CHERYL SANCHEZ

PhD Student

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I am a coastal/island biologist with several years of working in leadership positions for conservation organizations in Florida, Cape Verde and the Seychelles. Most recently, I was privileged to work on the UNESCO world heritage site Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles, for 2.5 years as science coordinator with the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF). This experience allowed me to be a part of several targeted projects as well as lead the long-term monitoring projects, developed for informing SIF management for conservation and protection purposes.


I am a PhD student at the University of Pisa with Prof. Paolo Casale. For my PhD, I will work alongside SIF and the Aldabra research team, and the research will focus on the, distribution, abundance, and foraging ecology of marine megafauna on Aldabra, to begin linking these threatened species to the habitats they use and the roles they play within those systems.