Annabelle Brooks has over fifteen years of marine ecology experience conducted in The Bahamas and in the Indian Ocean, and has researched sea turtles for the last nine years. Following deployment as a fisheries observer in the north Atlantic, she completed her Masters degree in Marine and Fisheries Science at the University of Aberdeen (UK), and her thesis focused on coral reef fish ecology in The Bahamas. Based on Eleuthera since 2007, Annabelle was the Director of the Cape Eleuthera Institute, whose research programs include studies on invasive lionfish, sharks, sea turtles, sustainable fisheries, and coral reef ecology, so she has vast knowledge of the project site and great experience working with students from both the United States and The Bahamas. She is currently completing her PhD through the University of Exeter, UK.
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!