MORE 2 SEA – Meer Zum Sehen

Curriculum Vitae


MSc Patrick Demus           

*25/04/1981 in Giessen, Germany

Nationality: German/Austrian



03/2003 – 05/2010 University of Vienna                                  Austria

  • Zoology / Behavioral Ecology (Master of Science) ->Thesis

11/2001                       Open Water Scuba Instructor (PADI)     Grand Cayman



In the field of Education and Tourism

01/2017 – present  Expedition Leader & Lecturer Ventures by Seabourn (freelance)          Expeditions Worldwide

01/2015 – present Expedition Leader & Lecturer Silversea Expeditions (freelance)             Expeditions Worldwide

  • Leading excursions in remote areas and highlighting wildlife
  • Leading Zodiac Tours and highlighting wildlife
  • Lecturing on topics like coral reefs, fish identification, animal behaviour, Primates and others relevant to regions we visit
  • Being in charge of the Snorkel Operations
  • Being in charge of the Dive Operation: finding suitable dive sites, guiding dives and maintaining the dive equipment

02/2011 – present   Self-employed lecturer on Marine Biological topics and travelling

“Meer zum Sehen – more to sea” –



03/2014-07/2016    Science Center Netzwerk,                          Vienna, Austria

  • Guiding interactive science activities (hands-on, minds-on) of various formats (e.g. exhibits, mobile experiments, workshops, dialogue games)

01/2008 – 09/2015 Zoo Vienna,                                                   Vienna, Austria

  • Guiding tours to all areas of the Zoo for all age groups
  • Teaching Ethology seminars and pet workshops

06/2010 – 12/2010 Sinai Blues Diving Centre, 4 Seasons Resort, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

Marine Biologist:

  • Snorkelling trips with an emphasis on marine biology
  • Initiating, planning and setting up a coral nursery
  • Series of lectures on the Red Sea and environmental conservation

Diving Instructor:

  • Planning and guiding dives
  • Teaching diving

11/2009                     Dahab Marine Research Centre             Dahab, Egypt

  • Supervising and teaching students from Cairo American College on Marine Biology


Between 2001 and 2013 I have worked a total of 3 years as a Diving Instructor and Dive Guide in the Island Mabul in Malaysian Borneo and most of the time in South Sinai, Egypt in the Four Season’s high end Diving Center “Sinai Blues Diving Centre”. I have guided more then 1500 dives.


As Scientist

11/2012 – 01/2013             Oxford Brookes University                       Oxford, UK

  • Behavioural field observations of the nocturnal Slow Loris (Nycticebus javanicus) in West Java.
  • Little Fire Face Project



02/2009 – 04/2010 Konrad Lorenz Institut for Ethology      Vienna, Austria

  • Diploma thesis: Colony formation and mate choice behavior in Neolamprologus caudopunctatus

09/2006 – 12/2006 Universität Bern                                       Bern, Switzerland

  • Field work at Lake Tanganyika, Zambia
  • Behavioral field observations on Cichlids

03/2006 – 01/2007 Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology     Vienna, Austria

  • Conducting and analyzing mate choice experiments with Zebra fish (Danio rerio)



2019               STCW, Basic Safety Training

2015               Crowd Management & Safety Training, V-Ships

2015               Powerboat Level 2, RYA

2014               Medic first aid course, Samariterbund

2011               “Dynamics in groups”, Ewald Krainz, University of Klagenfurt

2011               “Individual appearance in consulting and sales talks“, Peter Gerst/360°

2010               “Qualification in child care”

2009               “Conflict resolution training” Willi Tschernutter/Komunariko

2008               “Presentation techniques”, Anton Lamboj, University of Vienna

2001               Speciality Instructor for “Nitrox”, “Wreck Diving” and “Deep Diving”

1999               Driver’s License



  1. Taborsky, L. Guyer, P. Demus – “Prudent habitat choice‚: a novel mechanism of size-assortative mating” 2014 – “The Journal of Experimental Biology”
  2. Wagner, P. Demus, F. Schädelin – Colony formation and mate choice behavior in Neolamprologus caudopunctatus – In preparation




German                                  mother tongue

English                                   fluent

Arabic                                     basic conversation

Indonesian/Malaysian        basic conversation

Finnish                                   basic conversation



Marine Life, Birding, Nature, Underwater Photography, Remote Areas, Rock Climbing & Mountaineering