Herefordshire-based Alex McGhee MRCVS, a business intelligence manager at Linnaeus, has headed off to the Maldives to help save endangered sea turtles. 

Alex is applying the data science he uses in his day job to help local vets at the Olive Ridley Project care for the ancient reptiles.

Six of the seven species of sea turtles are endangered due to human behaviour, many of them killed by poachers for their shells, eggs and meat.

They're also affected by the increasing volume of plastic waste in the sea. 

Alex, who normally spends his time leading a team of business intelligence engineers and analysts who provide insights in finance, HR and clinical event reporting, is setting the charity up with practice management software to help it capture clinical records and track the sea turtles. 

Alex said: "We’ll be setting up the software, making sure the vets can operate it and then adding all their existing data to it. We’re giving them a powerful tool to capture clinical records and manage turtles over a long period of time.”

“These valuable creatures are hugely important to marine ecosystems and have travelled our seas for the last 100 million years, so I’m delighted to be able to play a part in their conservation.”

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