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Miriam Staiger

Key Opinion Ambassador

Miriam is MUI’s Research Coordinator at Six Senses Laamu. She is a passionate marine biologist, scientific illustrator and diver. Miri grew up in the black forest in Germany, far away from the sea – yet she’s always had a passion for the underwater world. During her Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences she learned to dive in Mozambique and since then dedicated her life to marine research and conservation. After moving to Sweden to study her master’s in marine biology she specialised in shark ecology during her thesis, while working as a researcher in a shark conservation organisation in South Africa.

When the pandemic brought everything to a stop, Miriam discovered a new way of connecting people with sea: art! She’s written and illustrated a children’s book about sharks, supported numerous environmental campaigns such as #StopFinningEU and became a scientific illustrator, supporting the research of organisations such as the Manta Trust and currently the Olive Ridley Project.

Miri’s first job in the Maldives, was as an intern with the Maldivian Manta Ray Project in Baa Atoll, conducting research on manta rays that come to feed in their hundreds in famous Hanifaru Bay. In her role here as Research Coordinator, Miri oversees MUI’s marine research projects, such as monitoring the health of Laamu’s seagrass meadows and coral reefs, as well as identifying the population dynamics of Laamu’s megafauna, in particular sharks.