NEREIDE'S MAIN TEAM
EVA CHIARA CARPINELLI ROCK
Founder and president of Nereide. She graduated from the University of Pavia, Italy with a degree in natural science and went on to do a masters degree in the preservation of animals.
She is from Milan and arrived in Tarifa 2009, where she wrote her thesis on the study of the migratory movement of the sperm whale in the Straits of Gibraltar. She fell in love with the place and decided to settle here to live and work.
For the last seven years she has been the mother to a fantastic little girl, who has become a little fighter in her own right for the protection of the planet. Eva also has a love for travel where she has been able to discover other cultures, but she has always felt most connected to the sea and its creatures. She has worked on numerous projects focused on the conservation of whales in the Mediterranean Sea and in recent years has through the organization focused on providing educational environmental workshops in Schools. Since 2015 she has managed the Cachalote project, a craft based project which uses sea creatures as its inspiration, especially whales and dolphins. She decided to set up the association Nereide, in order to share her love and respect for the environment to children and adults a like.
CRISTINA OTERO WISE
From Granada, traveler and passionate about the sea and cetaceans from a very young age. She graduated in biology in 2014 and that same summer she started working as a whale watching guide in Tarifa for several seasons, and she carried out photo-identification studies of killer whales in the Strait of Gibraltar. Her motivation and her enthusiasm to continue learning from led her to continue her studies in the field of marine biology. She did an international MSc in marine biodiversity and conservation and her thesis was on the spatial distribution of the common dolphin in Ireland. She is currently completing a Ph.D. from the University of Padua, Italy.
In addition to science, she is also professionally engaged in art. Among her works, her watercolors stand out, with a marine and activist touch. She has also been doing conceptual and nature photography for over a decade.
Her experience as a whale watching guide sparked her interest in environmental education and research, and she established a very special bond with the Strait. For this reason, Cristina has been present in Nereide since its foundation, even from a distance, taking care of web design, network communications and project writing. She currently lives between Granada and Tarifa and is the secretary of the association.
Born in Tarifa. In 2007 he graduated in Biology from the University of Córdoba. He has lived in Portugal, Singapore, United Kingdom and the Netherlands, where he studied the master "Science and Innovation Management". He returned to Tarifa in 2014 and his main activity is strategic consulting under the name of Knowmad Consulting. Among other things, he advises associations, processes their documentation for their creation and manages grants for them.
He helped Nereide with its creation and today he is the treasurer and also advises its Board of Directors as much as possible.
SARA LACALLE MORENO
Born in Madrid, but living in her adopted regions of Extremedura and Cadiz. Brought up between the nature reserve of Montfragüe and the natural park of the Straits of Gibraltar, which awoke in her since a child, a passion for nature, animals and sports which allow her to enjoy these two interests. She graduated as an infant school teacher in 2014 and in the following year she gained a master’s degree which allowed her to teach at Secondary level. Currently she is working as a recreational teacher in Secondary and Infant schools in the area. Her interest in nature, her teaching vocation and the need to educate today’s youth about the crisis related to the natural world have enabled her to combine her two passions in the form of Nereide’s project Edunatura.
Alessia comes from Reggio Calabria, Italy, and has been living in Tarifa for a few years. She graduated in marine biology doing a project on identification of feeding areas of fin whales in the Ligurian Sea. She continued her master's studies at the University of Barcelona, where she conducted a study on monk seal feeding. Alessia's dream is that the human animals and the cetaceans of the Strait can share the sea in harmony. For this reason, she is doing a PhD on the integrated management of marine areas characterised by the presence of marine mammals in co-supervision by the University of Cádiz (Spain) and Aveiro (Portugal). During her doctoral project, she has been able to collaborate with the universities of Gibraltar (UK), Victoria (Canada) and Aucklan (New Zealand). She has also collaborated for more than a decade with the Tethys Research Institute (Italy). Alessia has been a promoter of the ferry project, has worked as an environmental specialist, marine biologist, operator of MMO and PAM and, also, as whale watching guide in the Strait of Gibraltar.
Her enthusiasm for the sea and animals have led her to participate in the initiative of the Nereide Association, of which she is a member and founding member.
Originally from Naples but lived many years in Milan. From an early age she was strongly attracted to biology, science and nature, and as a result graduated in Natural science. She worked for many years as a biologist in Lombardía, Italy, protecting plants native to the region. She arrived in Tarifa three years ago reuniting with her three siblings and with them decided to set up a new business venture in the form of a restaurant. She began to express her ideas and ethics in her new job by declaring war against plastic and business practices which harmed the environment.Missing her work as a biologist she began to organize events on environmental conservation together with her friend Eva and as a result of this began to collaborate with Nereide.The idea is to bring to attention to as many people as possible the importance of protecting and respecting the environment through events and workshops which bring together both local businesses and inhabitants of Tarifa, through initiatives such as one to encourage local businesses to stop using single use plastic. Her manta is: "if you are not part of the solution you are part of the real problem, take action now!“
The youngest member of Nereide. Nerea is an example to follow of empathy for animals and nature. He grew up in the middle of two seas, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. She is passionate about snorkeling and surfing. Since her first years of life she has rescued and helped animals in distress, from small insects to dogs and cats. She has always been a vegetarian, an active volunteer for several protectors, the first is to participate in each beach cleaning and a responsible and attentive consumer in supermarkets ... If there is plastic, she does not buy it! In short, an example to follow! Brava Nerea!
JOSE AARON CAIÑA GIL
He is 17 years old and from Tarifa. He has recently finished his secondary school education and has decided to study for a degree in Marine biology. From the early beginnings of the association he has helped considerably through social media networks as well as through his perseverance and enthusiasm.
Ana has just graduated in Biology. She was born and raised in Tarifa, but it was after her stay in Granada and Canada when she began to go into the marine life of the Strait, working as a whale watching guide. As a final step in her career, she studies the sperm whales that visit the Strait through photo-identification techniques, to better understand their conservation status.
She has participated in numerous projects as an environmental activist, and she collaborates with Nereide to raise awareness about the protection of animals and local nature. In addition, she is strongly involved in promoting a vegan diet and a circular economy as sustainable and ethical lifestyles.
Born in Milan, she has grown professionally as a graphic designer and has studied a variety of skills and printing techniques in order to develop graphic projects. Her passions are nature and sports which allow her contact with it. Through this grew “ Balene in garage “ a trip across the seas and oceans of Europe to discover stories, ideas and colors. A graphic project in honor of the the waves and powered by the gusts of wind. That same wind brought her to Tarifa and eventually to her getting to know Eva and the association Nereide. As a result she began to create graphic projects aimed at safe guarding the environment.
NICOLE AND NIA MÜNZINGER
Nicole has always followed her instinct and lived her dreams. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, she discovered her passion for the sea a long time ago. She was able to combine her passion and her creative profession as a graphic designer from the beginning and worked as a designer for wetsuits and harnesses. For her, it was clear that it would be better to work in a place where her products could be tested and thus her great dream came true in 2001: living by the sea and spending a lot of time in the water. She moved to Tarifa, where two seas meet, where the nature and beautiful beaches are her paradise. It inspires her and she feels that she has to take care of it. For this reason she is always organising beach cleanups, trying to raise awareness. She is an active member of Nereide and supports us both creatively and organisationally.
Since she gave birth to two wonderful children, this has become the philosophy of life for the whole family. Nia (12) is a girl with a very big heart and loves the sea. Her passion is windsurfing and surfing and after a session she always finds time to clean the beach or to take action in other ways (she is an active member of Plant for the Planet in Germany) and is very happy to be part of Nereide. Because caring for this planet is one of the things that matters most to her and her brother Leo, the situation of plastics in the seas and climate change worries them a lot.
Together with Nereide and all those who believe in the association, we will certainly get much more.
MARIA LEON CASTRO
Biologist and illustrator. She has developed her professional career as a biologist for more than 10 years covering many fields, such as the study of cetaceans, ornithology or ecology. Maria has worked for different entities: NGOs (Edmaktub), universities (University of Santiago de Compostela, University of Seville), research centers (Biological Station of Doñana) or private consultants (Xestec). She holds a Master's Degree in Geographic Information Systems and Database Management (US). During all this time Maria has combined her work as a biologist and as an artist.
She arrived to Tarifa in 2008 to work with migratory birds. In the past years she has been focusing on her own personal project on scientific illustration and nature. Through María León Ilustración she generates solid support in the field of communication as well as bringing beauty and connection with the natural world.
With Nereide, she has found her complement to bring ideas and proposals to action in order to improve our environment and our quality of life.
Denise is a determined person with a strong passion for protecting the environment, certified in the AGENDA 2030 and 17 Goals for Sustainable Development. She helps Nereide with her energetic and creative mind that is skilled in relational selling. Denise and highly interested to overcome challenges by implementing digital solutions as well as building excellent relationships with customers and prospects.
After 8 years of experience in the Technological sector where she has helped big companies not only to develop digital tools, but also put digital at the heart of their business, Denise is now part of a fully time Master in International Management in Lugano at Franklin University with a special focus on Responsible Leadership and Climate Action in collaboration with United Nations.