Our Team

A group of experienced instructors and academics.

ATMEC Instructors

Rahul Mehrotra

Project Manager
Project manager at ATMEC, Rahul is an accomplished marine biologist and educator with over a decade of SCUBA diving experience and has been a certified Conservation Diver instructor since 2014. He has co-described six new species to science and has been active in the field of marine conservation in Thailand for several years. Rahul's research interests are broad and diverse and he has supervised students from high school to graduate levels. He completed his own PhD at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Random Fact: Rahul’s affection for muck diving is inversely proportional to that of being called ‘doctor’.

Thomas Real

Having completed his internship and training with ATMEC, Tommy has now joined the team as a researcher and supporting instructor at the program. During his training, Tommy was certified to teach the Ecological Monitoring Program, and gained experience in a large array of reef-associated skills such as giant clam surveys and anthozoan taxonomy. Alongside his role as an instructor, he is also responsible for maintaining boat and laboratory facilities as well as conducting his own research on seaslugs and coral reef ecology.

Random Fact: Even today, it is unclear if Tommy is a bigger nerd about coffees or nudis. Some are too scared to find out.

Supatcha Japakang (Ploy)

Assistant Instructor
Ploy was the first instructor training scholarship recipient at ATMEC. She completed her internship at the end of 2021 and began a semester as a staff member in 2022. All the while, she has also pursued her own research efforts in variable stress response in restored corals. Her special skills include expertise with zoom calls and a hatred of jackfruit.

Thana Jantarakolica (Jeep)

Assistant Instructor
A fellow recipient of the 2021 ATMEC instructor training scholarship, Jeep has been (as you can see) a unique addition to the team. He joined the staff team in 2022 while continuing his exciting research on substrate colonisers and coral taxonomy. His friendliness and positive attitude is only surpassed by his unique relationship with carbonated beverages.

Education Staff

Nancy Gibson

Project Manager
Nancy is the founder of Love Wildlife Foundation through which she has led and participated in numerous international wildlife conservation and rehabilitation initiatives over the years, not to mention over a decade of educational endeavours. Nancy has also been the executive director of the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand for five years

Juthapathra Dechanupong (Ju)

Love Wildlife Staff
Ju has over a decade of experience in the fields of biological sciences and education and an MSc in Environmental Science and Policy.  

Suphasiri Muttamara (Jam)

Love Wildlife Staff
Jam has an MSc in Environmental Education and a diverse array of past roles as educator of wildlife and conservation at various establishments, including Disney World, Florida.

Extended Team

Maythira Kasemsant

Fieldwork Support Staff
Renowned artist and creator behind the popular 'Nature Toon' book series, May is also an amazing coral nerd in her spare time. She is a field-staff member throughout the second season, helping with data collection and more!

Amir Patel

Citizen Science Coordinator
After years contributing to the curation and organisation of the Gulf of Thailand sea turtle identification project, Amir is now responsible for management of our sea turtle citizen science projects with ATMEC.

Sirachai Arunrugstichai

Outreach and Conservation
Shin has been active in conservation in Thailand for a number of years. In addition to contributing his photojournalism to National Geographic among others, he also plays an advisory role with ATMEC.

James Eaton

Fieldwork Support Staff
James is an accomplished academic and wildlife tour guide, specialising in avian and terrestrial fauna. He is also an experienced diver, lending his skills to fieldwork with ATMEC.

Former/Visiting Instructors

Alyssa Allchurch

Alyssa was one of the pioneering instructors at ATMEC, joining for the first full semester before continuing on to pursue her MSc in Marine Science back in Canada.

Claudia Marcellucci

Claudia was with us for our very first full year, and was part of the initial survey team before ATMEC was formalised. She was a full-time instructor with us for throughout 2021 before heading back home to Italy.