Long time SDRP volunteer Nigel Mould has been named 2014 Volunteer of the Year by Sarasota Magazine. Nigel provides about 300 hours of help each year to the SDRP, and about 500 hours per year to Mote Marine Laboratory, where we base our operations.
With the SDRP, he helps with rescues of dolphins that are entangled or injured, with dolphin health assessment research, with dolphin population monitoring surveys, and with fish surveys to determine the relative abundance of dolphin prey fish in Sarasota Bay.
Nigel is not afraid to jump in, literally, to help with any task that he takes on for the SDRP. We have come to rely on him heavily as a trusted member of our team for dolphin rescues and field research. He acquires the requisite skills and judgment quickly, and he is willing to enter into the fray regardless of how difficult, dirty, or risky it may be. He is always willing to take the initiative with chores such as net mending, or with training new volunteers or interns.In addition to his volunteerism with the SDRP and Mote, Nigel sets a great example in the community for giving back to the environment. He is a leader for promoting alternative energy, driving one of the first electric cars in the Sarasota area, creating electric car plug-in sites at Mote, powering his home primarily from solar panels, and leading a local electric car demonstration program at Mote.
Nigel has volunteered throughout the Sarasota Community. Nigel was the Volunteer Board President during 2010-2012, and he now represents Mote’s volunteer core as a member of Mote’s Board of Trustees and as Chair of the Mote Development Committee. He serves as a Board Member at Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Venice and is also President of St. Martha’s Parish Council which is one of the largest parishes in Sarasota, as well as serving on the finance committees of both organizations. He previously served as the District Warden for the Knights of Columbus, and as the Vice President for the Sarasota Yacht Club Charitable Foundation.
Nigel truly gives of his time, talent and treasure. The SDRP and Mote are very fortunate to have him as part of our teams. Nigel spends many of his days actively engaged with our organizations, helping to maintain the high quality and effectiveness of the SDRP research efforts, bettering the visitors’ experience to Mote Aquarium, and also serving as an ambassador for the SDRP and Mote in the community.