Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
In my leisure time I try to surround myself as much as possible with nature. This was already the case when I was a child. You could always find me outside, while others were focused on computers and social media. From a young age, I was fascinated by nature and this fascination has continued to grow. For me, nature is resplendent with beautiful fauna and flora that are a source of inspiration for us and reveals the wonders of evolution. They are not only indispensable to keep nature in balance, but also our well-being.
Now as a young adult, I extend my passion in my studies. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Brussels (2017). Now I’m completing my Master of Science degree in Ecology and Biodiversity with a focus on Human Ecology. I also gained experience in tropical fieldwork through a specialized herpetology trip in Arunachal Pradesh, India.
Through exploring and learning more about conservation and sustainable development, I continue to develop a strong desire to work in the field and to be aware of the local context and the needs of differing stakeholders. When trying to protect a landscape or region, it is important to work with the locals, to understand and address their different viewpoints and respect their indigenous rights.