Manta Mania 2018
Pricing & Travel
Workshop costs (including workshop and accomodations):
$1699- Standard Room
$1799- Oceanview Room
$1999- Deluxe Oceanview Room
Prices do not include airfare. If you fly from Guam, you are eligible for a group rate on your flight
Accomodations provided by the luxurious Manta Ray Bay Resort in Yap, Micronesia. Scuba diving excursions conveniently arranged through Yap Divers, based out of the Manta Ray Bay Resort. Visit their websites to find out more about the Resort and Yap Divers by following the links below:
MRB Resort: http://www.mantaray.com
Yap Divers: http://www.mantaray.com/diving
Enjoy a cold glass of beer made from our own micro-brewery
Enjoy Yap's world-class diving
Learn from field experts about research and technology
Meet scientists and enthusiasts from around the world
Get up close and personal with Yap's manta rays, like Bridget
Dive with the experts to become a citizen scientist
Diving- Experience world-class diving through Yap Divers, including the many Manta Ray mating sites, sightings of the beautiful mandarin fish, and plenty of sharks!
Research & Presentations- Learn about manta and shark research from scientists and participate in hands-on field research alongside them!
Culture & Hospitality- Experience Yapese culture through village visits, cultural displays, and eco-tours. Enjoy Yapese hospitality with a daily breakfast buffet and beachside bbqs with the team.
Image by Brad Holland
Dr. Sonia J. Rowley
Dr. Sonia J. Rowley is a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawai’i, Research Associate at the Bishop Museum, and Chief Science Officer for the non-profit organisation the Association for Marine Exploration. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Sir. David Attenborough Award for Fieldwork, and recently elected Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London.
Sonia specializes in the evolution and diversity of gorgonian (sea fan) octocorals, particularly across different depths throughout the Indo-Pacific. Sonia has >34 years diving and expedition experience around the globe, and integrates advances in closed circuit rebreather diving technology with a suite of analytical research tools for her work. She endeavours to share her research discoveries especially with the local communities throughout the Indo-Pacific to assist in reef conservation measures. Sonia is particularly delighted to be part of Manta Mania as it provides the opportunity to share her experiences and excitement of these magnificent animals, as well as the many fascinating creatures she encounters at depth.
Roxanna Miller has been living on Guam for the past 11.5 years and graduated with her Master’s in Biology in 2011 from the University of Guam. Upon graduation, Miller worked for a small environmental consulting firm before she began working for the Guam Long-term Coral Reef Monitoring Program as the Guam NOAA Coral Fellow. After her fellowship ended, she was the Guam Marine Invasive Species Coordinator for a short period before returning to the Guam Long-term Coral Reef Monitoring Program as the Monitoring Technician in 2015. Since the birth of her second child in 2016 she has taken a leave of absence but remains one of Guam’s coral experts, remaining close to the ocean professional and personally as an avid paddler.
Dr. Mark Deakos
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