Edy Setyawan


Though originally from Boyolali in Java and couldn’t swim until he was 19, Edy has been deeply involved in coral reef research and conservation in the Bird’s Head since 2012, when he first joined Conservation International to lead the monitoring team in Kaimana and Triton Bay. Prior to joining CI, Edy graduated in 2008 from the prestigious Bogor Institute of Agriculture (BSc in Marine Biology) where he learned scientific diving with Fisheries Diving Club (FDC-IPB), and then worked for the Indonesian Coral Reef Foundation (TERANGI) focused on monitoring the reefs and fisheries of Kepulauan Seribu National Marine Park.

While at CI from 2012-2014, Edy led monitoring efforts in the Kaimana MPA to establish baseline data on the status of the reefs and associated fish populations and helped to produce the zonation system for the MPA. After moving to Raja Ampat in 2013 and engaging with the Indonesian Manta Project, Edy became deeply interested in manta rays and eventually decided to leave CI to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Tasmania through Australia Awards Scholarship, focused on acoustic telemetry of Raja Ampat mantas.

Edy and his wife Shelly Tutupoho (also a scientist focusing on marine invertebrates and was based at the State University of Papua) have two young children whom they are raising in a manner to love the outdoors and nature as much as they do. Edy’s aim is to help ensure his children are able to enjoy even more amazing coral reefs in Indonesia than he has been privileged to experience.

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