Nicola’s PhD focused on the protection of vulnerable marine reefs and associated marine protected areas. Before that, she was awarded an international scholarship from the Bermuda Biological Station for Research to undertake genetic studies of coral populations.
Over the last ten years she has driven forward successful conservation initiatives that have spanned from grassroots projects to policy creation. She has held various international posts, with a focus on protected areas and the sustainable use of natural resources – in particular fisheries. Having diversified into the terrestrial and broader environmental sectors, she has been instrumental to the establishment of a locally run NGO in Tanzania. The NGO focusses on human-wildlife conflict and supporting local rural communities to access the benefits of ecotourism and education. Before her PhD, she obtained a Master of Research in Marine, Coastal Ecology and Environmental Management. Nicola’s first degree was in Marine and Freshwater Biology. She is a professionally qualified project manager and is skilled at capacity-building, stakeholder participation and facilitation.Nicola Chapman