Dr Richard Smith
Dr Smith studied marine ecology and evolution, completing the first ecological research on pygmy seahorses as part of his Phd to become one of the world’s leading experts.
Richard spent a number of years as the in-house naturalist at Wakatobi Dive Resort Indonesia and more recently has been the resident marine biologist on board the Dewi Nusantara luxury liveaboard and at Siladen Resort & Spa. An acclaimed photographer and engaging speaker, his work has been published widely in the UK, USA, Europe, Singapore and Australia, including his regular column for Scuba Diver magazine.
He also supports conservation initiatives such as ARKive, The Zoological Society of London, EDGE of Existence (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) and iSeahorse (a citizen science program) with images and expertise. Richard has travelled widely throughout the Asia Pacific region and regularly leads trips to some of the world’s top dive destinations.