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ABOUT STELLA

I am a conservation biologist and currently lead the Madagascar Whale Shark Project, an NGO that I founded in 2016.  My goal is to inform policy and sustainable management in Madagascar through the collection of ecological and biological data on whale sharks and other marine endangered species, while empowering local communities and educating the general public. Through my work I have identified more than 400 whale sharks, data which has contributed to the National Plan of Action for Sharks, introduced a code of conduct for the tourism industry, and initiated an environmental education program for Malagasy youth.

Born in Brussels, I studied in the UK (University of Warwick, Imperial College London) as a biologist with a focus on conservation and ecology.


At age 21, I first discovered Madagascar, then earned field experience on various projects (ecological research on birds, mammals and fish species, conservation NGOs, start-up development) across the world.

I also aim to motivate other conservationists, particularly women and younger generations, to set up their own projects and have an impact, while thriving both professionally and personally.

In my spare time I love to free dive, swim and ride horses. I also draw and take pictures. I usually spend my time between my hometown Brussels, Belgium, and my field site Nosy Be, Madagascar. 

 

GET IN TOUCH

I’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to get in touch about potential collaborations. For information about the Madagascar Whale Shark Project please use our website directly.

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