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SPEA is an Environmental not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support research and conservation of wild birds and their habitats, by promoting sustainable development for the benefit of future generations.
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Meet SPEA's staff.
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Domingos Leitão - Executive Director
Domingos Leitão, born in 1968, PhD in Ecology and Biosystems by the University of Lisbon. He is a founding member of SPEA and current Executive Director, after having held for 14 years the positions of Project Coordinator and Coordinator of the Department of Terrestrial Conservation. Previously he worked at the Nature Conservation Institute, the League for the Protection of Nature and the Ministry of Education. At SPEA he coordinated LIFE projects, was responsible for IBA and ground bird monitoring programs and for conservation, agriculture, hunting and forest conservation issues. He was also involved in the program of activities for members and in the development of Ornithological Tourism in Portugal.
E-mail: domingos.leitao[at]

Nuno Gonçalves - Financial Officer
Born in Estoril, he graduated in Business Administration from the Autonomous University of Lisbon. He is also a certified accountant, member of order No. 83159. He counts with 17 years of experience in Accounting, Financial Control and Management at companies such as Carrefour Portugal, Schindler and Vodafone. Participation in projects of social solidarity, and volunteering at the Municipal Chamber of Cascais in the preservation of the environment projects.

Lara Broom - Sales and membership Officer
Born in Lisbon, has a degree in Biology by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, and a masters in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (CIBIO-InBIO). Her master thesis was inserted in the long-term project studying a Sociable Weaver population in South Africa, where she did fieldwork and collected data. In 2014, Lara immigrated to the United Kingdom where she worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) for a year and a half in the Membership department. In 2017, Lara started working for a company specialised in nature tourism, where she had the opportunity to organise and/or be a part of birdwatching excursions to Madeira, Azores, Spain and Colombia. Characterizes herself as being insatiable curious about everything wildlife related!
E-mail: lara.broom[at]

Marta Leocádio -  Administrative Assistant
Earthling since 1981, born on the other side of Marão mountain, in the beautiful city of Amarante, Marta feels happy when she can contribute to the growth and happiness of others!
She studied Social Communication at the Escola Superior de Educação - Politécnico de Setúbal, and worked in areas as diverse as Journalism, Marketing, Social Network Management, Online Store Management and Customer Support. She's living a child's dream: working in an Environment NGO and making a difference to help transform the world into a better place than the one she found. With a special taste for contact with the public, she's responsible for managing the store and database of SPEA members since January 2016.
E-mail: marta.leocadio[at]

Communications and Marketing

Joana Domingues - Técnica Principal de Comunicação e Marketing
Natural de Lisboa, licenciada em Comunicação Empresarial, pela Escola Superior de Comunicação Social em 2004, passou por várias áreas relacionadas com comunicação e turismo antes de assumir funções na SPEA. Para complementar a licenciatura em comunicação, tirou uma pós-graduação em Planeamento e Desenvolvimento de Produtos Turísticos, pela Escola Superior de Turismo do Estoril em 2005 e mais recentemente especializou-se em Marketing Digital. Trabalhar na área do ambiente e turismo de natureza continua a ser uma paixão e um desafio.
E-mail: joana.domingues[arroba]

Sónia Neves – Técnica de Comunicação e Marketing
A passion for sharing stories about nature - from genes to guillemots - has been the guiding line of her career. With a degree in Biology from the University of Lisbon and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London, she has over 10 years' experience working in science communication. After eight years in the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's communications department, joining SPEA's communications department felt like coming home to roost.

Environmental Citizenship Department

Alexandra Lopes - Head of Environmental Citizenship Department
Born in 1972; Degree in Applied Biology of Animal Resources – Terrestrial branch, University of Lisbon; Masters degree on Biological Resource Management, University of Évora; Attended the first year of the Tourist Destinations Management, Estoril's Higher School of Tourism. Working for SPEA since 1999, initially as Chief Administrative Officer. Currently, coordinates the Department of Environmental Citizenship, and is responsible for the development and implementation of environmental education and public awareness activities, organization of field trips and courses for members, organization of events (ex. Birdwatching Festival at Sagres), and development of several other initiatives related with Ornithological Tourism.
E-mail: alexandra.lopes[at]

Carolina Bloise – Project Management Assistant
Born in 1974, lives in Sintra. Degree in Applied Biology on Animal Resources, University of Lisbon, 1998; Master Degree in Mangement and Conservation of Natural Resources, University of Évora, 2015. Final year dissertation on Little-Owl ecology in Castro Verde region. Partcipation in birds census and monitorization projects like Atlas das Aves Nidificantes em Portugal, programme NOCTUA and monitorization of soaring birds in a wind farm in Algarve (STRIX). Long experience in environmental education. Has been a monitor in several places like EVOA, Parques de Sintra, Tapada Nacional de Mafra and Lisbon Botanical Garden and Environmental Education Projects Coordinator for five years in CEAI – Centro de Estudos da Avifauna ibérica. Recently as been a teacher in the Degree of Primary Education in ESEI Maria Ulrich. Joined SPEA in April/2018 as a Project Management Assistant in Environmental Citizenship Department.
E-mail: carolina.bloise[arroba]

Paula Lopes - Environmental Officer - Lagoa Pequena Visitor Center
Born in Lisbon, graduated in Biology by the Superior Institute of Agronomy and Master in Conservation Biology from the Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon. Attended the Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris VI under the Erasmus program. Collaborated for the first time with SPEA in 2014, doing a preliminary study about illegal killing and capture of birds in Portugal. Joined the Environmental Citizenship Department of SPEA in February 2016, developing her work in the Interpretation Centre of Lagoa Pequena, near Sesimbra.
E-mail: paula.lopes[at]

Teresa Oliveira - Environmental Education Teacher
Teresa Oliveira, born in Mozambique; Degree in Biology-Wildlife Resources and Environment by FCUL; Master  Degree in Natural Resource Management by ISA. Participation in the project: "Predators: Evaluation of its impact on hunting and domestic animals" (JNIC), and as a biologist in the project: Conservation of the Wolf in Portugal (Community ICNB / LIFE Program). Since 1996, she has been teaching Natural Sciences / Biology and Geology, coordinated / participated in projects of the Comenius Program Multilateral Partnerships and Erasmus KA2, both funded by the European Community, in Biology / Environmental Education. Currently, the new challenge is integration of the SPEA team as a mobility teacher, with the  perspective to support the work developed by some departments (namely environmental citizenship, marine and terrestrial), in the environmental awareness component, near school communities and to public education in general.
E-mail: teresa.oliveira[arroba]

Alicia Salido – Volunteer from European Voluntary Service / Erasmus+
Born in Madrid in 1987. Degree in Environmental Sciences in Castilla –La Mancha University and master’s degree in Management and Restoration of Natural Environment in Alicante University in 2013. She has worked in the area of Environmental Education several times and she has cooperated on several volunteer projects where some birds censuses were conducted. Since April 2018 she provides support to Environmental Citizenship and Terrestrial Conservation Departments (e.g. Life Rupis) within European Voluntary Service (EVS), in a partnership from SPEA with the associations SPIN and Mundus, financed by Erasmus+ Programme from European Union.

Conservation Department : Terrestrial Programme

Joaquim Teodósio - Head of Terrestrial Conservation
Born in Lisbon, holds a degree in Biology (Animal Resources) since 2000 by the Lisbon Sciences Faculty. From 1996 on has participated as a volunteer and professional in various conservation and investigation projects, working mainly with birds, mammals and freshwater bivalves. He joined SPEA as a regular volunteer in 1998 and represented us at the Centro de Acolhimento in Esposende during the work with the affect birds by the Prestige accident. Fom 2004 to 2008 coordinated the LIFE Priolo project, in São Miguel, Azores and from 2009 to 2013 coordinated the LIFE+ Laurissilva Sustentável project. Until 2016 he was the coordinator of LIFE+ Terras do Priolo project, also in São Miguel, and coordinated the various activities and team of the SPEA team in the Azores.
E-mail: joaquim.teodosio[at]

Julieta Costa - Conservation Officer
Born in Lisbon, has a degree in Biology, from FCUL (1989) and MsC in Sciences of the Coastal Zones, from Aveiro University (1995), and has worked in Environmental Impact Assessment, Natural park planning and fauna monitoring. Works in LIFE Rupis since 2015, having collaborated also with Birds and powerlines project, Red Kite wintering census, etc.
E-mail: julieta.costa[at]

Hugo Sampaio – Conservation Officer
Born in Coimbra in 1983. In 2006 finished his degree in Biology at the College of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra. Since then has been working with SPEA on monitoring the Azores Bullfinch population; evaluating the impact of bird interaction with electric lines in the Azores; bird hazard management in Horta (Faial island) and Francisco Sá Carneiro (Porto) Airports; Portuguese Atlas of Wintering and Migratory Birds; III Portuguese Atlas of Breeding Birds; Obo Natural Park and Critically Endangered bird conservation in Sao Tome and Principe. During this period has also been leading Bird Watching excursions in Portugal (mainland and Azores), Spain and Sao Tome and Principe.
E-mail: hugo.sampaio[at]

Vanessa Oliveira – Project Management Assistant
Born in 1976; Degree in Biology Applied to Animal Terrestrial Resources, University of Lisbon; postgraduate degrees in Nature Tourism,  Conservation Biology and currently MsC in Science Communication, at Lisbon Nova University. Has developed her career on birds and mammals research and conservation and on the fields of education, training, communication (and translations) related to science, biodiversity, environment and ecotourism, in collaboration with several institutions. Working for SPEA since June 2005 at the Environmental Citizenship Department (2005, 2007-2015) and Terrestrial Conservation Department (2006, 2016-),  with main tasks in the Life Rupis project (administration support and environmental education coordination, including ObservArribas Festival). Also with responsabilities in the Editorial Board of magazine Pardela, management of the Volunteering Programme and other activities.

Rui Machado - Conservation Officer
Rui holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (2012) and a Master’s degree in Ecology (2014) from the University of Coimbra. His Master’s thesis focused on trophic ecology of insectivorous passerines in the montado ecossystem. After his Master's Rui worked on assessing the impact of a wind farm in avian and bat mortality. Shortly after, he moved to Munich, where he was part of the “Tierisches München”, sampling and collecting  behavioural ecology data with a urban population of Great tits. Rui has been actively engaged in bird ringing since 2012, which earned him an apprentice bird ringing licence. As of July 2016, he joined the Department of Terrestrial Conservation (SPEA), focusing in the Birds and Power Lines Project, Life Rupis and Breeding Bird Atlas.
E-mail: rui.machado[at]

Jaime Sousa – Conservation Officer
Born in Lisbon in the beautiful harvest of 1988. Jaime has always been fascinated by nature and wildlife, which led him to obtain a degree in Biology and a Masters in Conservation Biology, both from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. While pursuing these degrees, his passion for birds and admiration for the dedication of ENGOs led him to collaborate with SPEA as a volunteer. Afterwards, he worked on different groups of birds and issues, such as monitoring mortality on power lines and wind farms, conducting aquatic bird counts, and carrying out biological monitoring on construction sites. Jaime also worked as a birdguide for EVOA and Birds and Nature tours. He joined the department of terrestrial conservation in November 2018, where his main focus is  the Saltpan Recovery Project, but he lends a hand on other projects too.
E-mail: jaime.sousa[arroba]
Nerea Vercher - European Volunteer Service/Erasmus+ Volunteer
Born in 1994 in Valencia, Spain, she obtained a degree in Biology from the University of Valencia in 2016 and an MSc in Wildlife Management from Murcia University in 2017. She is at SPEA as a fellow of the European Volunteer Service until May 2019. Financed by European Volunteer Service, Change plus Project, with European Commission Funding.

Conservation Department : Marine Programme

Joana Andrade - Head of Marine Conservation Department
Born in Vila Franca de Xira, 1977. Degree in Applied Biology on Animal Resources, Terrestrial branch, University of Lisbon, 2001 and has a postgraduate degree in Science & Geographic Information Systems from NOVA School of Statistics and Information Management since 2011. Final year dissertation on phenology and habitat selection of aquatic birds in the Tagus estuary; Worked on aquatic bird food availability of the Sado estuary salt pans. Environmental Education technician on Fundação da Criança and SPEA's technician on Ornithological Tourism, a partnership with CAP (a professional association of agricultural entities). In 2008 joined the Marine Program team, coordinating monitoring programs of marine and coastal birds, FAME project (Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment) and Life+ MarPro project (Conservation of Marine Protected Species of Continental Portugal). Currently coordinates the Life+ Berlengas project. Publications HERE.

E-mail: joana.andrade[at]

Pedro Geraldes - Senior Marine Conservation Officer
Holds a degree in applied Biology and for several year dedicated himself to Nature conservation projects and to the recovery of threatened species and habitats. Works with SPEA since 2001 and as Marine Program officer has participated in several conservation and awareness projects and specialized in seabirds, island habitats and invasive species. Since 2013 works as an assistant of the project LIFE Berlengas and manages a project to implement the management plan of the Marine reserve of Santa Luzia in Cape Verde, together with the local NGO Biosfera I and the General Environmental Direction. Publicações HERE.
E-mail: pedro.geraldes[arroba]

Hany Alonso - Data Management & Cartography Officer
Graduated in Biology by the University of Lisbon (2005) he devoted himself to a research career focused on the ecology and behaviour of birds. Along the way, he specialized in Ethology (ISPA, 2008) and completed his PhD in the University of Coimbra in 2013, studying the Cory’s shearwater at Selvagens islands. His main research topics include the feeding ecology of seabirds and coastal birds, as well as the spatial ecology of seabirds and steppe birds. As a postdoctoral researcher he was associated to CIBIO-InBio, MARE and FCUL; having collaborated in research projects (e.g., OceanWebs) and environmental impact studies, and developing work with GIS and trophic web models. As a volunteer, he also collaborated on several conservation projects and bird monitoring programs. He joined the SPEA team in December 2018 as data management and cartography officer. Publications HERE.
E-mail: hany.alonso[at]

Nuno Oliveira - Marine Conservation Officer
Degree in Environmental Biology, University of Lisbon, 2007. Left Portugal in search of a wider learning experience in the field of ecology. Masters degree in Ecology and Environmental Management at the University of Varese, Italy, using the ERASMUS programme by the University of Lisbon. Volunteer work in Australia, in 2009, on the Shorebirds 2020 project, for Birds Australia. Trainee (estagiar_L) in the project LIFE Safe Islands for Seabirds in 2009/10. Nowadays, is Marine Program Assistant developing his main work within the project LIFE MarPro.
E-mail: nuno.oliveira[arroba]

Isabel Fagundes - Marine Conservation Officer
Born in Madeira Island and graduated in Biology, University of Madeira in 2002. Became interested in birds in 1999 and her career is directly related to the avifauna, through collaboration and participation in various monitoring and conservation projects. From 2004 to 2015 coordinated the SPEA delegation in Madeira and between 2013 and 2015 also coordinated the project LIFE Fura-bardos. Since May 2015 joined the Marine Conservation Department, developing her main work within the project LIFE Berlengas.

Ana Almeida - Marine Conservation Officer
With a degree in Marine Biology and Fisheries from University of Algarve, Ana started working with little terns at Ria Formosa Natural Park in 2004. Later on, she joined different scientific projects as a research assistant, working on several aspects of seabird’s ecology, in varied places such as the Falkland and Selvagens Islands. She developed her Ecology and Conservation master thesis on the diet of yellow legged gulls at Berlenga Island and, more recently, she worked as a Marine conservation officer for RSPB in Belfast, UK. In 2012 she worked for SPEA as a fisheries observer and since September 2015 she joined the Marine Program team, focusing on the topics of fisheries, seabird bycatch and marine policy, under the Life+ Berlengas project. Publications
E-mail: ana.almeida[at]

Mónica Costa - Project Management Assistant
Born in 1985 in Lisbon. Degree in Environmental Biology, in 2007 and an Integrated Msc in Conservation Biology, in 2008 by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. The aptitude for environmental education and science communication led her to work at a natural reserve, Tapada Nacional de Mafra, as an environmental monitor. Worked as project manager, from 2010 until 2017, at Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa where she developed her skills in the administrative and financial areas. The will to develop more competences took her to do a Msc in Science Communication at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in 2015. In 2014, she volunteered for SPEA, working alongside the editorial commission mainly on the review of articles and joined the team of the Marine Program team as an assistant to project management, in 2017.
E-mail: monica.costa[arroba]

Jesús Martinez - Técnico de Conservação Marinha
Born in 1990 in Las Hurdes, Spain, has a degree in Environmental Science and Expert in Natural Resources Management. The activity in conservation began in 2007 with the monitoring of migratory birds in the Strait of Gibraltar and continued with different volunteer and cooperation projects in Latin America and Africa. In 2016, he started collaborating with SPEA as a member of the European Volunteer Service. Currently is a conservation officer in the Santa Luzia Marine Reserve, with special participation in the actions of invasive mammals control.
E-mail: jesú

Joana Bores Ramirez - Marine Conservation Officer
From Palencia, Spain, born in 1991. Obtained a degree in Biology at the University of Salamanca in 2014, and a Masters in marine biology at the University of Vigo in 2017. Started working with SPEA in June 2016 as part of her Masters thesis "Estimating the density of Monteiro's Petrel using bioacustics. Joined the Marine Conservation Department in June 2017 under the European Volunteer Corps. During 2018 she supported the Marine Conservation Department as a conservation officer in the Life Berlengas project. Currently conservation officer in the projects being carried out in Cape Verde. 
E-mail: joana.bores[arroba]

Elisabete Silva -  Marine Conservation Officer
Born in Amarante in 1992, graduated in Biology from University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro and with a degree in Marine Biology by University of Aveiro. Her master thesis was entitled “Contribution for the study of breeding biology of the European Shag, Phalacrocorax aristotelis, in Berlengas Archipelago. She did volunteering in SPEA under the LIFE Berlengas project in 2015 and more recently she joined the POPA program (Fisheries Observation Program in Azores). Since September 2016, she has been working as a fisheries observer under the LIFE Berlengas project and actually is Marine Conservation Officer in project “MedAves” and your principal function is to use mitigation measures to reduce bycatch of seabird in several fishing gears.
E-mail: elisabete.silva[arroba] elisabete.silva[rroba]

SPEA Azores

Rui Botelho – SPEA Açores Coordinator (Terrestrial conservation)
He holds a degree in Biology from the University of the Azores in 2003 and a Master's degree in Territorial Planning and Environmental Planning from the Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 2007. Since 2001 he has participated in several projects, working mainly in the area of spatial planning and Environmental Impact Studies. Between 2006 and 2007 he was a member of the team of the Environmental Health Unit of IMP - Faculdade de Medicina / Universidade de Lisboa. In 2007, he began liaising with SPEA as a conservation technician. He was responsible for restoring habitats and species, developing new methodologies for controlling invasive plants, and monitoring the evolution of natural habitats. Currently, he coordinates the SPEA department in the Azores and is also the coordinator of the LIFE + Terras do Priolo project.
E-mail: rui.botelho[arroba]

Azucena de la Cruz – SPEA Açores Coordinator (Marine conservation and citizenship)
She holds a degree in Environmental Sciences from the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid in 2005 with specialization in Nature Conservation and Management. In 2006, she started working at SPEA through a professional internship at the LIFE Priolo Project, where she carried out an study about the Socioeconomic Benefits provided by the SPA Pico da Vara / Ribeira do Guilherme. She coordinated the Priolo Environmental Center since its opening in 2007 and also the application of the Lands of Priolo to the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism since 2011. She currently coordinates the SPEA department in the Azores archipelago with special attention to the components of marine conservation and citizenship.
E-mail: azucena.martin[arroba]

SPEA Açores -  Terrestrial Conservation

Filipe Figueiredo - Conservation Officer
Born in Manteigas, he graduated in 2007 in Agronomic engineering – Forestall specialization in the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco. From the beginning of 2008 until August 2009, he worked at the Transhumance and Nature Association based in Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo being responsible for a Forest Intervention Zone, nurseries, plantations and forest management. Since October 2009, he is responsible for coordinating all the works related to nurseries for production of native plants, located in the Nordeste, São Miguel. At the LIFE+ lands of Priolo project he is responsible for the nurseries, including management, maintenance and dissemination actions and he is also responsible for the habitats restoration actions in the SPA Pico da Vara / Ribeira do Guilherme.
E-mail: filipe.figueiredo[at]

Tarso Costa - Data Management & Cartography Officer
Graduated in Biological Sciences (2006) from the Universidade Federal do Rio de janeiro, he obtained the titles of Master (2008) and Doctor (2012) in Marine Biology from Universidade Federal Fluminense. He is dedicated to scientific research on population dynamics and ecology of benthic marine invertebrates. From 2007, he has developed pedagogical projects on Science Teaching and Scientific Dissemination. He worked as a teacher (Higher and Secondary-Technical Education) at the Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca between 2013 and 2014, where he taught Environmental Sciences and Biology. In the years 2015 and 2016 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of the Azores. In 2018 worked as project manager of European Projects in the Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Government of the Azores. Currently he is a Conservation Technician at SPEA being responsible for monitoring the physical, physical-chemical and biological parameters of streams within the Life Terras do Priolo Project.
E-mail: tarso.costa[arroba]

Alba Villarroya  – SPEA Açores Intern
Natural de Madrid, Alba é Técnica Superior de Gestão Florestal e do Meio Natural pela escola de Qualificação Agrária de Villaviciosa de Odón e Técnica em Centros de Recuperação, Reprodução e Reintrodução de Fauna Selvagem da Universidade Complutense de Madrid. Na Espanha trabalhou como assistente num reconhecido hospital veterinário. Colaborou com vários centros de recuperação e reabilitação de fauna selvagem. No início de 2018 chegou à SPEA Açores coma uma bolsa de práticas em empresa do programaErasmus+. Atualmente, está a realizar um estagio profissional no âmbito do qual ficará responsável pela coordenação de vários censos de aves com recurso a cidadania na ciência no arquipélago: o Censo de Milhafres, o Projeto Arenaria e o Atlas de Aves Nidificantes. Colabora também com várias ações de conservação das aves marinhas no projeto Interreg LuminAves.

SPEA Açores - Marine Conservation

Carlos Silva - Marine conservation officer – LuminAves, MISTIC SEAS II and LIFE EuroSAP
He holds a Master's degree in Forest Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco. He worked as a forest engineer in the training of forestry teams, project preparation, and environmental impact studies and collaborated in the national atlas of Black Stork. From 2006, he was project assistant to the LIFE Priolo and LIFE Sustainable Laurel Forest projects, and he was responsible for the technical operation of the project and invasive species control. In 2010, he joined the technical team of the LIFE "Safe islands for Seabirds" being responsible for the ecological restoration of seabird habitats and monitoring of seabirds. In 2013, he joined the LIFE Lands of Priolo project team where he is responsible for the environmental monitoring in SPA Pico da Vara/ Ribeira do Guilherme and collaborated with after-LIFE “Safe island s for seabirds in Vila Franca do Campo Islet. In 2017 he became a marine conservation officer participating within LuMinAves, MISTIC SEAS II and LIFE EuroSAP projects
E-mail: carlos.silva[arroba]

Tânia Pipa - Marine Conservation Officer - LuminAves, MISTIC SEAS II e Pós-LIFE "Safe Islands for Seabirds
She is graduated in Marine Biology at the University of Algarve, where she also held a Master’s degree in Marine Biology with specialization in Fisheries and Aquaculture. She arrived in the Azores in 2010 to collaborate in the Observation Program for the Fisheries of the Azores. In 2011, she joined the SPEA team in the LIFE "Safe Islands for Seabirds" project in Corvo Island, and is responsible for the maintenance and management of the LIFE Project Actions on Corvo Island also in the after-LIFE. She has been collaborating in the various projects for the conservation of seabirds in the Azores, namely LIFE EuroSAP with the definition of an Action Plan for the conservation of Monteiro’s Storm Petrel, MISTIC SEAS, defining the framework of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. LuMinAves project that aims to mitigate the impact of light pollution on seabird populations and MISTIC SEAS II project for the implementation of seabirds monitoring actions under the 2nd cycle of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
E-mail: tania.pipa[arroba]

Bárbara Martinez – Marine conservation officer – After-LIFE "Safe Islands for Seabirds" Born in 1984 in Barcelona, she graduated in Biology with specialization in Terrestrial Ecology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. After an internship in Brazil, in 2014 she obtained a Master’s degree in Management and Conservation of Biodiversity at the University of Barcelona. Since 2015, she is part of the SPEA team, first through the Eurodysee Program on Corvo Island, where she is responsible for helping with the maintenance of conservation actions in the After-LIFE of “Safe Islands for Seabirds” project. Her main tasks involve the maintenance and monitoring of intervention areas, Corvo Biological Reserve and nursery for the production of native species.
E-mail: ambrosbarbara[arroba]

SPEA Açores - Centro Ambiental do Priolo

Ana Mendonça – Environmental education officer - Centro Ambiental do Priolo
Born in Madeira Island in 1982, she holds a degree in Biology from the University of Porto. She completed her Master's Degree in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution in December 2009. She collaborated with the Natural Park of Madeira in a project aiming to protect the Monk Seal, in the Desertas Islands Natural Reserve. Later in 2010, she was working in a biotechnology company - Biopol - as a research assistant in the study of the impact of pinniped populations on the economically important species of teleosts in Iceland. In 2011, she joined the SPEA team in the project for monitoring the impact of powerlines in birds in Azores as an intern. Currently, she is the main environmental education officer in the Priolo’s Interpretation in the island of São Miguel being responsible for developing awareness raising and environmental education activities in the LIFE + Lands of Priolo project.
E-mail: ana.mendonca[arroba]

Noélia Lanchas – SPEA Açores Intern
Noélia Lanchas Muñoz é formada em Gestão Florestal e do Meio Natural, pela Escola de Qualificação Agrária de Villaviciosa de Odón, Madrid. E realizou um Estágio, (ERASMUS +) no Projeto Terras do Priolo. Neste momento colabora na implementação do Pós-Projeto Ilhas Santuário para as Aves Marinhas na ilha do Corvo. Apoiando ainda os trabalhos no âmbito do projeto LuMinAves na ilha.
Andreia Amaral - Project management assistant and Environmental Education – Priolo’s Interpretation Centre
She was born on July 23, 1983 in Faial da Terra, Povoação. She graduated in Journalism from the Lisbon School of Social Communication in 2007. She did an intership in the SABER Azores magazine shortly after she finished the course and spent another 9 months in this company. In May 2009, she worked as a Home Helper and Day Centre at the Maria Clara do Menino Jesus Home in Povoação and in June 2010 she was a radio announcer at Rádio Nova Cidade in Ribeira Grande. She joined SPEA in April 2011 as Administrative Assistant and Social Communication for the LIFE Sustainable Laurel Forest project. In 2013, she became Project management assistant and Environmental Education officer in LIFE + Lands of Priolo project, where she is responsible for supporting management task and developing environmental education and communication activities.
E-mail: andreia.amaral[arroba]

Operational team

José Pacheco – Main Operational Assistant
Born in 1 December 1969. Beginning in 2005, was the logistics manager for the field team managing the Laurissilva forest at the Pico da Vara/Ribeira do Guilherme SPA – Project LIFE Azores Bullfinch. Currently on the field team rehabilitating the various habitats of the Pico da Vara/Ribeira do Guilherme SPA for the project LIFE Sustainable Laurisilva.

João Monte - Main Operational Assistant
He was born on December 11, 1979. He joined SPEA in 2013 and is currently co-responsible for the logistics of the operational team of habitat management projects since 2016, guiding the work of the field team in the LIFE + Terras do Priolo project especially in the slopes of work at height and construction of natural engineering structures.

Other elements of the operational team: Hildeberto Correia, André Fernandes, António Pimentel, Armando Silva, Vítor Costa, José Aguiar, Tibério Arruda, Mário Mendonça, Mário Simas, Marco Braga, Hélder Pacheco, José Costa, Rafael Medeiros.

SPEA Madeira

Cátia Gouveia – Head of Madeira Department
Born in Funchal and graduated in Biology, specialised in Environment and Evolution, from the University of the Azores, in 2007. She had several collaborations in bird related projects during her degree and a final dissertation on Pterodroma feae in the Desertas islands, Madeira. After integrating SPEA’s regional office (2009), she incorporated several conservation and awareness projects concerning birds and habitat’s conservation. Since 2015 she is the coordinator of the delegation of Madeira and also coordinates the Project LIFE Fura-bardos.
E-mail: catia.gouveia[at]

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