Caribbean Program Officer
M.Sc. Integrated Landscape Ecology, Cranfield University
B.Sc. Ecology and Earth Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus
Justin is Re:wild’s Caribbean Program Officer. In this role he supports projects in collaboration with partners and other stakeholders to improve biodiversity conservation capacity and actions across the Caribbean.
Justin was born in Barbados where his passion for species conservation started while supporting research on the endemic Barbados Leaf-toed Gecko, a re-discovered lost species. Following this he worked in the United Kingdom as a field ecologist, conducting surveys for a wide range of protected species including bats, badgers, reptiles, and amphibians.
He returned to the Caribbean to work on biodiversity projects in Saint Kitts & Nevis and Grenada, and subsequently became Technical Assistant at IUCN on The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA). In this role he supported local grantees, provided technical support for five countries to apply the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool, and built the capacity of protected area managers across public and private sector agencies.
Justin is also the founder of a consultancy that focuses on conservation of critically endangered species like the Barbados Leaf-toed Gecko and Hawksbill Turtle through monitoring and invasive species management. This also provides a platform for the next generation of ecologists and conservationists to learn new skills and develop their careers.
Through these experiences he has developed strong relationships with key partners, government agencies, and NGOs across the Caribbean. He intends to leverage this regional experience to help support and develop projects that conserve biodiversity while benefiting surrounding communities.
He enjoys travelling, photography, hiking, scuba diving, and spending time with friends and family.
Bastin Lucy, Graziano Mariagrazia, Springer Justin. Chapter 8: Box 12. Marine Protected Area (MPA) Networks: connectivity research from the Caribbean. UNEP-WCMC and IUCN (2021) Protected Planet Report 2020. UNEP-WCMC and IUCN:Cambridge UK; Gland, Switzerland.
Springer, J. (2020). Best Practices in Green Monkey Deterrence: A Manual for Farmers in Barbados. The Ministry of Environment and National Beautification, Barbados.59pp.