Andry Rasolomaharavo, originally from Madagascar, was part of the Year 14 GEBCO Program and has stayed on to complete an internship program at CCOM with Dr. Semme Dijkstra and Dr. Jennifer Dijkstra. His work is mainly based on using a Phase Differencing Echosounder EdgeTech 6205 to identify kelp in a study site located around the Isle of Shoals. The goal of the study is to establish how far can seabed habitat can be seen using this system and how patchy the habitat is. Adding to this, ground truth video recording is also being collected.
Before coming to UNH, Andry worked in Madagascar for the Secretary of State in charge of the Sea where he managed a service in charge for the Coordination and Planning of the maritime space. His work was mainly based on Marine Spatial Planning MSP, combined with GIS. Adding to that, he has a background as a marine ecologist. He earned a master's degree in marine ecology in 2014 at the University of Antananarivo, the Faculty of Science, the Department of Animal Biology where his project was mainly on marine ecological monitoring—assessing the state of vitality of coral reef ecosystem on the eastern coast of Madagascar, facing Anthropogenic threats. He took few case studies, such as mining, tourism, and port infrastructure.
For his future perspective, Andry is looking for a Ph.D. opportunity. He would like to continue working on habitat characterization, using mapping tools, but is also open to a broad range of subjects covering ocean bathymetry. He is eager to grow his professional career and will find any advice valuable.
Andry has a PADI Open Water diving certificate and dives both for fun and for work.