Rory’s underwater experiences began while working on a citizen science project in Tobago, conducting surveys of coral reefs with Coral Cay Conservation. After completing a degree in foreign languages, and returning to his hometown London, it wasn’t long before Rory felt the lure of the ocean. Thanks to serendipitous circumstances (and some words from President JFK) he soon quit office life to pursue his dream job of working with great white sharks in Australia.
After moving to Australia, he spent several year leading expeditions in the wild Southern Ocean conducting research and making films on great white sharks. He gained a Masters in Marine Science from James Cook University, completing a research project on shark repellent technologies. He then began his career with Lindblad, first to the Arctic, then South America, and eventually to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the South Pacific. Rory has also worked for Reef Check Australia leading reef health monitoring surveys and coordinating volunteer and conservation projects around South East Queensland. In 2020 he commenced a PhD in Ecological Engineering, which involves the building of a ‘Living Seawall’ in the Port of Gladstone, at CQUniversity where he also works as a researcher on coastal ecosystems.