After completing a degree in Computing and taking several gap years (!) to travel, I saw first-hand the damage being done to wildlife and the ecosystems they inhabit and soon realised my long-term interests lay in the environmental sector rather than computing industry. This led me to start an internship with GVI at their biological research station in Jalova, Costa Rica. It was here that I met Steph and Ian who were running GVI’s Jaguar conservation project in partnership with Panthera. I was lucky enough to be taken on as staff at the station and became co-leader of the project. Working on the project was one of the most varied and rewarding roles of my life – having the jungle as your office is an experience not soon forgotten! The skills learnt during my time on the project have allowed me to complete an MSc in Marine Environmental Management in the UK and continue to pursue my environmental and research interests around the world, from the Philippines to New Zealand.