Andrea Marshall

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Andrea Marshall
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Marshall in 2012
Known forResearch into manta rays
Scientific career
FieldsMarine biology
InstitutionsManta Ray & Whale Shark Research Center at Tofo Beach, Mozambique
Thesis (2008)

Andrea Marshall is a marine biologist known for her research into manta rays, and a founder of the Marine Megafauna Foundation.[1] She was the subject of the Natural World documentary Andrea: Queen of Mantas.[2]

She completed her PhD on manta rays in 2008 and now works at the Manta Ray & Whale Shark Research Center at Tofo Beach, Mozambique, where she also lives.[3]

She is credited with the inclusion of manta rays in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES).[1] She gave a TED talk in 2012[3] and was named a National Geographic "Emerging Explorer" in 2013.[4]

She developed Manta Matcher, an online citizen science database for identifying individual manta rays from their unique markings.[5]



  1. ^ a b "Andrea Marshall, Conservation Biologist". National Geographic Society. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Andrea: Queen of Mantas". Natural World. Season 2009-2010. Episode 3. 2009. BBC. Retrieved 2014-01-19.
  3. ^ a b "Andrea Marshall". Marine Megafauna Foundation. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Emerging Explorers Program". National Geographic Society. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  5. ^ Town, Christopher; Marshall, Andrea; Nutthaporn, Sebastien (2013). "Manta Matcher: automated photographic identification of manta rays using keypoint features". Ecology and Evolution. 3 (7): 1902–1914. doi:10.1002/ECE3.587. PMC 3728933. PMID 23919138.

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