Our team

The team of "TERRA NATURALIS. Nature, Culture and Development" is formed by the Board of Directors, which is made up of three experts in nature conservation and our collaborators, an exceptional group of people who collaborate and work with us.

Jorge Fernández Layna


Degree in Biological Science.

He began his professional experience since the beginning of the 1990s, mainly was focused on conservation projects for endangered species, such us mediterranean monk seal, arctic wolves, western capercaillie, brown bears and bearded vultures. He has extensive experience in international conservation projects. He has been worked on numerous projects developed in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. In recent years he has devoted a large part of his professional activity to the management of populations of wild ungulates, wild rabbits and invasive alien species. In recent years he has devoted a major part of his professional activity to the management of populations of wild ungulates, european rabbit and invasive alien species. Currently he works in the coordination and development of a reintroduction project of the Quebrantahuesos.

José Luis González López


PhD in Biological Science.

Dr. José has a thirty-five years of professional experience in the field of animal ecology, monitoring of species, conservation of nature and natural resources. He works as director and coordinator of numerous studies and projects on monitoring and conservation of threatened species. He is the author and co-editor of more than a dozen books and scientific articles about natural species and biodiversity. He is the editor of the Red Book of the Vertebrates of Spain.

María Pérez Ortega


Degree in biological Science.

Master's Degree in Geographic Information Technologies. Specialist in Geographic Information Systems, environmental modeling, cartography, remote sensing and database management. International experience during two years in Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania as a biologist and specialist in Geographic Information Systems. Also she was involved in developing valuation projects, delimitation and proposal of designation of protected natural areas and monitoring of threatened species. Experience in projects of control and eradication of invasive alien species (boreal raccoon and American mink) for the Community of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha and Galicia.

Alba Meijide Méndez

Terra Naturalis' team

Degree in Environmental Science.

Official Master's Degree in Geographic Information Technologies. Specialist in geographic information systems, remote sensing and cartographic production. Three-year work experience in different European and national environmental projects related to landscape, ecological connectivity and conservation and monitoring of threatened species. Full-scale experience as a GIS technician performing tasks of information analysis, cartography and study and characterization of the territory. Experience in monitoring studies of alpine birds in Picos de Europa. Training in interpretation of the natura and environmental education.

Javier Herrera Gómez

Terra Naturalis' team

Degree in Veterinary

Experience in zoological centers (Centro Integral Canino de Majadahonda y Pabellón de Medicina y Cirugía Experimental del Hopsital Gómez Ulla). Full-scale teaching experience in various environmental education programs and postgraduate (master) programs related to threatened species, the environment, environmental impact assessment, and waste management. (Universidad Politécnica- Centro Desarrollo Directivos, Ayuntamiento de Alcalá de Henares) More than 10 years of experience in carrying out studies and censuses of threatened fauna. Environmental impact assessments of different infrastructures (parques eólicos).

Miguel Rico Barroeta

Terra Naturalis' team

Degree in Biological Science.

Specialist in Zoology. Master's Degree (MSc) in Tropical Amphibian Ecology at the State Rio de Janeiro State University (Brazil). Experience in a great number of projects related to birds and mammals, especially carnivores. Great connoisseur and international expert of the most varied ecosystems: from the Canadian Arctic, the Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees to the plains of the Pantanal or the Brazilian jungles, passing through the Castilian steppes.

Tomás Velasco

Terra Naturalis' team

Degree in biological sciences.

More than thirty years of experience in ornithological studies and monitoring, especially of waterfowl, in several Spanish autonomous communities. More than 50 scientific and informative publications on avifauna, with several books published. Co-author of the Bird Guide of Castilla y León. Environment Defender Award of Castilla-La Mancha (2007). He is currently working on a long-term follow-up (more than 25 years) on the aquatic avifauna linked to the wetlands of La Mancha.

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