Stella Diamant | The Madagascar Whale Shark Project

Stella Diamant is a passionate conservation biologist who founded the Madagascar Whale Shark Project, introduced a code of conduct for Whale Shark tourism, initiated an environmental education programme for Malagasy youth, and has identified almost 500 individual Whale Sharks.   She’s now working in collaboration with other NGOs and has helped ensure the code of conduct

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Raising awareness through communications: An interview with Barbara Arizaga of the Galápagos Conservancy

Barbara Arizaga is the Director of Communications for the Galápagos Conservancy, an organization based out of the beautiful town of Puerto Ayora in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. The Galápagos Conservancy is committed to protecting one of the world’s most unique island chains and the animals that inhabit them, such as the critically endangered Pink Land

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Where the environment meets economics: An interview with Jetske Bouma

Jetske Bouma is a Dutch environmental economist working for PBL, the Environmental Assessment Agency the Netherlands (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving). With over twenty years of experience in research and policy evaluation in this field, Jetske has worked internationally on important environmental economic projects from Costa Rica to India. As a teenager wanting to make a

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Changing the world through digital technology and communications | A conservation leader’s career switch

Campaigning, communications and engagement are key tools in conservation work today, and they almost always rely on digital technology! Emma Marsh is the Executive Director of Digital Technology and Communications at RSPB, where she oversees the charity’s global digital technology, communications, campaigning, and engagement work. Emma shared her experience of switching careers into conservation as

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Adventures in ornithology – an interview with Professor Juliet Vickery

Professor Juliet Vickery is Chief Executive Officer of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), President of the British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU), Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia. Juliet generously made time to share her career story with me and to reflect on BTO’s recent

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Podcast | Daniel Kaul | Natucate

Do you love learning about the natural world and have a sense of travel and adventure?  Do you wish you could get out from behind a screen, step out of your comfort zone, and step into wild nature?  On the podcast today I’m speaking with Daniel Kaul, Managing Director of conservation-oriented travel company Natucate.  Natucate offer

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Podcast | Long-term solutions for people and wildlife | Anna Hixson (Institute for Ecological Civilization)

How can we tackle some of the biggest challenges facing us as a global society, for the betterment of people and wildlife? Can we rebuild and transform economic systems in favour of human and ecological wellbeing, and what does the future look like for protected areas? This forms part of the energetic discussion with today’s

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Podcast | Breaking down barriers to entry | Lynn Mento at Conservation Nation

In this episode we’re revisiting an important discussion within conservation, and something which may affect you. Namely, barriers to entry which make it difficult to pursue careers for women, people of colour, indigenous people, and other under-represented groups. To discuss this in detail today is Lynn Mento, the CEO of new organisation Conservation Nation. Conservation

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Conserving Lions through Evidence-Based Conservation and Local Rights: An Interview with Amy Dickman

Professor Amy Dickman is a conservation biologist at the University of Oxford who was recently appointed as the new Director of the University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU). Amy has a particular interest in resolving conflict between humans and large carnivores, and has spent many years working alongside communities in Africa to consider solutions which

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Podcast | Restoring life on Earth | Andrew Cottam

We know that carbon in the atmosphere is increasing at an unsustainable rate, and that half of all native tress on earth have been felled.   This is having impacts on our lives, and on wildlife globally.   Recent studies have also shown that we have nearly a billion hectares of land suitable for ecosystem restoration.   That’s space for one TRILLION trees capturing around 30% of the excess carbon in

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Marine conservation job application tips and tricks from The Reef-World Foundation

Does this sound familiar? You’re struggling to break into the notoriously competitive conservation sector, yet you can’t get ANY feedback from employers to learn how to improve your job applications? Lack of feedback from conservation employers is one of the biggest challenges and frustrations conservationists face when applying for conservation jobs. “Often I have all

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A noble quest: Safeguarding the Critically Endangered Philippine cockatoo

Known for their ability to mimic humans, the Philippine cockatoo can talk, sing, and even dance, making these intelligent and beautiful parrots a much sought-after pet. However, poaching, together with habitat loss, are driving the species to the brink of extinction. With a once-thriving population over the Philippine archipelago, their numbers have dropped by a

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Podcast | Dr Hugh Safford | Forest Fires & Conservation

As conservationists, one thing we’ve seen a lot of on the news in recent years is forest fires. Huge blazes in Australia, California, the Amazon razing forests to the ground and decimating wildlife unlucky enough to be in its path. Today we’re speaking with someone who works on the front line as an expert on fires and forest ecology within California. Dr Hugh Safford is

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Advising the president and engaging local communities: An interview with Adjany Costa

Ethno-conservationist and marine biologist Adjany Costa never expected to be in a political position, but she can now impressively introduce herself as Adviser to the President of Angola for Environmental Affairs and, in her previous position, the youngest Minister in Angolan history. We discussed her job responsibilities, motives for working in conservation and work with local communities. What steps did you take to get to

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Career tips for working in wildlife management and rehabilitation | An interview with Angela D’Alessio, Operations Director at MalaysianWildlife

Do you feel empathy and compassion for animals and want to help? Would you like to find out what a career in wildlife management and rehabilitation is really like, and how to take care of yourself while caring for wildlife? Get first-hand insights from Angela D’Alessio, Operations Director at MalaysianWildlife, an organisation on a mission

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