Sharmin Rouf MSc

Zoological Society of London, University of Plymouth


As part of the international collaborative team on the 'Cetacean Project' (ZSL, University of Plymouth, St Andrew’s University, Oceanswell and, Whale and Dolphin Co.) we are working towards answering the question; ‘is the Chagos Archipelago the last refuge for cetaceans?’.

As the Wildlife Observer onboard the patrol vessel in the Chagos Archipelago, I am responsible for data collection via the visual sighting methodology in a bid to disseminate information and understand the abundance and distribution of cetaceans within this region. There is a host of secondary species of interest ranging from seabirds, elasmobranchs and, sea turtles data that is collected opportunistically in hopes to feed into the wider Marine Science Programme’s projects for continuity of time series metadata.

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.

Leo Tolstoy


2023 Present
Wildlife Observer, ZSL, University of Plymouth
2021 2023
Programme Coordinator, Marine Science Programme, ZSL
2021 2021
Scientific and Conservation Diver, Indo-Ocean Project
2018 2019
MSc Tropical Marine Biology, University of Essex
2014 2017
BSc Biomedical Sciences, University of Westminster

Other Interests

I am also the European Regional Chair for Minorities in Shark Sciences: – if you’re interested in elasmobranchs – please get in contact.