Lorenz Frick - Resident Marine Biologist
Lorenz was born and raised on the sunny shores of Lake Zurich, Switzerland. From early childhood on he felt very comfortable in the water, and, much to the frustration of his swimming teacher, he found swimming underwater more appealing at the surface. As a teenager, Lorenz became increasingly fascinated by the countless different ways that life finds to exist on this planet, and when he learned to dive at the age of 18 he was captivated by the colourful, bustling alien world he found under the ocean’s surface. He studied biology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and later completed his PhD investigating the stress physiology of sharks at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. A few years later, and back in Switzerland, he was offered the chance to help the Basel Zoo plan and build a new public marine aquarium. Working as Assistant Curator, he learned that he very much enjoyed telling people the fascinating stories that nature provides in such wealth.
During his student years he started to explore the world with backpacking trips through Latin America and Southeast Asia, and has since then lived and worked on five continents. When Lorenz first came to Pulau Pef as a guest in 2015, he instantly fell in love with the amazing underwater world of Raja Ampat, the stunning beauty of Pulau Pef, and the cheerful people who live on this wonderful island. Following up on a dinner table remark that it’d be interesting if he could give a presentation about marine biology to the guests, he returned to Raja4Divers a year later with a few presentations in his luggage. And again the year after. He had completed his Scuba Instructor training in the meantime, and when Maya asked him if he wanted to stay on Pulau Pef a bit longer than usual, he didn’t have to think about it for a very long time.
He now spends his days showing our guests the vibrant underwater world of Raja Ampat, answering their questions about marine life, giving entertaining presentations on a variety of marine biological topics, helping Arif in the dive center, and chatting and laughing with whoever crosses his path on the island. His cheerful nature, broad knowledge about all aquatic life, mischievous humour, and openness towards people from all cultures add that little bit of extra sunshine to Pulau Pef.
Lorenz fluently speaks German and English, and his Indonesian is slowly, but steadily, surpassing his French, Italian and Spanish.
“WOW!!! I have not much else to add.”