Nick Huisman, MSc

Project Manager based in Austria

As a graduate biologist from the Wageningen University in The Netherlands, I joined the Wilderness Team and am working from the main office in Tamsweg in the Biosphere Reserve Lungau, Austria.

By the end of 2016 I finished my Biology studies in Wageningen. I took almost every opportunity to study and live abroad, as a result I studied in Norway, worked in South Africa, and was an conservation intern at a bison-project in Romania. I received an award for the best fieldwork of 2016 from my chair group at the Wageningen University. During my projects my interest in ecology and nature conservation grew more and more. Although I have worked a lot with larger herbivores, my interest is much wider. My knowledge on (marine) mammals, birds, insects and plants, make me an allrounder in the biological field and very interested in the new WILDIslands, WILDCoasts and WILDRiver Wilderness categories.

My Wilderness Motto

The world of biology is immensely diverse. We are still discovering new species and places every year. Nature’s complexity fascinates me, and pushes me to put my efforts into the conservation of nature.

I inherited the drive to travel from my family and has explored many corners of the world. Also, I love to spend time outside in nature, hiking in the mountains and cycling.

Project focus

I completed my experience as a volunteer through the European Solidarity Corps. Afterwards I joined the team and now I am the focal point for the INTERREG Project BEECH POWER which has the main objective to improve the management quality and effectiveness of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and other regions of Europe.”

I am also the lead project developer for such programmes like INTERREG, LIFE and ERASMUS projects. Furthermore, I am part of the IUCN World Commission of Protected Areas.

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