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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

Cingdy banks

administrative secretary

Cingdy assists the Administrative and Finance Manager in administering the annual budget and day to day financial transactions of the Department. As an Administrative Secretary she also provides an array of administrative 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.

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.

vaughn bodden

Research Officer I (TRU)

john bothwell

manager, legislation implementation and coordination unit

John Bothwell is Manager of the DoE’s Legislation Implementation and Coordination Unit. The Unit’s role can be summed up as turning research into conservation. Though with a background in marine biology John 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.

frederic burton

manager, terrestrial resources unit

chadd bush

conservation officer

Philippe bush

manager, marine resources unit

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.

paul chin

Research Officer I (MRU)

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.

christopher dixon

Assistant Operations Manager

lauren dombowsky

senior environmental assessment officer

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

ronald dougall

Conservation Enforcement Supervisor

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

sabrina douglas

Assistant GIS and Field Support Officer

cheryl ebanks

administrative secretary

Cheryl comes with vast knowledge and experience having worked for over 37 years within the Civil Service. As an Administrative Secretary, Cheryl is the first point of enquiry for many of the Department’s visitors. In addition, her duties are (but not limited to) the processing of the Department’s financial payments, assisting the Administrative and Finance Manager in administering the annual budget and assisting the staff of over 40 persons with any other assigned administrative duties.

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.

lester guderian

Operations Supervisor - Sister Islands


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.

jane hardwick

Research Officer II (MRU)

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.

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.

wendy johnston

manager, environmental management unit

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.

rebecca jordison

administration & finance manager

As the Administrative and Finance Manager, Rebecca 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. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and years of private sector experience in Finance and Human Resources.

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.

croy mccoy

Senior Research Officer (MRU)

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.

ivan monteith

operations unit manager

Ivan is in charge of DoE support staff, equipment repairs and upkeep and replacement of dive moorings. He’s also a dive instructor and a boat captain.

Sophie O'Hehir

Research Officer, Terrestrial Resources Unit

As part of the Terrestrial Unit, Sophie undertakes monitoring of flora and fauna of the Cayman Islands and is active in initiatives to safeguard the ecosystem.

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)

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 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.

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.

tammi warrender

Lead Coordinator SCTLD Response Project

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