I am a conservation ecologist working at the European Wilderness Society, based in Austria. I am involved in the coordination of several national and EU-funded conservation projects, including LIFE and Interreg. This job combines both of my passions – communication and conservation – which I happen to have degrees in.
Originally I am from the South Austria. Being surrounded by many beautiful lakes and mountains, I was always passionate about animals and nature. However, first got site tracked by studying Media and Communication studies. When I finished this degree I didn’t really see myself working in the field of media but rather wanted to do something to protect the planet and its natural wonders. I participated in a conservation volunteer program in Kenya and it motivated me to study Biology. That’s how I found my way into science and that’s also when my eagerness to explore the world started. Eventually, I returned to Kenya for work, studied and worked in Australia (University of Queensland and University of Melbourne), volunteered in Indonesia, and did my Masters in in ‘Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management’ in Spain and Portugal. I advanced a lot in my technical skills regarding statistics and modelling in the last years, working at the Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) in Spain. There, I focused on species distribution modelling, climate change, and ecosystem services.
Besides being passionate conservation, I’m a strong advocator for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. So if I’m not working, you’ll find me cooking delicious vegan meals or doing sports (preferably outdoors).
Click below to read selected works from Julia on Ecology for the Masses.
Follow Julia on Twitter @JuliaRamsauer91.
You can find Julia’s podcast on Spotify at this link.