3 Oct October 3, 2019 in Field ScientistTimor-Lesteasiem@blueventures.orgAsiem is a marine biologist and PADI dive instructor, with a Master’s in Marine Science from Calcutta University and a Master’s in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation from Imperial College London. He has worked on various aspects of marine conservation, ranging from species-level monitoring of sea turtles and pelagic sea birds, to advocating sustainable livelihoods to fishing communities, to understanding coral reef ecology and the communities that reefs sustain. An islander at heart, he has enjoyed working in the Andamans, Bermuda, Cape Verde, Madagascar, Vietnam and Croatia earlier, where he has also built upon his love for languages by endeavouring to learn the local language of the place. A strong proponent of engaging local communities to fulfil conservation goals through active participation and stewardship, he loves to integrate with their culture while working amongst them. A compulsive traveller, he enjoys exploring lands and life. He is an avid reader, a keen bird watcher and an occasional cook, and also spends his spare time in creative pursuits such as sketching and writing about the natural world. He welcomes the challenge of a good board-game, and is a self-professed Bananagrams whiz.