Joelle’s motto is “Science for a purpose” and she created her own NGO to bring that reality to life. Combining science with education and enthusing those around her to make effective conservation efforts.
Name: Joëlle De Weerdt
Job Title: Marine Mammal Biologist
- What inspired you to pursue a career in marine conservation?
I always wanted to help toward the conservation of cetaceans.
- What steps did you take/are you taking to achieve your career goals?
I have a Master degree in Biology and participated as a volunteer to four different research projects based on marine mammals.
- How did you land your current job/position?
I started my own non-profit organisation and created my own job even if I’m still volunteering today.
- Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?
I love science and share it with the world. This is why I thrive our motto “Science for a purpose”.
- Are there aspects of your position which make you feel that you are really ‘making a difference’?
I’m combining science with education in order to make conservation actions effective.
- What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were starting out?
How to deal with Centro-American Culture.
- Are there any skills you never thought you would need but did?
Yes: accountancy and communication.
- What advice would you give to budding marine conservationists?
Keep up the motivation and faith in the future of marine conservation.
- What is your favourite marine creature and why?
Humpback whales. They are elegant and mysterious. We think we know everything about them but we still need to discover many things
- What is your most unforgettable moment in the sea?
Observing a newborn humpback whale in Madagascar was really exceptional. This rare event has impacted much of my choices in my life.
Thanks Joëlle, wow what a privilege to see a new-born humpback whale!
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