I believe in a society that is committed to sustainable coral reefs. We can achieve this if we let our inner scientist, explorer, leader and superhero emerge. I provide opportunities for people to do so. I am Marine Biologist (Ph.D.) and SCUBA Diving Instructor specialized in coral reef ecology, connectivity and rehabilitation. After 10 years living abroad, I am now in my Colombia to continue working on my goal. I am determined to capitalise on the expertise and knowledge gained till now, loyal to my idea of connecting reef users and scientists in order to enhance coral reef conservation in Colombia and abroad. I hope you join me in this new journey.
"Phanor was an exceptional research student during his Master’s degree. He was by far one of the best research students I have had to date."
"Phanor is one of those rare people who combine enormous energy and ability with adaptability."
" Phanor is an excellent problem-oriented marine scientist, with great expertise in coral biology and coral reefs both in the field and in the laboratory."
Leading the application of innovative strategies for coral reef protection and restoration. Promoting the active participation of the dive tourism in coral reef conservation. Pioneering large-scale restoration of Colombia´s coral reefs.
I provide support to Nature Seychelles´ research and work on reef restoration and other marine conservation related issues.
I assisted in the design of the 2nd phase of the Reef Rescuers Project and we raised US250K from USAID, which allowed us to assess the effectiveness of coral transplantation as a tool to enhance coral reef resilience and resistance to bleaching – Proof of Concept. I developed and lectured the 2015 Reef Rescuers Training Program, the first professional development program in large-scale coral reef restoration using the coral gardening concept.
I promoted the support of national and international coral reef conservation strategies by pioneering the first dive volunteering organization in Colombia. I designed, organized, conducted and fundraised for Reef Checks, beach and underwater clean-ups, mooring buoy installations and coral spawning expeditions. I hired, trained, supervised and motivated a small team of administrative and volunteer staff members. I developed collaborations between artisanal fishermen, scientists and recreational divers to launch conservation strategies for the National Natural Tayrona Park, Colombia.
Corales de Paz realiza la expedición "Reef Check Tayrona"
Dr Phanor Montoya-Maya shared the Reef Rescuers work.
The outbreak killed countless fish and other organisms but corals...
Training course launched to share coral gardening success.
Top scientists attempt to jump-start nature in the Seychelles by restoring its devastated coral reefs.
Dr Montoya-Maya was awarded his PhD in Biology for ...
A visiting marine expert has criticised the KZN Sharks Board for failing...