Annabelle Brooks has more than ten years of marine ecology experience conducted in the Bahamas and in the Indian Ocean. Annabelle is head of research at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, which includes studies on invasive lionfish, sharks, sea turtles, queen conch, and bonefish.
Why sea turtles?
Through studying sea turtles I have the opportunity to interact with what I believe to be one of the most charismatic of marine species,” Mrs. Brooks told Earthwatch. The beauty of these ancient creatures leaves me in awe and inspired to contribute towards their continued existence in our oceans.
Great moment in the field:
Ever since I was a child I was fascinated by the ocean and the sea creatures living beneath its surface. Now I am fortunate to be conducting marine research and have done so in some beautiful parts of the world. One of the things I love about my work is that every foray into the marine environment provides a new experience—without fail. I've studied a variety of systems and species on Eleuthera since 2005, but it took seven years for me to see my first manta ray in the Atlantic!