Anabela Paula has a degree in Biology from the University of Aveiro and held a master's degree in Ecology, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management from the same institution.
With over 15 years of professional experience, her first contact with biology started much earlier, at the age of 10, when she did her first field trip in Malcata Natural Reserve, with a group of biologists that inspired her to follow their "footprints". Her first professional experience was the design of an “Ecological Monitoring Plan for the Natural Park of Sierra y Cañones de Guara” that was done at the University of Alcalá de Henares (Spain). The following year, she went back to Malcata Natural Reserve where she developed her master thesis under the project "Recovering the Iberian Lynx ecosystem through species and habitat management". With the DaVinci stage opportunity she worked in Doñana Biological Station in the project "Recovery Iberian Lynx population’s in Doñana Biological Reserve".
Anabela joined Bioinsight group in 2007, and in the first 8 years she mostly worked in the design, coordination and implementation of Compensation and Offset Projects in Portugal to mitigate the residual impact of power lines and/or wind farms in large birds of prey (Bonelli's eagle, golden eagle, hunter harrier), black stork, red-billed chough etc.
In 2015 Anabela started to work mostly in international projects, being responsible for more than 25 projects in Mozambique, namely: in land management (Strategic Environmental Assessment, Multi-sectorial Plan and Special Land Management Plan of the Zambezi Valley), Nature Conservation and Adaptation Strategy to Climate Vulnerability (in Quirimbas National Parks), Biodiversity Management Plans according to the IFC Principles and Standards (eg. Mining and agriculture sector), Assessment, Management and Monitoring of High Conservation Values according to the FSC Principles and Criteria (forestry sector), Environmental Social Impact Assessment (electric sector, oil & gas) and implement the ecological monitoring programs (several sectors, namely for the Liquefied Natural Gas Project of Anadarko Mozambique Area 1 - AMA 1). Recently is starting a new Bird and Bat monitoring project in Colombia (wind energy sector).
Main working areas or relevant skills: Project manager and team coordination; Design implementation and coordination of Mitigation projects (specially offset) and Action plans for endangered species; Local community awareness; Field detection and identification of inland mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds (direct and indirect methods); Writing and supervision of technical and scientific reports and papers.