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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.
E-mail: nuno.goncalves[at]

Susana Alves - Management Assistant
Born in 1977, Lisbon; Degree in Social Anthropology, ISCTE, 2003; Currently, Management Assistant for the Lisbon headquarters, managing SPEA's memberships and shop. Diversified professional experience, from social research, at the Loures and Amadora municipalities, to Visitors' Assistant at the Palácio da Pena. Collaborated with SPEA for the first time between 2006 and 2008.
E-mail: susana.alves[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 - Senior Communications Officer
Born in Lisbon; Degree in Business Communication, Higher School of Social Communication, 2004; Previously a Communication Technician at the Communication and Public Relations Agency – Green Media and at the Resort Praia D’El Rey, in Óbidos. Postgraduate degree in Planing and Implementation of Tourism Products, Estoril's Higher School of Tourism, 2005 and it's specialized in Digital Marketing. Working for SPEA as a Communication and Marketing Technician since June 2007.

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Memberships, Activities and Environmental Education 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]

Carlos Miguel da Cruz/Kau - Environmental Education Teacher
Born in 1968, has a degree in Biology and Geology Teaching from the University of Évora and a Master Degree in Biological Management Resources. Is a founding member of SPEA and currently is teaching on statutory mobility to coordinate projects of environmental education through an inter-ministerial protocol (Portuguese Environment Agency / Directorate General for Education). He has published several articles on populations of birds of prey, steppe birds and cranes. Accredited in bird ringing since 1991.
E-mail: ccruzkau[at]

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]

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 A. Oliveira - Project Management Assistant & Environmental Education
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). Also with responsabilities in the coordination of magazine Pardela, management of the Volunteering Programme, organization of several activities and events (e.g. birdwatching / fairs / congresses) and more.
E-mail: vanessa.oliveira[at]

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]

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. 

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.

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Pedro Correia Rodrigues - Data Management & Cartography Officer
Born in 1979, in Porto, has a BSc in Applied Biology (University of Minho), a MSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation (University of Algarve) and a PhD in Biology (University of Minho). His research and conservation interests focus on spatial ecology, distribution modelling and remote tracking, particularly of seabirds. He collaborated in several research and conservation projects, as well as in environmental impact studies. Due to his collaboration in the Life+ Marpro, he has been actively involved in the implementation of the marine N2K network, along mainland Portugal. Along the years he has worked in several institutes, universities and non-governmental organizations, related with nature conservation and scientific research. He previously worked at SPEA in 2003-2004. Since 2016, has been working at SPEA as Database and GIS manager. He is also Invited Assistant Professor (part-time) at the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto.
E-mail: pedro.rodrigues[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[at]

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
Born in 1991 in Palencia, Spain, graduated in Biology in 2014 at the University of Salamanca. She finished a Marine Biology Master at the University of Vigo in June 2017. She presented her master thesis “Estimation of the population of the Monteiro’s strom-petrel by bioacustics” in june 2017 with the support of SPEA. In june 2017, she started a Volunteer European Service in the Marine Conservation Department. Nowadays, is Marine Program Assistant developing his main work within the project Life Berlengas.
E-mail: joana.bores[arroba]

Ana Santos - Fisheries Observer at Marine Conservation Department
Born in Lisbon, has a degree in Environmental Biology from University of Lisbon and is now finishing her master’s degree in Conservation Biology at the same institution, on ‘Interactions and bycatch of seabirds in small longline fisheries in Portugal’. In january 2014, she started in SPEA as volunteer in Memberships, Activities and Environmental Education Department and in Marine Conservation Department. Since July 2014, she has been working as fisheries observer, first in Val+ project and currently in LIFE-Berlengas project, where she’s also giving some support in the development of Environmental Education activities
E-mail: ana.santos.spea[at]

Elisabete Silva - Fisheries Observer at Marine Conservation Department

Born in Amarante, 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.

E-mail: elisabete.silva.spea[at]

Emanuel Constantino – Fisheries Observer at Marine Conservation Department
Born in Peniche, graduated in 2006 in Marine Biology and Biotechnology (ESTM-Instituto Politécnico de Leiria). In 2010, he completed his Masters in Integrated Ocean Studies (DOP - University of the Azores). In 2006, he worked as Fisheries Observer (DOP - University of the Azores) under the scope of "European Minimum Program from discards on troll fishing vessels. In 2007, he collaborated with the NGO Observatório do Mar dos Açores (OMA) on the elaboration of a Guide about the "Azorean Biodiversity". In 2008 and 2009 he worked at Faial island as Marine Biologist “Norberto Diver” Whale Watching / Diving company. Between 2010 and 2013 he worked as Research Fellow at IMAR-CMA of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra. From 2014 he worked as offshore freelance observer, alternating between Fisheries observer in the fishing industry, working on locations such as Irish Sea or Mediterranean Sea and Marine Mammal Observer / Passive Acoustic Operator in the Gas / Oil industry and the renewable energy industry (Windfarms) working, on several places, as Gabon at the South Atlantic Ocean or in Germany at the Baltic Sea. Between 2013 and 2015, after rebuilding the sailboat "HAWK" (11,20m), he creates his own Ecotourism company "CONSTANTMAR"; afterwards (2015) "MARMODEL". On board of the sailing boat Hawk he started to developed activities as bird watching, ecotourism visits to the Berlengas islands and around Peniche Peninsula coast.

Tânia Nascimento - Trainee at the Marine Conservation Department
Born in Viseu, has a degree in Biology from the University of Aveiro since 2016, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Applied Ecology from the same university. Collaborated with SPEA, in a curricular internship, on the project LIFE Berlengas during 2015/16, where studied the population of black rats on Berlenga island. Currently, in the same project, is developing her master's thesis entitled "Competition, Threat or Benefit - What is the role of commercial fisheries in the conservation of the shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis in Berlengas archipelago?".
E-mail: tania.nascimento.spea[arroba]

SPEA Azores

Ricardo Ceia - Head of Azores Department
Has a PhD in Biosciences by the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and his thesis investigated the ecology of birds in Mediterranean oak woodlands. Started his professional career in SPEA in 2006, as a technician in the Priolo and Laurissilva Sustentável LIFE projects, and, since then, published more than ten research papers with studies on the endemic Azores bullfinch and the conservation of the laurel forest. Coordinated and has participated in several bird monitoring schemes and worked as a birdwatching guide, lecturer and field technician in environmental impact assessment studies.
E-mail: ricardo.ceia[at]

Azucena De La Cruz - Public Participation and Sustainability Officer
Born in Madrid, 1982, has a BSc in Environmental Sciences by Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in 2005. In 2006, joined the LIFE Priolo project as an intern, collaborating in monitoring actions and assessing the ecosystem services provided by the SPA Pico da Vara/ Ribeira do Guilherme. From 2007 to 2010, she coordinated Interpretation Centre of Priolo. In 2011, also coordinated the application process of the Lands of Priolo to the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism. Presently, she is responsible for socio-economic assessment and tourism management/promotion actions in LIFE Lands of Priolo project.
E-mail: azucena.martin[at]

Carlos Silva - Conservation Officer
Graduated in Forestry Engineer by the Castelo Branco Technique Institute. Worked in the design of forestry projects, coaching and managing field workers, and in the Black Stork National Atlas. In 2006, joined SPEA as a project assistant, responsible by Alien Invasive Specie control and managing field assistants, volunteers and interns. In 2010, became a project assistant on LIFE "Safe Islands for Seabirds", responsible for ecological restoration of seabird habitats. In 2013, became a project assistant on LIFE" Lands of Priolo" and is responsible for the environmental monitoring of Vila Franca Islet and SPA Pico da Vara/Ribeira do Guilherme.
E-mail: carlos.silva[at]

Tânia Pipa - Conservation Officer
Born in 1985 at Moura, Portugal. Graduate in Marine Biology, University of Algarve; Master degree in Marine Biology with a specialization in Fisheries and Aquaculture. Collaborated with the ecotourism company Formosamar, until April 2010. After that period was Sea Observer of the Observation Program for Fisheries of Azores, until October 2010. During 2011-2012 was project assistant for LIFE Safe Islands for Seabirds at Corvo island and since 2013 is responsible for the conservation and management actions of After-LIFE Project on Corvo island.
E-mail: tania.pipa[at]

Bárbara Martinez - Trainee at the after-LIFE Project "Safe Islands for seabirds"
Born in 1984, in Barcelona. Degree in Biology specialty Terrestrial Ecology by the Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona. After internship in Brazil did a Master about Management and Conservation of Biodiversity by the Universitat of Barcelona.  In 2015 joined SPEA team with Eurodissea's scholarship  to work in the After-LIFE Project "Safe Islands for seabirds" in Corvo. Nowadays continues working trough Estagiar-L's scholarship.
E-mail: ambrosbarbara[at]

Rui Botelho - Conservation Officer
Degree in Biology, University of Azores, 2003; Masters degree in Spatial and Environmental Planning, New University of Lisbon, 2007. Collaborations on several projects related to environmental impact assessment and spatial planning. Member of the Environmental Health Unit of the Preventive Medicine Institute – University of Lisbon, between 2006 and 2007. Technical assistant for SPEA's project LIFE Azores Bullfinch, since 2007; Currently, a technical assistant for LIFE Sustainable Laurisilva.
E-mail: rui.botelho[at]

Filipe Figueiredo - Conservation Officer
Born in Manteigas, has a Bsc in 2007 in Agronomy, skilled in forestry engineering by the Institute polytechnic of Castelo Branco. In the beginning of 2008 until august of 2009, worked in a NGO association, transhumance and nature, located in Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal mainland, subregion of Coa valley, where he was responsible for one forestry intervention zone, one small nursery, plantations and forest management. Since October 2009, is responsible for the coordination of all work related to nursery and production of native plants, situated in Povoação. In this project is also responsible for the management, maintenance and promotion of the nurseries.
E-mail: filipe.figueiredo[at]

João Torres - Data Management & Cartography Officer
Born in Porto, has a degree in Biology from Porto University. In 2007 concluded his master thesis “Ensemble models of habitat suitability relate chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) conservation to forest and landscape dynamics in Western Africa” in Cibio/UP. In 2014, obtained his PhD in biology “Patterns and drivers of wildfire occurrence and post-fire vegetation resilience across scales in Portugal”. Over the years, acquired skills in Systematic and taxonomy, species distribution models, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Landscape ecology and Ecological modelling. Now, he cplaborates with SPEA in vegetation mapping and monitoring.
E-mail: joao.torres[at]

Rúben Coelho - Conservation Officer
Born in 1989 in Angra do Heroísmo (Azores), is graduated in Nature Guides from the University of the Azores since 2011, and has a Masters in Management and Conservation of Nature by the same institution. Conducted a study in collaboration with the Azorean Biodiversity Group of the University mentioned on the impact of the waves on the Coast Native Flora. More recently, he participated in the Federal State of Acre, an intensive course on Ecology of the Amazon rainforest. Nowadays, he collaborates with SPEA as a technitian of census and monitoring of the wildlife at LIFE Lands of Priolo project.
E-mail: ruben.coelho[at]

Maria Huaman – Project Management Assistant
Born in Madrid , is finishing her degree in Biology from the University Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid. She is a Forestry and Nature Management technician graduated from Villaviciosa de Odon Secondary School, Madrid. In 2015, worked as intern during three months with SPEA in the Azores, in the Project LIFE Lands of Priolo, collaborating in different areas like conservation ex-situ in the Plant Nurseries , monitoring of the wildlife and vegetation. Since January of 2016, through the program Estagiar T , works as a long period intern, in census and monitoring of wildlife in a Project LIFE Lands of Priolo.
Email: maria.huaman.spea[at]

José Pacheco - Senior 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.

Rafael Medeiros - ESTAGIAR-T Trainee
Born in the county of Northeast. He finished the Agrarian Production Technician Course at the Northeast Professional School and took his curricular internship at SPEA. He is currently carrying out an internship under the ESTAGIAR-T program where he assumes the main tasks in support of plant monitoring and other fieldwork, and maintenance of the SPEA nurseries.

Sergio de Tomás Marín - Trainee of the Eurodyssey Program
Born in San Vicente del Raspeig (Alicante, Spain) in 1986, he graduated in Biology in 2010; in 2011 he did his Masters in Biodiversity at CIBIO (Centro Iberoamericano de la Biodiversidad), at the same University. Attended Univerza v Ljubljani-Slovenia as an Erasmus student. After a year of working in New Zealand in agricultural activities, in 2013 he worked in the Department of Plant Ecology of Univerza v Ljubljani under the Leonardo da Vinci program. In 2017 he began his internship at SPEA Açores on Corvo Island as part of the Eurodyssey program.

Pauline Legrand - Eurodisseia program trainee
She was born in Belgium. In 2014 concluded the master's thesis in Bio-Engineering on the impact of an invading fish, "Goldfish" in the "Triton-alpine" habitat. After graduation, she worked two years with another invasive species, the Asian Ladybird, studying the causes of the invasive behavior of this species. In this stage with SPEA in São Miguel, Azores, she will support fieldwork, namely the monitoring of vegetation and the use of rails, in order to contribute to reduce the impact of invasive plants in the habitat of Priolo.

Achiel Buyse -  Eurodisseia program Trainee
He is 24 years old and comes from Belgium. He has a master's degree in Fine Arts, specializing in Media Arts. His work has mainly been developed with audio and video, but also digital facilities and experienced programming. At this stage, he is working at SPEA on short films / documentaries about the various projects that SPEA Açores is developing.

Ana Mendonça - Environmental Education Officer - Interpretative Center of Priolo
Born in Madeira Island in 1982, has a degree in Biology, University of Oporto. In December 2009, she concluded her master’s degree in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution. Since then she has collaborated with several institutions, namely Madeira’s island Natural Park in the Desertas Islands Reservation with the Monk Seal Conservation Program. Later in 2010, she worked in an Icelandic biotechnology company – Biolopol – as a research assistant in the study of the impact of pinniped populations in economically important teleost species in Iceland. In 2011, she integrated SPEA’s team in the Birdlife and Overhead Power Lines of Azores project as a trainee. Nowadays, she is the coordinator of the Interpretation Centre of Priolo, in São Miguel Island.
E-mail: ana.mendonca[at]

Andreia Amaral – Project Management Assistant & Environmental Education
Born on the 23rd of july of 1983 in Faial da Terra, Povoação. Has a degree in Journalism, by the Escola Superior de Comunicação Social de Lisboa, finished in 2007.  After concluding the degree, did de program Estagiar L on the magazine SABER Açores and worked there for 9 more months after finishing the program. In May 2009, worked as a Home and Day Center Assistant on the Home Maria Clara do Menino Jesus, in Povoação, and on June 2010 she was a radio host on the Rádio Nova Cidade, in Ribeira Grande. Joined SPEA in April 2011, as an Administration Assistant and Social Communication, on the project Life Laurissilva Sustentável. In 2013 she joined the Interpretation Center of Priolo as an Technical Assistant and remained as a Administration Assistant and Social Communication for the LIFE+ Terras do Priolo Project.
E-mail: andreia.amaral[at]

Miguel Abad – Environmental Education Assistant - Interpretation Centre of Priolo Officer
Born in Madrid (Spain) got a degree in Tourism in 2010 at the University Rey Juan Carlos of Fuenlabrada (Madrid) and since 2014 is Information and Tourism Management technician graduated from Higher School of Tourism of Madrid. After several years working as manager of language courses abroad, started in January 2015 a scholarship in SPEA at the Interpretation Centre of Priolo in São Miguel Island where  he will stay during nine months collaborating in the LIFE project Lands of Priolo.
Email: miguel.abad.spea[at]

Isabelle Tonglet - Eurodisseia Trainee
Born in Belgium, she has a master in social communication by the Institut des Hautes Études de Communication Sociale (IHECS) (Brussels), finished in 2014. Since 2015, she works as a socio-cultural educator in an association who does radio with the inhabitant of a neighborhood of Brussels. Between 2008 and 2016, she was volunteer in different associations for children.  In July 2017, she began an internship in SPEA in the Interpretation Center of Priolo in the Island of São Miguel, integrated in the Eurodysse program.
E-mail: isabelle.tonglet.speat[at]

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]

Laura Castelló Barceló - Conservation Officer
Born in Banyeres de Mariola, Spain, graduated in Biology in 2009 at the University of Valencia. In 2008 participated in a scholarship in Lisbon  and in 2011 did an internship in Madeira Natural Park collaborating within LIFE Project Porto Santo Islets. In March 2012 she began her collaboration with SPEA Madeira as a volunteer, and from October 2013 as a project assistant.
E-mail: lauracastello.spea[at]

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