Rebecca Pullinger Law and Policy Assistant
Rebecca graduated with a Masters in Geography in 2012 from the University of Bristol where she was President of the University’s Conservation society. She began developing her interest in conservation policy at a UK Wildlife Trust, and has supported the development of UK and international conservation policy through internships at a local council and at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She joins BirdLife Malta as the Law and Policy Assistant in February 2014 and is mainly looking into ways in which the Birds Directive can be more effectively applied in Malta.
Nick Piludu Development Assistant
Nick holds a Master's Degree in Conservation Biology from Bangor University, UK and one in Forest Ecology from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His first jobs were in his native Sardinia, where he worked on the conservation of oak forests and wetland birds. He then moved to Africa, and spent some time with sea turtles in Cape Verde - where he wrote and published his thesis on community-based conservation. After Cape Verde he joined a conservation organisation in Madagascar and researched the endemic fauna - lemurs, geckos, chameleons and poison frogs. At Birdlife Malta, Nick takes on a new challenge as he focuses on fundraising and development.
Ella Beeson Communications (Media) Assistant
Ella has a degree in Graphic Communication from Bath School of Art and Design. Since then, alongside freelance illustration, she has taken Diploma courses in Habitat Conservation and Work–Based Environmental Conservation. She spent a summer volunteering on a forest conservation project in Madagascar and for the last year she has been on a placement with Avon Wildlife Trust in Bristol. The combination of these interests and experiences has led her to the communications position at BirdLife Malta.
Holly Forsyth Communications (Events) Assistant
Holly has a degree in Zoology and an MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. For her undergraduate thesis, she investigated the effects of supplementary bird feeding in urban areas, and has experience of conducting bird surveys. She has spent time volunteering for science communication events in the UK, for an ocean research charity in South Africa, and she has previously worked as a Project Officer on a large-scale ecological project in the UK. Holly joined BirdLife Malta as a Communications Assistant in February 2014, and will primarily be working on coordinating events and social media.
Juan Mula Laguna Conservation Assistant
Juan graduated from the University of Barcelona in 2012 with a degree in Environmental Sciences. His bachelor’s thesis was conducted in Prague and focused on Tree Pipits and the behavioral role of their song. In 2013 he completed a Masters in Conservation, Management and Restoration of Biodiversity at the University of Granada. Here, his thesis concentrated on species distribution models and past weather projections. In the summer of 2013, as part his Masters, Juan joined the Spanish Institute of Oceanography as a research assistant intern. His started at BirdLife Malta in February 2014, here Juan’s work is centered on illegal hunting and trapping and the resulting injured birds.
Matteo Lattuada Conservation Assistant
Matteo obtained a degree in Biology in Italy and an MSc in “Biodiversity: Conservation and Restoration” at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. For his master thesis he had studied the human-lion conflict around Nairobi National Park, Kenya. He has spent time volunteering for people empowerment in Madagascar and assisting different projects concerning bird ecology during his studies. In particular, at the University of Antwerp he was working as research assistant for a project related to study the movements of Great Tits families in a fragmented landscape. Matteo works mainly on the monitoring of illegal hunting and trapping.
Christian Tiller Education Assistant
Christian holds a master’s degree in Education, Geography and Political Science, which he received from the Friedrich Schiller University in 2013. His studies focused on environmental and sustainable energy aspects, where he gained an in-depth knowledge of research practices though being a student assistant to the chair of Economic Geography. Christian has also trained as a teacher in secondary education. Together with our Education Manager, Hannah, he works with teachers in Maltese primary schools to educate children about the importance of conserving the environment, and helps to promote BLM’s work. Becoming an EVS volunteer has given him the unique opportunity to support of BirdLife’s efforts while gaining experience abroad.
Tomas Loyante Barea Administration Assistant
Tomas graduated in Business Sciences with a specialisation in accountancy and finances. He also has an environmental background, being part of different initiatives in Spain and in Poland, where he worked on environment protection and economic sustainability. A lover of nature and its creatures, Tomas joined BirdLife in February 2014 where he is fulfilling a new role created for the increasing amount of organisation and financial tasks.