After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Tourism, Iris has worked in the field of marine conservation for over 5 years, taking care of communications and marketing for various organisations; from the first dive centre in the world to achieve a WWF 4-star rating, to a marine conservation NGO in the heart of the coral triangle. Marine conservation and storytelling are her passion, and to educate people and spread awareness through compelling storytelling and writing is her goal.

As Communications and Media Manager, Iris makes complex issues like climate change digestible for the wider public and translates BCSS’s data and research into content that everyone understands.

Iris is based in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia and often visits Mozambique, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.

Latest articles by Iris

Cyclone Freddy: Impact on Benguerra Island & Marine Environment

This article is written by Iris Uijttewaal, with contribution from Dr. Mario Lebrato. Lasting over 5 weeks, and traversing the Indian Ocean from Australia to Mozambique, C4 Cyclone Freddy hit Mozambique two times in 2023; the Bazaruto Archipelago and Vilankulos

The UN High Seas Treaty: A Breakthrough for the Ocean’s Health

For nearly two decades, the United Nations member states negotiated on a legal framework that would protect large areas of the ocean, and on the 4th of March, finally an agreement has been reached during the Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biodiversity

Manta Rays in the Bazaruto Archipelago

Encountering a manta ray is a magical experience, and not uncommon in the Bazaruto Archipelago seascape. Both the reef manta ray (Mobula alfredi) and giant manta ray (Mobula birostris) are found in these waters. With manta season around the corner, we are already seeing

Job opportunity: BCSS is looking for a Research Manager

BCSS is looking for an experienced person in marine sciences to join our Ocean Observatory in the Bazaruto Archipelago to permanently manage and execute a variety of projects under the research station themes, as well as lead the scientific training

2022: Our Year in Review

We look back at a successful 2022 of both regional and international big steps for marine science and conservation. It’s been a busy year filled with open ocean expeditions, new scientific papers we contributed to, on-site scientific training programs, spectacular

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