Dr. Dayne Buddo
Dr. Buddo serves as the Director of External Engagement for the Georgia Aquarium. Prior to joining Georgia Aquarium, Dr. Buddo was the Director of the Bay Academy – Bay Ecotarium, San Francisco CA, USA. Before moving to the United States, he served as a tenured faculty member at the University of the West Indies (Jamaica) in marine sciences for a decade, with responsibility for marine research and teaching at the Discovery Bay Marine Lab. Dr. Buddo was also CEO and Research Director for the Alligator Head Foundation and Marine Lab focusing on marine protected areas. He was also the Marine Conservation Adviser for the TBA21-Academy, an Art Foundation in Europe centered on ocean conservation and climate change.
Dayne currently sits on the Board of Advisers for The Ocean Foundation, Fisheries Development Management Fund, National Conservation Trust Fund Grant Committee, NAUI Green Diver Initiative (WAV Alliance) and continues to support several delegations to major United Nations Conferences on climate change and ocean conservation.
Dayne is a certified PADI Master Instructor, Advanced Rebreather Diver, an Emergency First Response® (First Aid/CPR/AED) Instructor, as well as a Hyperbaric (Recompression) Chamber Safety Director. He has conducted over 8,000 scientific dives mainly assessing marine habitats, lionfish research and control as well as habitat restoration.