammi warrender

Lead Coordinator SCTLD Response Project

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