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Meet the team

The work done at Sharklab-Malta would not be possible without our incredible team of volunteers.

I'm Greg Nowell, founder of Sharklab-Malta, and the head of our organisation.
I take on the bulk of administrative and planning work and invest most of my “free”-time in the organisation.
People tell me that my endless passion, and knowledge of sharks infects other people to join our efforts and promotes Sharklab-Malta’s international and national cooperation.
Come and join us!

I am Pam Mason (married to Dave) and I am the Education Officer for Sharklab-Malta.
I am retired from paid work. Whilst working, I changed direction many times but never thought I would be a SHARK person, but there it is!
I teach dissections to interns and SOK students and am proud to report that since we started working with students, we have not had any damaged students (they all have the requisite number of fingers!). I have helped many interns to produce fabulous exhibits for our presentations.
I regularly work on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programme at primary and middle schools at their TINY TEEN SCIENCE CAFÉS & TEEN SCIENCE CAFÉS.
I am a scuba diver; teacher; caterer; mother; grandmother.

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I am Nick Pace and I'm the secretary of Sharklab Malta. My role is to deal with general questions and emails and to redirect them to the most suitable person within the organisation.
In a previous life I was a consultant anaesthetist and clinical director with responsibilities in a number of hospitals in Glasgow, Scotland. I also have worked in Wales, Dallas and Riyadh, where I learnt to dive in 1987. I returned to Malta in 2021, having left in 1978, and started volunteering with organisations such as Nature Trust, where I help with turtle rehabilitation and beach monitoring, Zibel (beach cleaning) and Din l'Art Helwa (more cleaning).
I've always been interested in the sea and last year I was recertified as a diver after a gap of 33 years (cold Scottish waters weren't as appealing as the warm waters of the Med.). My greatest disappointment is that majority of the volunteers in the above NGOs are young and non-Maltese. My drive is to increase Maltese participation.

I am Phil Reitti. I am the finance secretary for Sharklab-Malta.


No, it’s not Father Christmas taking his elves for their annual holiday – it’s me, Dave Mason! I am the Sharklab-Malta Membership secretary but I have had another life. I’ve been a medical researcher, road sweeper, University/College lecturer on subjects like human biology, information technology, communication studies, floor cleaning (so the road sweeping did come in handy after all!), computing for the terrified, business process reprogramming (no I didn’t know what it was either until I had to teach it!), a training co-ordinator, an examination writer, a mobile (no, not hanging from the ceiling and looking pretty, but having various roles in a department store to cover for staff shortages) – a varied working life.
I’ve run youth groups, shown scouts on camp how to build bridges, death slides and towers (one time all three in one go – and nobody died!), been involved in many voluntary organisations, underwater clean-ups, turtle watching and others. I like to travel and scuba dive, if possible. If you come on one of the Sharklab-Malta snorkels, I may be your guide.

My name is Alex Buttigieg, better known to all my friends as “The Sharkman”.  I am a retired professional scuba diving Instructor from the tiny Mediterranean Island of Malta.

My passion for sharks and marine conservation started in the early 70’s.

Over the years, I have contributed data to various documentaries, books and research publications. In 1997 I set up the website “Sharkman’s World”  dedicated to the education, conservation and protection of Sharks, and also initialized and spearheaded the campaign for the Great White Shark protection in Malta, a campaign that lasted for two years until September 1999, when the Maltese Government issued Legal Notice (L.N. 161 of 1999) that gave protection to the Great White shark (Carcharodon carcharias) and also the Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus).

I have dived with and studied sharks in many parts of the world. I also take an active part in many international conferences and campaigns for shark protection.


Meet our interns

Our interns are at the heart of what we do and achieve here at Sharklab-Malta.

Read about the experiences of past interns here.

Could this be you?

If you are passionate about sharks and are looking for an internship to support your studies, then Sharklab-Malta may be able to help. We support internships on a 3, 6, 9 and 12 month basis, with you working alongside us on our latest projects and community engagement activities.

Key details:

  • This internship is on a voluntary basis. While interns will not need to pay to be an intern, they will need to self-fund travel and accommodation.

  • Internships are 3, 6, 9 or 12 months long.

  • How to apply: Send an email expressing your interest to We will try to get back to you soon, and look forward to working with you! 

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