Dimitra Christidi (2020)
Alumni Diploma Students
I am a Biologist from Athens, Greece. I grew up within the city, passionate about wildlife, trying to get in touch with nature everywhere I went. Growing up in Greece, my passion began with marine wildlife, especially cetaceans. I knew I had to follow my passion and chased higher education in the field of Biology, where I steered my studies towards the orientation of Zoology/Ecology. During my studies, I volunteered with many NGOs, gained various field experiences and completed my research on the spatial analysis of the territory of male Rüppel’s warblers. From this research I developed an interest in bird monitoring and joined the Hellenic Ornithological Society, with which I participate every year in bird monitoring programmes all over Greece.
One of the NGOs I volunteered with as a student, was Callisto; a wildlife charity that studies large terrestrial mammals in Greece. I’ve been working as a field researcher in collaboration with Callisto for the past five years, where I also carried out environmental awareness programs and school environmental education, based on the presence of wolves and brown bears in Greece.
I am delighted to be part of the WildCRU’s Wildlife Conservation Practice Postgraduate Diploma, where I aim to gain knowledge of conservation practices that are being carried out all over the world. This way, I hope to get inspired for my own project planning and benefit the wildlife of my region. As a bonus, I believe that learning with esteemed professionals of the wildlife conservation field from Oxford, as well as meeting my peers at the Panthera buildings, will strengthen our networking, where young and old scientists can share experiences and ideas for a better future.