Marisa has been passionate about wildlife since a young age. Born in Portugal, she spent most summers in direct contact with nature whilst camping, where she had a lot of animal encounters including caring for young birds fallen from their nests.
During her Biology BSc, she delved into the world of bats, conducting her dissertation on the roost preferences of the lesser horseshoe bats. This ignited an interest in bats and research focused on conservation. Later, she relocated to the UK to pursue an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and had the opportunity to fulfil her dream of working in South Africa through a two-month internship. This experience led her to look for more ways to help SA conservation, leading her to enthusiastically join Bats without Borders.
Through volunteering and professional experience, she has worked with a diverse range of animals, engaging in various projects such as reintroducing ospreys, translocating water voles and newts, monitoring small mammals and reptile populations, and, of course, surveying bats! In an unceasing search for learning, she continuously seeks out new experiences and embraces opportunities to spend time outdoors. She is currently employed as a seasonal ecologist in the UK while seeking a PhD research opportunity to study African bats.