Leandro Luis Tamini and Erika Gress
Leandro Luis Tamini
Leandro is a scientist, conservationist and an inventor who has spent the past 13 years studying and working to conserve the seabirds of Argentina. He is responsive, enthusiastic and fully committed to his work.
He has invented the ‘Tamini Tabla’, a device that has the potential to drastically reduce seabird mortality due to collision with trawl cables in oceans around the world. It is a weighted buoy attached to the end of the scaring lines that creates drag and prevents the lines from becoming entangled, which could save more than 10,000 black-browed albatross annually.
Leandro has also conducted ground-breaking research in Argentina which has informed the broader scientific community and his own efforts to advance seabird conservation. He initiated the first on-board observers’ program in Argentina that recorded interactions between seabirds and fisheries and established an extensive citizen science network (ECOFAM). During the first two years of ECOFAM, 30 volunteers from 13 towns spent 200 hours conducting beach surveys, collecting data on the aquatic species which had washed up on shore.
Erika is a marine researcher and conservationist with over 6 years’ experience conducting research and conservation initiatives in Mexico and internationally, with her current focus being on Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems (MCEs) and Black Corals.
She was given the opportunity to lead her first project in Mexico’s Cozumel National Park after honing her project planning and leadership skills at CLP’s Conservation Management and Leadership Training workshop. Erika led her team on a 55-metre dive to study MCEs, navigating challenging waters and strong currents and using specialist skills, knowledge and experience to cope with these testing conditions. Her study revealed the biodiversity of mesophotic coral ecosystems in Cozumel Mexico and highlighted their importance and current threats.
Thanks to her dedication, Erika has been able to meet and lobby Mexican management authorities and has been approached to collaborate and help with conservation planning.