OUR TEAM

Our Team

ABOUT

Our Team

Meet the Board

Professor Tinka Murk is chair of the Marine Animal Ecology (MAE) research group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. As volunteer she is chair of the REEFolution Foundation. Her experience as researcher and passionate diver is brought to great use within the foundation. In her research she focuses on adaptation of marine animals to changing environments and that is exactly what coral reefs are dealing with right now.

Tinka Murk

Chair

Eric Stokman is an enthusiastic entrepreneur, diver and secretary of the REEFolution foundation. Being an entrepreneur, it should not come as a surprise that the REEFolution was his initiative. During his business in Kenya, his passion for diving brought him to the coast. It was at this point that he discovered the true beauty of Kenya as well as the need for restoration. He therefore brought in the biological expertise of Tinka Murk and Ronald Osinga.

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Dr Ronald Osinga is the true coral expert as well as treasurer of our team. He is assistant professor at the Marine Animal Ecology group of Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and his research focuses on the ecophysiology of corals and sponges. Together with master students, he keeps tab on the quality of our coral cultures and tries to find ways to optimize both growing conditions and techniques for reef restoration.

Eric Stokman

Secretary

Ronald Osinga

Treasurer

As part of her Master’s degree, Michelle Marijt explored and optimized local coral gardening and  as volunteer supported the startup of the REEFolution foundation and project REEFolution Kenya. She graduated as Master Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management at Wageningen University in 2016. Currently she focuses on PR & Social Media to spread the message of REEFolution.

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Michelle Marijt

PR and Social Media

Cor Knoester joined our REEFolution team to help with PR & Sponsoring. His experience with coaching and managing is increasingly important during the growth of our foundation. He monitors and leads sponsoring opportunities that give us the ability to fund our coral restoration and educational activities.

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Cor Knoester

PR and sponsoring

Ariens Kruijt joined our team in 2018. As passionate diver he got involved in our activities in Kenya and his main contribution to the REEFolution work concerns coordination of activities and communications.

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Ariëns Kruijt

Communication

Meet the Board

Professor Tinka Murk is chair of the Marine Animal Ecology (MAE) research group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. As volunteer she is chair of the REEFolution Foundation. Her experience as researcher and passionate diver is brought to great use within the foundation. In her research she focuses on adaptation of marine animals to changing environments and that is exactly what coral reefs are dealing with right now.

Tinka Murk

Chair

Eric Stokman is an enthusiastic entrepreneur, diver and secretary of the REEFolution foundation. Being an entrepreneur, it should not come as a surprise that the REEFolution was his initiative. During his business in Kenya, his passion for diving brought him to the coast. It was at this point that he discovered the true beauty of Kenya as well as the need for restoration. He therefore brought in the biological expertise of Tinka Murk and Ronald Osinga.

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Dr Ronald Osinga is the true coral expert as well as treasurer of our team. He is assistant professor at the Marine Animal Ecology group of Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and his research focuses on the ecophysiology of corals and sponges. Together with master students, he keeps tab on the quality of our coral cultures and tries to find ways to optimize both growing conditions and techniques for reef restoration.

Eric Stokman

Secretary

Ronald Osinga

Treasurer

As part of her Master’s degree, Michelle Marijt explored and optimized local coral gardening and  as volunteer supported the startup of the REEFolution foundation and project REEFolution Kenya. She graduated as Master Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management at Wageningen University in 2016. Currently she focuses on PR & Social Media to spread the message of REEFolution.

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Michelle Marijt

PR and Social Media

Cor Knoester joined our REEFolution team to help with PR & Sponsoring. His experience with coaching and managing is increasingly important during the growth of our foundation. He monitors and leads sponsoring opportunities that give us the ability to fund our coral restoration and educational activities.

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Cor Knoester

PR and sponsoring

Ariens Kruijt joined our team in 2018. As passionate diver he got involved in our activities in Kenya and his main contribution to the REEFolution work concerns coordination of activities and communications.

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Ariëns Kruijt

Communication

Meet the Board

Annelies has been involved since the beginning of our foundation; supporting our first steps and conveying the REEFolution message. In 2019, she officially became member of the board. As chair she carries out the REEFolution motto: People for Coral, Coral for People.

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Annelies de Jong

Chair

Eric Stokman is an enthusiastic entrepreneur, diver and secretary of the REEFolution foundation. Being an entrepreneur, it should not come as a surprise that the REEFolution was his initiative. During his business in Kenya, his passion for diving brought him to the coast. It was at this point that he discovered the true beauty of Kenya as well as the need for restoration. 

Eric Stokman

Secretary

Ariens Kruijt joined our team in 2018. Being passionate about diving he got involved in our activities in Kenya and helped the team with communication as well as REEFolution promotion.  Since 2019 he is our treasurer. In this position, he makes sure that every penny is spent wisely. 

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Ariëns Kruijt

Treasurer

As part of her Master’s degree, Michelle Marijt explored and optimized local coral gardening and  as volunteer supported the startup of the REEFolution foundation and project REEFolution Kenya. She graduated as Master Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management at Wageningen University in 2016. Currently she focuses on PR & Social Media to spread the message of REEFolution.

Michelle Marijt

PR and Social Media

Our advisory team

Professor Tinka Murk is chair of the Marine Animal Ecology (MAE) research group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her experience as researcher and passionate diver is brought to great use within the foundation. In her research she focuses on adaptation of marine animals to changing environments and that is exactly what coral reefs are dealing with.

Tinka Murk

Dr Ronald Osinga is our coral expert. He is assistant professor at the Marine Animal Ecology group of Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and his research focuses on the ecophysiology of corals and sponges. Together with master students, he keeps tab on the quality of our coral cultures and tries to find ways to optimize both growing conditions and techniques for reef restoration.

Ronald Osinga

Members on location

Ewout Knoester studied coral growing and restauration as one of the first master students during the start-up of REEFolution. In 2016, he graduated as master Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management at Wageningen University. He returned to Kenya to continue the coral restoration project by coördinating the fieldwork and guiding master students and volunteers. Currently he also conducts PhD research within the REEFolution project in Kenya.

Ewout Knoester

Field Coördinator Kenya

Pilli Pipa is a local dive center in Shimoni that relies on the beauty and diversity of the underwater world. Run by Harm and Selina Lutjeboer, they organize snorkel and dive safaris in the area. They support REEFolution by sharing their local knowledge, renting diving equipment and provide diving assistance.

 

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Pilli Pipa diving

Local assistance

A large part of our fieldwork is done by University students . They perform thesis research projects as part of their MSc. They manipulate structures, monitor coral growth, maintain coral nurseries and study ecosystem functions.With their projects, we optimise coral mariculture and restoration. Additionally, we are supported by visitors from all over the world that are dedicated to restore coral reefs and educate tourists and local people.

Students and Visitors

Project assistance