Endangered Species monitor, Wildlife ACT
Marta Villasán Barroso

Biodiversity Conservation Biologist , Ecoenergías del Guadiana / Fauna&Vida NGO / SEO BirdLife

I'm from Badajoz, a little city near Portugal at Extremadura, Spain. I love my region because is plenty of wild nature, birds, forests, rivers... but is endangered too.

I have a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Biodiversity Conservation. I have more than 15 years of experience in Environmental Education with school kids and the general public. I'm interested in all related topics about ecology, conservation and all living creatures and their relationships, that makes possible the life on Earth. 

I have worked in Paraguay granted by University of Salamanca and UNESCO Chair "Education for Sustainable Development: Strengthening lines of research in the area of ​​biodiversity and the link with society". My duties were teaching experiments design and basic biostatistics at UNA (Universidad Nacional de Asunción); doing a biodiversity's bird research at the San Rafael National Park (the major Atlantic Forest patch remaining), ringing birds and teaching young students how to carry out a basic research; and doing environmental education with young child and population living at the natural park influence area. 

I stayed at Madeira (Portugal) working on two LIFE projects, one to protect the endemic sparrowhawk "Furabardos" and the other to take care of marine birds. The LIFE projects are the UE tool to support and fund the conservation on their territories.  

Later I have devoted to natural ecotourism at Extremadura (Spain) and scuba diving tourism at Sharm el Shaik (Egypt), in addition to environmental education, or little research and consultancy tasks. I have a  youtube channel  to outreach environmental issues and my own talks. Is in Spanish, but if you want you could take a look at it. 

Currently, I have a job at an environmental consulting at Extremadura (Spain), working about the compensatory measures to take during and after the construction of photovoltaic plants. I take care of bird nests, mitigation and prevention of bird and bat mortality at the high voltage lines, soil restoration, reforestation, etc. I'm glad to carry out this work because I'm sure I'm doing the best to protect the nature while the construction of renewable energy plants are trying to reduce the climate change. 

In addition, I take part from two NGOs: Fauna&Vida, a environmental conservation and education organization from Paraguay, where I'm currently the Education and conservation programs Director, and SEO/BirdLife, the ornithological society to protect birds, where I coordinate the volunteer group in my city. 

Jessica Flack

Green Project Coordinator, TATU Project

A love of nature, wildlife, and travel has led me to Moshi, northern Tanzania where I am currently working as Green Project Coordinator for a small international development charity, named TATU. The Green Project is TATU’s environment programme focusing on tree planting initiatives in the local Msitu Wa Tembo and Londoto communities to mitigate the damages from drought/flooding events to agricultural production. This is an exciting and impactful role where I am enjoying learning about the operation of NGOs and environmental project delivery.

Prior to Tanzania, I studied MSc Environmental Management at Reading University focusing on ecosystem service delivery, agriculture, and rural land management. I was delighted to receive the MSc Excellence Award for highest overall performance and the BSSS Dissertation Award for an exceptional soil-related research project. My paper “woodland planting on UK pasture land is not economically feasible, yet is more profitable than some traditional farming practices” has since been accepted for publishing in the Central European Forestry Journal (Volume 68: Issue 2, June 2022), and uses ArcGIS and the InVEST Carbon Model to consider the carbon sequestration potential and economic feasibility of afforestation on low quality agricultural land. Preceding my MSc, I centred my BSc Environmental Science at the University of East Anglia around biodiversity, conversation, and soil processes.

Looking ahead, I am searching for roles in habitat restoration and sustainable agriculture to start after completion of my current internship with TATU Project.