As founder of the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre Steve Hartley has been involved since its conception in 1996. Alongside assisting with the management of the CBMWC as a volunteer, Steve makes a living running the original eco-tourism operation in New Quay, Dolphin Survey Boat Trips that he set up in 1994. He is an experienced skipper with over 35 years experience and is also second coxwain of New Quay Lifeboat.
Steve is a former fisherman and over the years has been involved with numerous research projects concerning the marine life in Cardigan Bay both as a charter skipper and researcher and was involved with the original bottlenose dolphin photo-identification research projects that most of today’s photo-identification work in Cardigan Bay stems from. Steve was involved in helping initiate the designation of the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation and has carried out a great deal of work over the years to raise awareness of the importance of the marine environment in Wales and the conservation of the species and habitats found within it.
Dr Sarah Perry
As the Living Seas Manager, Dr Sarah Perry heads up the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ Living Seas Marine Team based at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC). She is responsible for managing the Living Seas team, the CBMWC, managing the scientific research as well as managing and developing the overall work of the Living Seas team.
Sarah has been involved with CBMWC since 2003 when she first came to New Quay as a volunteer and has been involved ever since! Sarah studied Zoology at the University of Liverpool and has a PhD on developing predictive habitat models of megafauna distribution from Aberystwyth University.
Sarah is a marine biologist with a passion for the marine environment and has played a major role in the development of the CBMWC. Previously as Project Manager her work has included redeveloping the CBMWC visitor centre, managing the research work as well as the day to day operations and development of the CBMWC as well as coordinating all the fantastic volunteers involved in the project. Sarah has been involved in studying the bottlenose dolphins and other marine megafauna in Cardigan Bay for over 15 years and has also previously worked for Wildlife Trusts Wales as Marine Campaigns and Advocacy Officer, her work there focusing on Marine Act implementation alongside other well known eNGO’s.
Laura first joined the CBMWC, Living Seas Team as a volunteer in March 2015, before becoming the Living Seas Volunteer Coordinator later the same year. She was instrumental in helping us to achieve the Investing in Volunteers (Iiv) Award for our volunteering programme in 2017.
in April 2018 Laura became the Living Seas Wales Project Officer for the south and west Wales area. She is working on our Living Seas Wales Project in collaboration with North Wales Wildlife Trust’s marine team.
Laura has always been passionate about marine mammals and the marine environment. She studied Zoology with Marine Zoology at Bangor University, graduating in 2012. After leaving university she spent 7 months as an intern studying bottlenose dolphin behaviour at the BDRI in Sardinia. Laura assisted with land and boat based field work, data entry and photo identification of dolphins.
She returned to university in 2013 to study Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter, graduating in 2014. Her masters project focused on communication in European fiddler crabs.
Marine mammal acoustician Dr Stephanie King
Stephanie is a marine mammal acoustician who has over 10 years experience working in the marine mammal field. Stephanie originally volunteered at CBMWC in 2006, assisting with CBMWC’s bottlenose dolphin photo-identification. She gained both her Masters and PhD on marine mammal acoustic behaviour from the Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St Andrews and has previously worked as an environmental consultant looking at the effects of anthropogenic noise on marine mammals. Stephanie’s work has led her all over the world working with many different Tursiops populations as well as other species. Stephanie is now a Society in Science, Branco Weiss Fellow and is based in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Most of her research has focused on bottlenose dolphin communication and their use of highly individualised signature whistles. In her spare time she volunteers at the CBMWC to facilitate the collection of acoustic data.