Mae Dorricott

Mae Dorricott is the European Rolex Scholar of the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society®. This prestigious scholarship is awarded to three individuals each year, one from North America, Australasia and Europe and gives young individuals who have a passion for the marine environment to pursue opportunities to help them forge a path for their future career.

Mae has been diving since she was 12 years old and has always been inspired by life underneath the sea. After a year volunteering and working as a Dive Master on a marine conservation project in Mexico, she attended Plymouth University to conduct her degree in Marine Biology. During her time studying she worked part-time at the National Marine Aquarium which sparked her interest in scientific communication as she loved engaging others in the blue world that captivated her own interest. This led her to Bristol after graduating at Plymouth to read Scientific Communication at UWE.

However, in the midst of her Masters, she applied for the OWUSS Rolex Scholarship and won, resulting in the amazing opportunity for her to be able to pursue a range of interests in a year of opportunity and adventure! As well as pushing her scuba diving limits, Mae hopes to get involved in communicating and studying the issues of marine plastic pollution and also be able to see parts of the planet she has only dreamt of.

“The marine environment is, in my opinion, the soul to our planet. In the vastness of the universe as we know it, we are the only planet to harbour life, and it’s due to the fact that we are a blue planet. So it makes sense to protect the seas, otherwise I feel there would be huge repercussions on our own health. MCS is a huge player in reaching out to individuals, big corporations and the government to give the oceans a voice when sometimes we forget about it in our big cities and modern way of life. One of the most important issues I think MCS is tackling is plastic pollution. Having seen, first hand, plastic not only on beaches but on coral reefs, kelp forests and in the bellies of turtles, this is the biggest problem we currently have to deal with. And we have to deal with it together.”

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