I was born in Germany but grew up in North Greece, where I was always elated by any opportunity to interact with living creatures, be they either large or small. I was fortunate enough to have a childhood full of colour, full of outdoor activities and adventures, that cultivated my deep love for the natural world. Like any child I was fascinated by everything in my environment and my first lessons were given by nature herself. From a very young age I made an oath to protect all living creatures, which I still hold myself to today. And so, it should be no surprise to hear that the protection of the environment soon became my crusade.
I’ve studied Forest engineering and Forestry and within these studies my major area of interest has become the conservation and management of wildlife. In order to finish my master’s degree, I have had to start work in an unrelated field but although my time is limited, I still try to immerse myself as much as possible within nature.
I have always felt passionate about butterflies, partly because of their beauty and partly because their life cycles make them such enigmatic insects. Throughout my studies the importance of insects has become increasingly apparent, especially in terms of their roles within functioning ecosystems and this is particularly true of butterflies.
For the last seven years Corfu has been my home and I have been overwhelmed by the astonishing diversity and abundance of the island’s butterflies. In recent years I have become increasingly concerned by the pressure that butterflies are under, especially from development and it’s clear that we need to think more carefully about the protection of habitats for butterflies, along with all the other wildlife of Corfu.
I’m really pleased to be able to make a positive contribution as a member of the Corfu Butterfly Conservation team.