What we do
Founder and director
Francis (he/him/his) started his career working for the French Ministry of Environment, then the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. at the Environment Department before becoming a consultant. He has been working for more than 20 years in providing services related to the conservation and sustainable use of natural – terrestrial, coastal and marine – resources including international cooperation projects development, implementation and evaluation worldwide. Further experience includes policy analysis and recommendations, project development and evaluation, capacity building and communication, education and public awareness (he was the international coordinator of the International Year of the Reef in 2008). Francis also has a strong interest in Marine Protected Areas and developed several tools to evaluate their effectiveness. These experiences combined allowed him to acquire a comprehensive understanding of international negotiations while developing a strong global network with the international marine community. He has also been spending a fair amount of time working closely with on-the-ground realities faced by the – marine – protected managers and other stakeholders, hence developing a comprehensive vision of the local communities and governmental policies toward marine protection in various part of the world.
For the last 15 years, Francis has been involved in the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI). He acted as strategic advisor to most of the governments who have chaired ICRI (USA, France, Australia, Japan among others). He is currently ICRI’s coordinator on behalf of the government of the United States of America. He is also a member of the Steering committee of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) and a strategic advisor to the French Coral Reef Initiative.
Francis Staub has been involved in a number of publications, all of which can be found here.
Senior Project Manager
Tom’s (he/him/his) experience lays at the boundary between science and conservation action, developing and delivering international conservation projects for the protection, restoration and sustainable use of coral reefs, associated ecosystems and the marine environment. Working alongside stakeholders and resource managers, Tom has designed, and advised on, real-time solutions for the amelioration of ecosystem services through international collaborations and multi-lateral workflows. Tom’s experience centres around coral reefs and coastal systems, marine spatial planning and ecological monitoring. He has delivered projects focusing on strengthening Marine Protected Area management effectiveness in the Mediterranean, Monsterrat, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Tom joined Blue Pangolin in 2021 as the Senior Project Manager to provide strategic support and evaluation to the wide range of active, and prospective, projects in tandem with expanding Blue Pangolin’s client base. Tom works alongside clients to facilitate the realisation of conservation-focused goals by providing technical assistance and expertise on international, national and local scales. He was selected as one of 16 “IMPAC5’s Young Professional Committee Members” and is an active member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, a member of three UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration Task-forces (Aquatic and Transitional Ecosystems, Best Practice and Monitoring Restoration), and supports three International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) ad-hoc committees; Resilience-based Management, Reef Restoration and Coral Post-2020 Target.
Tom Dallison has been involved in a number of publications, all of which can be found here.
Fiona’s (She/Her/Hers) experience lies in developing and delivering community-led marine conservation programmes in Madagascar, the Caribbean and the Philippines aimed at building coastal resilience. Her experience focuses on tropical habitat conservation through capacity building, environmental education and fisheries management, as well as monitoring the impacts of anthropogenic activity on reef, mangrove and seagrass ecosystems.
Working with a wide variety of stakeholders, from government ministries to local park tour guides and schoolchildren, she is able to communicate fluently in both French and English. From 2016, Fiona worked as a marine mammal medic for BDMLR and was involved in community outreach and educational awareness campaigns regarding strandings. She also has valuable experience in coral reef ecology, Marine Protected Areas, human-wildlife conflict and marine mammal conservation alongside the complexities of social, cultural and environmental pressure faced by coastal communities, enabling her to build effective conservation strategies.
Fiona joined Blue Pangolin as a project officer in May 2023 to support the ongoing development, implementation, and communication of the Marine Mammals Management Tool Kit: a toolkit for MPA managers and policy managers to effectively conserve marine mammals.
Margaux (she/her/hers) has spent the past several years managing and organising marine conservation projects in diverse reef environments around the world, including Honduras, Cambodia and the Maldives. Her experience focused on increasing coral reef resilience to climate change through collaborative work, research and outreach, resulting in invaluable insights into working amongst multidisciplinary teams of experts enabling her to adequately deliver successful project outcomes.
Margaux’s most recent research focused on the reproductive patterns of Acropora in the Maldives, as well as coupling asexual propagation methodologies with the use of coral larvae for restoration, further strengthening her knowledge of coral reefs and their associated ecosystems.
Margaux believes the ability to communicate effectively across disciplines fosters collaboration, innovation and guides informed decision-making. It also motivates people to help protect the ocean. She currently works voluntarily as the blog manager for Women in Ocean Science, a global community created to inspire, connect and empower women in marine science.
Margaux joined Blue Pangolin Consulting in May 2023 to support the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat, and its members, and drive the implementation of the Plan of Action 2021 – 2024: Turning the Tide for Coral Reefs. Blue Pangolin is the Designated Administrative Representative of ICRI.