TBA was established in 1993 by a group of dedicated biologists in order to give a high standard of ecology and conservation training to African and European biologists alike, thereby strengthening the international scientific and conservation community. Since its first course with 27 participants (18 Europeans and 9 Africans) in Uganda, TBA has grown from strength to strength. Since the beginning, TBA has trained over 1,200 biologists from over 50 different countries. Annually three or four courses are rotated and carried out in the following countries: Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Madagascar with, in 2009, a course in Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Established through funding from the Darwin Initiative, the TBA is supported by grants and collaborative programmes from government and non government agencies and the private sector. It has a subscribing membership of over 40 universities, research departments and conservation institutions which form the basis of its governing council. The TBA offices are located in Cambridge and Nairobi. Click here for the TBA office contact details.
Sue Barnard, Partnerships Manager, Cambridge office
Sue manages TBA’s corporate partnership programme, helping business to better understand and manage its impacts and reliance on biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. She has engaged with business and NGOs to develop a range of tools, training and on-the-ground solutions to build ecosystem resilience in developing countries. Prior to this she worked as the Coordinator for TBA’s field-based conservation courses. She has also taught tropical ecology and conservation and has a doctorate in fire ecology.
Monica Frisch, Office Manager, Cambridge office
Monica has worked in various secretarial and administrative roles as well as having experience of small-scale publishing, freelance research in the environmental sector and teaching adult education courses. She is an enthusiastic amateur botanist with a keen interest in ecology, conservation and wider environmental issues. Her role is to keep the Cambridge office running smoothly including producing publications, arranging travel and keeping the finances in order.
Maina Gregory, Project Officer, Nairobi office
Maina joined TBA in 2007 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from Egerton University, Kenya. He previously worked as a conservationist with a private conservation reserve in Laikipia, northern Kenya. Currently he is a Project Officer for TBA assisting in running TBA field courses as well as maintaining the TBA contact database. He has a special interest in invasive plants.
Henry Karanja, Course Coordinator, Nairobi office
Henry is the African Course Coordinator for the Tropical Biology Association. He holds a Masters of Science in Natural Resources Management degree from Egerton University, Kenya. Before joining the TBA in 2010, Henry was a teaching and research assistant on East African wildlife and invertebrate ecology at the Department of Natural Resources, Egerton University.
Anthony Kuria, Program Manager, Nairobi office
Kuria holds a Masters' degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Before joining TBA in 1998, Kuria was a research associate in the Ornithology Department at the National Museums of Kenya. He has served as a trainer on TBA's annual international field courses in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, and heads TBA's Nairobi office.
Clive Nuttman, Course Coordinator, Cambridge office
Clive has a Bachelors' degree in Environmental Biology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland where he also completed his PhD. studying pollination ecology, and lectured for 3 years. He coordinates and teaches on TBA's annual international field courses in East Africa and Madagascar, and has worked in Central America, Israel, the Greek Islands, and Egypt.
Emmah Owidi, Project Officer, Nairobi office
Emmah has a Bachelors of Education (Science) Degree and majored in Botany and Zoology. She has a keen sense of nature and a great interest in matters of biodiversity and conservation. She would like to see a world where the ecosystem is respected and protected rather than destroyed. She wants to use her skills to help further this cause. She manages the TBA Alumni Follow-up Support Program and the online information centre.
Rosie Trevelyan, Director, Cambridge office
Shortly after being awarded a PhD. by Oxford University in the early 1990s, Rosie helped found TBA and has raised over $4 million since then to fund the training programs that she has created. Rosie has travelled widely throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific, and is part of a team responsible for developing plans to conserve the biodiversity of the Pitcairn Islands.
Emily Woodfield, Corporate Partnerships Project Manager, Cambridge office After completing a degree in Biological Sciences and her Masters in Conservation at University College London, Emily has worked in conservation and ecology all over the world. Most recently she has been managing a large-scale programme of conservation work in Cambodia. Emily is now putting both her project management skills and private sector engagement experience to good use as the TBA Corporate Partnerships Project Manager, in particular managing the BATBP programme of conservation work in Uganda.Contact: email@example.com