Bok or Olá! My name is Carolina, I am from Portugal and I am a European Solidary Corps (ESC) volunteer working on the Islands Birds project, with Biom.
I have a Masters in Conservation Biology from the University of Lisbon, where I studied the trophic ecology of two small pelagic fishes which are the main prey of big fishes, marine mammals and seabirds in Madeira, Portugal.
One of my main interests in ecology is studying networks, which means understanding the relations between species in an ecosystem, and studying various species simultaneously.
I joined this project because it will give me the opportunity to learn more about birds’ ecology and gain more field experience. Additionally, it is an opportunity to work in an NGO which has an active role in biodiversity protection.
In the next few months I will be on Lastovo Island with three more ESC volunteers. We will be supporting the LIFE Artina Project and we will have the opportunity to work with three seabird species: Audouin’s Gull, Yelkouan Shearwater and Scopoli’s Shearwater. Also, we are going to work with Platforma Hvar to do environmental education projects with the communities of Hvar and Lastovo. In both places, I wish to explain the importance of these species, the reasons why we should preserve the environment, and why science is so cool.
In my free time I hope to travel throughout Croatia and explore as much as I can of this beautiful country so I can get to know more about your culture. I’m very enthusiastic about this journey and I’m sure I will learn a lot!
See you soon!
Carolina is a participant of the Island Birds project implemented by the Association Biom as part of the European Solidarity Corps program.