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Robert Hofrichter


Dr. Robert Hofrichter

Initiator, scientific advisor

Dr. Robert Hofrichter, MSc, zoologist/biologist, is of Austrian nationality. He is author and editor of numerous books (biological and cultural topics), among them the 3-volume encyclopaedia “The Mediterranean”. He is a freelance scientific associate of the Zoological Institute at Salzburg University and lecturer at the Institute for Marine Biology on Giglio Island (Italy). He is also a freelance journalist and distinguished nature photographer. Robert Hofrichter is founder and president of the Austrian NGO “Forum Natur und Zukunft” and in 2002 initiated the “Sinai Environmental Centre”, which is now the "Red Sea Environmental Centre”.

Email: robert.hofrichter(at)


Christian Alter

MSc Biologist Christian von Mach

RSEC Coordinator

Christian von Mach is the coordinator of RSEC. He is a biologist and a coral specialist. His experience as bio dive guide and ambitious UW-photographer let him become an excellent connoisseur of the Red Sea coral reefs and its inhabitants. He is not permanent but temporarily at the fieldstation and otherwise working in RSEC Office in Germany and coordinating the actitivites from there. He is mainly giving 2 weeks courses, Reef Check and Conservation Project Training as well as supervising scientific guests and university groups.


Email: chrisvonmach(at)


Victoria von Mach

MSc Victoria von Mach

Biologist and Reef Check Trainer at RSEC

Vicky studied zoology, biological oceanography and fishery sciences at the University of Hamburg. In summer 2005 she worked for six weeks as a volunteer at the RSEC Fieldstation Dahab. Fascinated by the underwater life, especially the reef fishes, of the Red Sea, she moved to Dahab in 2007. Vicky collected the data of her master thesis in the Gulf of Aqaba, concerning cooperative hunting behavior of moray eels and groupers. Since summer 2008 she is Reef Check Scientist, joining several Reef Check surveys on site. Vicky is Divemaster with more than 500 dives, whereof 250 are work dives.

Email: vicvonmach(at)


Nina Milton

MSc Biologist Nina Milton

Manager RSEC Fieldstation Dahab

Nina Milton is with RSEC since February 2008. She is supervising our volunteers and scientific guests during their stay and work in Dahab. She is also conducting most of our marine biological courses. She has a MSc degree in marine biology from the University of Oslo (Norway). In 2005 she carried out fieldwork for her Master thesis on coral reefs outside Hurghada city coast where she looked at damage to hard corals by snorkelers.



Email: nina.milton(at)

  Nina Milton  

Aylin Maria Aras

Freelancer / Assistent RSEC Dahab

In 2015 Aylin successfully completed her Master of Science degree in Marine Ecosystem and Fishery Science with a focus on oceanography at the University of Hamburg (Germany). During her master thesis she investigated the diversity of the coral and reef fish fauna at different dive sites in the Dahab area as well as the habitat preferences of selected fish species. She first worked as a volunteer at RSEC in summer 2014 where she collected data for her thesis. Afterwards she was leader of the summer academy and assisted with the Dahab Reef Monitoring.
During her time in Egypt Aylin acquired an extensive knowledge of the resident fish fauna and fish behaviour and this year she is acting as a qualified divemaster and contact in Dahab. Furthermore, as a passionate diver, she is guiding fluorescence and biological guided dives.

Email: aylin(at)


Jana Hildebrand

Jana Hildebrand


Jana is a student of Coastal and Marine Management with a focus on Marine Biology in the Netherlands. She first worked as a volunteer at RSEC in the summer of 2012. Later she assisted several projects in Dahab. She is a passionate diver and Divemaster. Jana takes a great interest in coral research and conservation. Furthermore, she loves to pass on her knowledge to others.


Email: jana(at)