Dr. Cassander Titley-O’Neal

Dr. Cassander Titley-O’Neal is the Executive Director of Environmental Systems and a native British Virgin Islander who has spent all of her life living between Virgin Gorda and Tortola. She has always had a passion for the sea and the environment from a very early age, and this was heavily influenced by her late father Amos Jerome O’Neal.  This love for the sea and the environment is what led her to pursue degrees related to the environment, become a certified SCUBA diver, and has participated in several local sports fishing tournaments.

Sandy, as she is affectionately called by persons in the community, completed her BSc. in Marine Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington in the United States in 1999; a MSc. in Applied Marine Science from the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom in 2001; and most recently, a PhD. in Marine Biology from the University of New Brunswick in Canada in 2011.

Dr. Titley-O’Neal’s work experience includes:

Upon completion of her Bachelors, Sandy returned home and worked at the Conservation and Fisheries Department (CFD), Government of the Virgin Islands, from 1999 to 2000 before pursuing her MSc. in Applied Maine Science.  During her short tenure with CFD, she completed two (2) reports: Status of the Red Hind (Epinephelus guttatus) in the British Virgin Islands (2000) and  Preliminary Assessment of Salt Island Sound – September 1999 (2000).
In 2002, Caribbean Basin Enterprises (CBE), a locally based Engineering and Project Management company entered into joint venture with Louis Berger International to complete the National Sewerage Programme Wastewater Master Plan for the British Virgin Islands.  This project investigated the envisaged use of a national sewerage programme to service the islands of of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke.
From 2004 to 2006, Sandy served as the Government appointed Environmental Scientist to the Planning Authority of the Virgin Islands, which is charged with reviewing all development and sub-division applications for approval in the British Virgin Islands.
Approved Special Inspector to the Planning Authority of the Virgin Islands for the following projects in the British Virgin Islands:

  • Nanny Cay – Expansion Project (2015 to 2016)
  • Nanny Cay – Boat Yard Land Reclamation (2013)
  • Nanny Cay – Floating Docks (2012)
  • Nanny Cay – Breakwater Realignment (2012)
In this regard, Dr. Titley-O’Neal has demonstrated her knowledge and skills as an established environmental consultant in the British Virgin Islands by:

  • submitting  various local environmental impact assessments (including limited environmental impact assessments);
  • submitting environmental appraisals and scoping studies; and
  • acting as an Environmental Advisor to several entities during the construction phase of their projects.
Dr. Titley-O’Neal has been working at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) since 2001 and has taught the following courses:

  • BIO 104 – Environments of the BVI
  • BIO 110 – General Biology I
  • BIO 112 – General Biology II
  • BIO 220 – Ecology
  • BIO 240 – Marine Biology
  • BIO 260 – Research Methods
  • CHE 110 – General Chemistry I
  • CHE 112 – General Chemistry II
  • SCI 235 – Science Seminar

Outside of her teaching duties, Dr. Titley-O’Neal also serves as an Advisor to the Beta Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

In addition to the above work experience, Dr. Titley-O’Neal has published in several scientific journals, see our Documents Section for further details.

Documents Section