Lia Schlippe Justicia (MSc)

What do you want to be when you grow up? ‘Jane Godall’ was certainly my answer as a kid. Although I am not in Tanzania studying Chimpanzees (give me time on that), I am a devoted conservationist passionate about protecting the world’s amazing biodiversity through research, education and communication. 

Through my BSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of Barcelona and my MSc in Terrestrial Biodiversity and Conservation on Islands in the Canary Islands, I gained a deeper understanding of human-wildlife conflicts and the complexity of nature conservation. During my studies I had the incredible opportunity to conduct some research abroad studying GPS units on beavers in Norway, and host-parasite co-evolution on cane toads in Northern Australia. Furthermore, I completed an internship in La Caldera de Taburiente National Park, which allowed me to gain insight into the tasks of protected area management and restoration.

Originally from Spain, I love traveling and meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures. In addition, I particularly enjoy going out and spending time in nature observing animals (both in land and underwater), hiking and inspiring people to change daily habits to live more sustainably. I believe everyone can make a difference.

Although I love research and fieldwork, I have often noticed a concerning gap between science and conservation implementation. For this reason, I left my beloved sea to start a very exciting volunteer with the European Wilderness Society, and learn more about engaging communities and stakeholders in planning, managing and implementing conservation projects. My focus is on the Interreg BEECH POWER project aiming to raise awareness as well as actively engage stakeholders and general public in the protection of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe”.