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 hump back 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.
Alessia comes from Reggio Calabria, Italy. She graduated in Marine biology and worked in the field of the feeding habits of fin whales in the Liguria sea. She went on to study for a masters degree in the University of Barcelona, where she studied the dietary habits of the monk seal. In the most recent years she has been living in Tarifa where she obtained her doctorate in the integrated management of areas characterised by the presence of marine mammals. She has worked as an environmental specialist, marine biologist, MMO and PAM operator, and also as a whale watching guide in the Straits of Gibraltar. Since 2004 she has collaborated with the Tethys institute in Italy. Her enthusiasm for the sea and animals led her to participate in the initiatives of the association Nereide, of which she is a founding member.
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.
CRISTINA OTERO SABIO
Born in Granada, a lover of travel and passionate about the sea and cetaceans since she was little. She graduated with a degree in biology in 2014 and from the summer of that same year began working as a guide for the whale watching company Tumares based in Tarifa and continued to do this for many summer seasons. Her motivation and enthusiasm for keeping learning has continued, leading her to obtain an international masters degree in biodiversity and marine conservation. She did her master thesis on spatial distribution of common dolphin in Irish waters and she has also performed a photo-identification study of orcas in the Straits of Gibraltar. She is currently working towards her doctorate in the University of Padua, Italy. As well as being a scientist, she is an illustrator. Her illustrations reflect her vision of marine life and she uses this to transmit a message through visual means. Her experience working as a whale watching guide awoke her interest in environmental education and helped establish a special connection between her and the zone. Cristina, has help Nereide from the distance with design of its website, graphic design for events and projects as well as providing essential knowledge and ideas.
Born in Tarifa a few years ago and in 2007 graduated in Biology from the University of Córdoba. He has lived in Portugal, Singapore, Great Britain and the Netherlands, where he studied for a masters degree in Science and Innovation management. He returned to Tarifa in 2014 where his main activity is in strategic consultancy through his business Knowmad consulting. Amongst other things, he advices associations and helps them the necessary paper work to set themselves up. From the beginning he has helped in this way with Nereide. He participates in its events and helps n any way he can the committee with the running of the association.
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!“
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.
Born in Great Britain but has lived in Tarifa for the last 5 years. During this time she became an active member of a group of volunteers called Limpiemos Tarifa, fighting the constant problem of plastic waste in our seas and beaches as well as helping considerably in the association Nereide. “Volunteering for Nereide has given me a great feeling of satisfaction. As a visual artist I see the importance to look around me. As a result I see a lot of damage which we as humans are inflicting on the world today and so I feel it is important to use my work as a way of educating and hopefully changing this wave of destruction through various activities in the association".
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.
MANON MICHELLE MONHEMIUS
From Holland to the South of Spain! Manon is a founding member of Nereide. She works closely with sellers, helping them to reach their markets and clients. She specializes in the development of marketing strategies and communication, crowd funding campaigns, as well as the development of multimedia, web and social media management. She is a big defender of the environment and has worked on several different projects, she has her own brand of ethical and sustainable clothing called Turtle&Trees. Being the charismatic person she is, with a gift for communication, she has become an excellent events organizer.
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.
After finishing her studies in anthropology at University she began to collaborate with an established art studio in her city of birth, Bolonia (Italy). Later she opened her own craft studio specializing in paper craft in the same city and followed her passion. During the five years she has lived in Tarifa she has enjoyed energy of this magical place which has richly inspired her. She creates her own objects and decorated them using her skills with paper and provides these skills t Nereide to help in its projects to educate and highlight the environment through images.
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.
MARÍA LEÓN 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.
Educadora social de profesión y escritora saliendo de la sombra.
Olalla trata de combinar la creatividad como herramienta de expresión y transformación a través de la escritura con el resto de sus inquietudes. Empezó a acercarse al mundo de la educación ambiental y el desarrollo sostenible en el año 2007, formándose de la mano de varias ONGDs como Amigos da Terra, Panxea o la Coordinadora Galega de ONGDs. Estudió Educación Social en A Coruña e intentó centrar su carrera en proyectos de desarrollo rural. Trabajó como educadora ambiental e intérprete de la naturaleza en centros de educación ambiental y proyectos en terreno.
Llegó a Tarifa en el año 2015, donde hace pequeñas formaciones sobre el entorno, la fauna y la flora. Hoy en día su proyecto principal se centra en escritura, creatividad y en trasmitir su sentir diario mediante la palabra. Puede seguirse en su blog o enInstagram. Colabora con Nereide poniendo su escritura como aportación, dando voz a los proyectos y principios que Nereide tiene, a través de artículos y post, ya sea para el blog o para diferentes revistas o plataformas locales.