Dr. Putu Liza Kusuma Mustika (Icha) is the coordinator of Whale Stranding Indonesia and its web designer. She is a cetologist (whale and dolphin scientist) specialised in marine mammal tourism, Marine Mammal Protected Areas (MMPAs), stranding issues and bycatch. She is also interested in the conservation and management of whales and dolphins in developing countries in general. Currently living in Bali (Indonesia) and Townsville (Australia), Icha obtained her PhD from James Cook University in Australia. Icha is a a seasoned trainer for the national marine mammal stranding network. She is also a founder of the newly established CETASI. Click here for her publications and thoughts.
Februanty S. Purnomo (Yanti) is our database manager, particularly focusing on stranding data. She did her honours degree back in 1999 in Lovina, a work that eventually became the springboard for Icha's PhD work on dolphin tourism in Bali. She is interested in doing more research on marine mammal and fisheries interactions. Yanti is also a seasoned trainer for the national marine mammal stranding network and a very good program manager. For the last several years, Yanti has been working in climate change issues in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Yanti is also a founder of the newly established CETASI.
Adityo Setiawan (Adit) is our database manager, particularly focusing on training and management. Having worked in eastern Indonesia for several years, Adit is a natural spotter of whales and dolphins. In 2013, he completed his Masters degree on natural resource management from James Cook University in Australia. In addition to improving his stranding management skills, Adit's main focus is now on the design and management of Marine Mammal Protected Areas, which befits him because he also works at the Coral Triangle Center in Jakarta on the issues of Marine Protected Areas. Adit is also a founder of the newly established CETASI.
Meet our overseas freelance colleagues
Stefan Baier: "Anyone who dares to stand up and goes for what they believe in, who chases down their dream, those are the people I most admire. My passion is to work with people, be independent and to work in expressive media." Stefan has been with the Whale Stranding Indonesia since its conception in January 2013. He built the database from scratch and helped his fellow Indonesians raised the website profile in cyberspace and in the real world. Stefan is also the founder of Streamline Studios, a booming video game company based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Check his website, it's awesome!
Wong Ee Phin: Currently a lecturer at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia, Ee Phin was instrumental in establishing Whale Stranding Indonesia as an effective online database. Together with Stefan, she worked tirelessly to make the website up and running during the early days of its inception. Ee Phin has more than five years of working experience in Malaysia's conservation scene and was involved in several conservation projects under various Non-Government Organisation (i.e. World Wildlife Fund-Malaysia Programme and Wildlife Conservation Society) on conservation issues, ranging from wetlands to species conservation, and ground wildlife enforcement. In late 2016, Dr Wong finished her PhD on stress hormones in translocated and non-translocated elephants in Malaysia.
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