WCS Nicaragua


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Laura Irvine
Coordinator, Hawksbill Conservation Project
Laura is a marine scientist originally from Canada. She previously coordinated another research project for nesting hawksbill, green and leatherback turtles in Tortugero, Costa Rica, and has field experience with terrestrial, freshwater and marine species in Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, Nicaragua and the UK. She also has four years of project management experience for a European Commission funded project on the integrated impacts of natural disasters, as well as undertaking different management and research contracts for a list of conservation NGOs. She has an MSc in Marine Environmental Management from the University of York (UK), an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent at Brussels (Belgium) and a BA Honours in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University (Canada).
William A McCoy
Field Supervisor, Hawksbill Conservation Project
Bill is a former turtle fisherman from Pearl Lagoon. He first started noticing harmful impacts of fisheries and poaching in the late 1990s, and became more concerned about the long-term protection of local resources. He was approached by WCS and became a founding staff member of the Hawksbill Conservation Project in 2000. He plays an important role in communicating with local community groups, fishermen, and governments about conservation objectives for hawksbills and other species/habitats. He supervises and leads data collection efforts during the hawksbill nesting season each year, as well as contributing to the ongoing turtle donation, and tag and release programs at WCS.

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