Coco Collection Greets New Interns

Mar, 17 2024

Coco Collection is thrilled to welcome our new interns through our ongoing collaboration with the University of Milano-Bicocca. This partnership aims to promote and strengthen scientific teaching, protect the fragile environment and its biodiversity, and find ways to work together to protect our coral gardens through coral rehabilitation and conservation.

Meet Alice Barbarioli, a young Italian who recently started her three-month internship programme at Coco Bodu Hithi. Alice is a passionate environmentalist who is currently pursuing an International Master’s Degree in Marine Sciences in order to personally contribute to the conservation of the oceans. During her stay on the island, she will take part in ongoing marine projects while supporting the Marine Biologist of Coco Bodu Hithi, Lauren Kennedy. She has previous hands-on experience in Maldives and in the Mediterranean Sea which further enriched her desire to study the marine environment.

Meanwhile, the associates of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu are overjoyed to finally introduce Piero Pagliantini who was expected to arrive to the island last April. However, he was only able to join us recently due to personal circumstances. Piero is a truly inspired individual who has been eager to joining us in order to gain a better understanding of the marine ecosystem. During his three-month internship he will be working beside the Marine Educator of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Rosalie Bailie. In addition, he will be gathering information for his master's thesis, which will examine the creatures that coexist with echinoderms, such as sea cucumbers and starfish.

To stay updated on our Coral Rehabilitation and Conservation initiative and to find out about the hidden biodiversity of Maldivian coral reefs, coral rehabilitation activities and more, follow us on Instagram @cococaresmv. 

Categories: Coco Cares