Our Team

In Alnitak, we have a multisectoral team of biologists, navigators, craftsmen and scientists of different expertise, who work or collaborate directly with us to guarantee results, maintain and navigate Toftevaag, develop and inform about our scientific projects and make sure our data and hours of effort at sea are not lost in publications that ultimately do not contribute to change.
If you have a scientific background, are a University student wanting to do a research project with us, have experience working at sea, or think you can add to our project with your knowledge, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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The Team

Ric Sagarminaga
Alnitak co-founder, Chairman, programme manager and skipper of Toftevaag since 1989. Ric, who is an ASHOKA fellow, combines his passion for the conservation of maritime cultural heritage with the research of marine wildlife as umbrella species for ecosystem-based management of the oceans.
Alfredo Humanes Torres
Firstmate of the Toftevaag, Alfredo contributes to the team with a unique perspective of the importance of fighting for the conservation of our natural and cultural heritage.
Alex Sánchez Jones
Principal investigator and programme manager, his passion for marine wildlife and cetaceans in particular has seen him partake in stranding networks, research teams, and as a communicator on expeditions both in Europe and Africa, as well as guest speaker on cruise ships including Cunard Voyages.

Sergi Escandell

Sergi Escandell is an underwater cinematographer and producer for documentaries and feature films. His images have been broadcast on televisions around the world, including Arte France, Arte Germany, TVE, TV3, IB3, etc. Sergi has specialized in fast-action scenes. With a particular filming style based on long sequences with fluid tracking. He is a technical diving instructor, trimix diver, technical cave diver and an accomplished freediver.

Ignacio Liaño Arsuaga
Cetacean researcher of the University of Madrid, Ignacio came as a volunteer in 2019 and since then has become a vital part of the Toftevaag crew. This year he is completing his TFG (BSc dissertation) on behaviour and social lives of Risso's dolphins.

Neus Segura Alemany

Neus Segura is a marine biologist with a Master's degree in marine ecology, and after her experiences in recovery centers and projects on sea turtle laying beaches, she has been a crew member in the Toftevaag since 2019 working on our Oceanographic Turtles and MEDTOP Ghost FADs projects.

Arif Moure

Arif is passionate about the sea and marine wildlife, and has been an essential part of the crew for a few years. Always with a smile, he works as a carpenter, sailor, cook or whatever is necessary on board, but most importantly he is always open to learn new things about nature and the sea.

Paloma Carrasco
A new member for 2021, Paloma is an experienced sailor, Skipper of High Merchant Navy and photographer. She studied marine science and has a lot of experience with cetaceans. She has also worked in fishing ships as observer.

Alexander Plate

Passionate of nature, travelling and the study of humans.
Alexandre felt in love at first glance of Toftevaag for its peace and slow pace. Mixing his artistic taste, handcrafting and enthusiasm to keep in shape the Toftevaag, while keeping the crew laughing. Out of the boat he works as an art dealer, mediator, carpenter and dancer.

Beat von Niederhaeusern
Beat has a versatile set of skills and takes care of different maintenance activities on-board the Toftevaag. He started out his career as a farmer and agricultural engineer in Switzerland and then worked in IT-engineering. As member of OceanCare, he has a great interest in the ocean and life in the ocean, as well as any conservation or ocean based activities.

Fernando López Mirones

Our official Chronicler. Biologist Zoologist, documentary filmmaker, university professor and science communicator, he has written and / or directed more than 120 documentary films around the world for National Geographic and the BBC, among other multi-award winners, one of them nominated for the Goya Awards. In 1999 he met Ricardo filming “ALNITAK, A Ship for Neptune” since then, his soul and camera stayed in the Toftevaag. Unclassifiable, he is between Director of Communication and Chronicler on board, but above all he defines himself as “part of the hull”.