Raised into a family of avid divers, Francesca received her scuba certification at early age. Her passion for the underwater world sparked a constant interest which she carried with her to school, receiving her MSc in Marine and Environmental Science from the University of Bologna, Italy in 2004. On June 2008 she decided it was time for a lifestyle change and a closer connection to the ocean, so she moved to Bonaire where she began working as a Dive Instructor. In 2012, Francesca was asked to get involved with the initial coral nursery set up and since then she has been dedicating herself to the Reef Renewal project development. Francesca’s love for the ocean and her passion for reef restoration is a wonderful combination that leaves divers and volunteers happy to help, inspired to continue and excited to be part of the future of our reefs.
Bridget came to Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire from the United States with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science-Biology from The University of Tampa. Before becoming a team member, she focused her time on reef conservation while also working within the diving and resort recreation industries. Reef Renewal’s passion for experiential education is one of the many reasons Bridget is so excited to be working with an organization dedicated to innovative, effective, and inclusive ocean conservation.