Name: Jillo Katello Wato (on the right in the photo)

Where he works: Kenya Wildlife Service, Kisite -Mpunguti Marine Park and Reserve

Job title: Research Officer

What is your favorite part of your job?

Diving and exploring the underwater world where everything is so marvelously interconnected.

What challenge comes up regularly as part of your work?

Resource use conflict due to lack of understanding of the importance of conservation by sections of community resource users, hence resource degradation such as dynamite fishing.

What is one of your favorite online resources for learning more about reef resilience (Besides this website or

Basically I rely on The Nature Conservancy and Reef Resilience sites. Thank you!

If you could ask Rod Salm anything, what would you ask?

Is the huge size of a coral reef colony always an indicator of resilience?

What is the scariest thing you’ve seen in your work?

The scariest thing I saw was the size of the waves in Kiunga Marine Reserve in northern Kenya after our boat capsized well out to sea and left us swimming for our lives for an hour late in the evening. 

In 10 years, where do you see yourself living and working?

I would love to be working anywhere in the West Indian Ocean region where I can contribute to research and conservation of our precious marine environment, particularly its fragile coral reefs.

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Comment by Jillo Katello Wato on October 21, 2013 at 10:15am

Thank you all my colleagues. Keep up the good work!

Comment by Cherie Wagner on October 3, 2013 at 1:14pm

Thanks for sharing this with us Jillo! I am really interested to hear what Rod's answer is to your question about coral size and resilience...or anyone else's comments about this.

Comment by Yasser Saied on October 1, 2013 at 4:16pm

I can see a dedicated conservationist,,,,,,,,, watch up for the waves,,,,,,All the best my friend,,,,

Comment by Volanirina Ramahery on October 1, 2013 at 2:58am

a great marine scientist in the making !! wish you all the best Jillo...

Comment by Petra MacGowan on September 30, 2013 at 5:13pm

I am so glad you are doing what you do Jillo!  Your work is inspiring and having people like you, with your energy and passion is so important to conserve reefs and the resources communities depend on.  Thanks for all you do!


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