As well as a dedicated staff of its own, Ridge to Reef Expeditions enjoys the support of the full TIDE team!

The TIDE family includes rangers, scientists, managers, economists, educators, guides and more! Here are just some of the dedicated people you will work with during your expedition.

Caroline Oliver

Expedition Manager

Ms. Oliver has extensive experience in marine science and tourism that has taken her from the Bahamas to Rwanda. Now in Belize, Caroline is the Ridge to Reef Expeditions Manager. With a BSc in Environment, Economics & Ecology, an MSc in Conservation & Tourism, and four years running expeditions, Caroline brings an array of knowledge and experience conducting science research and monitoring. As a SCUBA divemaster, Ms. Oliver is passionate about marine conservation and protecting the unique ecosystems and species of Belize. Caroline joins participants on every step of the expedition, providing safety, knowledge, and fun.

Delonie Forman

Tours Manager

Ms. Forman brings over 7 years of eco-tourism and management experience to TIDE. As the TIDE Tours Manager, she works closely with Ridge to Reef participants and staff to coordinate weekly excursions to Toledo’s must-see sites and to ensure that their travel during the expedition is smooth and comfortable. At TIDE Ms. Forman coordinates and markets responsible travel expeditions for families and university groups, organizes TIDE’s annual Seafood Gala, and assists with organizing the Chocolate Festival of Belize. Ms. Foreman is passionate about the environment and sharing the natural beauty of her native Belize with visitors from all over the world.

Elmar Requena

Terrestrial Biologist

With a degree in Natural Resource Management and certificates in ecology and botany, Mr. Requena serves as TIDE’s terrestrial biologist and the CLP Hicatee Research and Education Group team leader. Elmar joined TIDE in 2008, and has extensive experience in monitoring marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and managing research projects on behalf of universities and NGOs, like the Wildlife Conservation Society. During Expeditions, Mr. Requena works with participants on terrestrial biodiversity monitoring activities. He attributes his profound knowledge of the local environment and understanding of agriculture and biodiversity conservation to having grown up on a family farm in nearby San Pedro Columbia. His love and enthusiasm for nature is contagious and inspiring.

Tanya Barona

Marine Biologist

Ms. Barona hails from the Corozal district in northern Belize and brings to TIDE a deep passion for all things marine. Ms. Barona has a degree in Marine Science and extensive knowledge and experience working with conservation organizations throughout Belize including, the Southern Environmental Association, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Environmental Research Institute. When not in the field, you can find Tanya at TIDE headquarters working hard on research projects and data analysis for TIDE’s science programs. During the Expedition you can count on Tanya to share her expertise of aquatic life in Belize’s waters, the Belize Barrier Reef, and all things related to coral.

Mario Muschamp

Protected Areas Manager

Mr. Muschamp is TIDE’s longest tenured staff, starting as a ranger in 1999. Now serving as the Protected Areas Manager, Mario manages Payne’s Creek National Park, all terrestrial staff, and the Port Honduras Marine Reserve. Mario is the leading expert in fire management in Belize and has extensive experience working in marine and terrestrial environments. Mr. Muschamp is from Monkey River and splits his time between the Payne’s Creek field station and TIDE headquarters.

Eugenio Ah 

Assistant Terrestrial Manager

Mr. Ah is TIDE’s Assistant Terrestrial Manager. Stationed at the TIDE Private Protected Lands (TPPL) Mr. Ah oversees the management and preservation of TPPL by maintaining the abundant biodiversity and natural resources in the area. Mr. Ah manages projects such as reforestation, regulations enforcement, research and monitoring, and updating the field station’s learning center. Mr. Ah is a champion of community conservation and the role of local residents in resource management. He is also active in TIDE’s annual Summer Camp, as he strongly believes in giving children the chance to see and experience nature first hand in order to foster life long love and stewardship for the environment.

Martin Ack

Tour Guide

Mr. Ack grew up in the Ke’kchi Maya village of San Miguel. As TIDE’s tour guide he loves sharing his knowledge of Maya culture and showing guests and Ridge to Reef participants the archeological sites and Maya history in Toledo. Through his passion for conservation Martin is pursuing a degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Belize and views himself as a responsible steward of natural resources. Martin is an asset to the Ridge to Reef team as he guides participants on excursions throughout the expedition. From zip lining to cave tours Martin ensures that each participant enjoys a true Belizean adventure.

James Foley

Science Director

Mr. Foley is originally from the UK but calls Belize home. With an MSc in Tropical Coastal Management, Mr. Foley has served as the research director and executive director for the Roatán Marine Park Association in Honduras. He has an abundance of work experience on conservation and sustainable development issues from Mexico to Nicaragua. His passion lies in working in cross-cutting disciplines to achieve sustainable Integrated Coastal Zone Management. During expeditions Mr. Foley provides participants with thorough background knowledge on TIDE’s science research and monitoring programs, methods, and data analysis.

Willie Caal

TIDE Community Researcher

Mr. Caal joined TIDE’s community researcher team in 2012 and is one of our longest-standing and most accomplished members of this team. As a community researcher, Mr. Caal is active within the Research and Monitoring department, regularly taking part in monitoring programs within the Port Honduras Marine Reserve, surveying coral, fish, conch and lobster, to name but a few. He takes part in many additional opportunities through TIDE, attending workshops and training seminars, and now represents TIDE at international conferences. Since he began working at TIDE, Mr. Caal has completed his Associates Degree in Natural Resource Management, earned his RYA Powerboat Level 2 boat captain license, and advanced to PADI Rescue Diver. Mr. Caal is an experienced member of the R2R field team, delivering in-situ methods training, leading fieldwork and being on hand to help volunteers 24 hours a day.