Welcome to BYOGUIDES home to the unique FINDER series of ID tools for scientists, students, divers, dive companies, naturalists, resource managers & marine professionals.
All BYOGUIDES products have an innovative VISUAL INDEX system that empowers you to identify marine beasties without training or formal biological knowledge. They are designed to empower the next generation of divers to explore the underwater world for themselves – to BE YOUR OWN GUIDE – literally.
Our mission is to empower the user to take advantage of the visual supercomputer we all carry around – the human eye and brain. With a BYOGUIDE you can make powerful decisions visually without reference to ugly latin terms or arcane knowledge.
Russell Kelley is a science communicator specialising in coral identification, reefs and the marine world. In a career spanning 40 years he has worked as a marine educator, film maker, author, scientist and communication designer.
His published work spans scientific papers, book chapters, educational tools and international natural history television productions. He is manager of BYOGUIDES and author of the Indo Pacific Coral Finder and the Reef Finder - uniquely designed searchable, smart ID guides which form the basis of the training courses he runs world wide. Russell and his team have trained over a thousand people in coral identification.
A coral reef geologist and biologist by training Russell has a passion for telling stories about the natural world. In particular he loves revealing the 'big picture meaning' in the smallest of things. He is a recipient of the Australian Coral Reef Society medal for science communication and a Churchill Fellowship.
Diving the Galapagos islands was life-changing for Rachel, leading her to switch from engineering to pursue a career in marine conservation. For the last 15 years, Rachel has worked as a Marine Park manager on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, and works on coral reef resilience, marine policy and sustainable fisheries.
Rachel is the principal photographer for the Coral Finder and Reef Finder, and has helped develop and edit these publications and the associated training materials. She is also the program coordinator for the Coral Identification Capacity Building Program to which she brings over 20 years international experience in natural resource management, reef surveys and marine science. She is never happier than when helping people understand reefs.