Tineke joined the DCNA Secretariat at the end of May 2015 as Research Communication Liaison.
Tineke’s source of affection for nature and other cultures lies in her childhood, which was spent, in part, on Bonaire. She loves island life; the mix of people, the outdoor life and trips to the other nearby destinations. When she turned 12 her parents gave her dive lessons as her birthday present. A great present for a future biologist!
Tineke moved back to the Netherlands and once she finished high school she felt it was time for a new adventure and traveled to Bolivia to do voluntary work. After her “gap-year”, Tineke completed a BSc in biology at the Vrije University of Amsterdam. Whilst she was studying in the Netherlands, her parents moved back to the Caribbean: this time to Sint Maarten. So Tineke was fortunate to be able to escape the cold weather and to relax every Christmas and summer at her parent’s home.
As part of her MSc in Biology (specializing in ecology), Tineke had the opportunity to write her own research projects. Her first research project allowed her to explore Sint Maarten’s nature. She loved being back in the Caribbean and doing research. So once she finished on Sint Maarten she moved to Bonaire and completed a dive master internship.
Having finished her studies in the Netherlands, Tineke packed her bags and moved back to the Caribbean. She completed a marine biology course in Curacao and finished her Master’s studies on Bonaire with an ecology research project.
Tineke said: “As a recently graduated biologist it is great to have this job. It is a really wonderful opportunity to keep learning about the different islands, their nature, culture, people, organizations and networks. I feel blessed to be part of the DCNA team and to contribute to protecting the nature of these beautiful Caribbean islands.”