beagle3 Development Team

Adrian Turner, Project Manager

Adrian is a traveller and tourism expert for Latin America with broadcast and electronic media experience, as well as practical and measurable commercial activity abilities.

He started as a UK local radio sound and commercial production engineer before world-wide expedition experience with Operation Raleigh involving tall ship sailing, expedition ship management, logistics, communications and PR, sponsorship, event and commercial representations. For more than 20 years has been located in Latin America active in the tourism industry providing services from small special interest groups, scientific expeditions and shore excursions for large cruise ships. Adrian is an accomplished web publisher and programmer.

He currently heads the Fundación Beagle, a charity in Chile, fostering educational and introductory scientific outreach objectives.

www.blue-strata.com

Victoria Coules, Content Manager

Victoria is a writer and artist, with some twenty years’ experience in the television industry in the field of documentary, mostly natural history and science. Her science background includes a BSc (Hons) in Engineering, and she taught mathematics to ‘A’ level, with physics and computer science for twelve years before entering the industry full time.

She then completed HNC and HND in Fine Art and a MA in Art, Media and Design (Merit, Fine Art), at the University of the West of England, maintaining her painting practice alongside her television work.

She is an experienced script writer with more than twenty credits as series writer or writer, and now additionally, develops and writes proposals and storyboards for new project ideas. She is a published author of books on popular science and local history.

www.hooded-crow.com

Dr Steve Nicholls FRES, Media Director

Steve is a multi-award winning documentary producer and director of nearly 30 years’ experience. He holds a PhD in entomology from the University of Bristol and is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. He is also a Visiting Researcher at the University of Manchester.

He worked as a research scientist for six years at the University of Bristol in the Zoology and Physics Departments, before leaving to join the BBC’s Natural History Unit.

He spent 10 years as producer and series producer at the BBC NHU, before becoming a freelance producer. His films have won prestigious awards from an Emmy to Best Limited Series at Jackson Wildlife Film Festival. He is an award winning wildlife stills photographer. In 2009 he wrote Paradise Found for the University of Chicago Press.

He is the Vice Chair of the Avon Wildlife Trust, and is involved in local conservation, community engagement and educational outreach activities. Through the AWT, he is also involved in the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and so reaches a national audience.

www.hooded-crow.com

Carlos Grau, Social Media and Creative Manager

Carlos is a biologist, palaeontologist and an experienced educator who has taught a range of topics, from primary school science to English as a second language.

He was first introduced to teaching as a Zoology Laboratory demonstrator while earning a Biology MSc at Simón Bolívar University in Venezuela; supporting students with their lab work, assignments and term projects, as well as planning fieldwork. This sparked a love of teaching which, added to his enthusiasm for science, led him to pursue a career in science communication.

After earning his MSc in Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol, he has worked as an educator in many different settings, mainly with the education departments of UK national museums – including the Science Museum and, most recently, the Natural History Museum – in different roles, developing and delivering a variety of education activities.

He strongly believes in the importance of scientific literacy, as so many of the decisions we must all make as modern citizens depend on a good understanding of science, and he feels that informal education in all its forms plays a very important role in facilitating and disseminating this understanding to a wide audience.

In his spare time, he is a guitarist, bassist and vocalist who has played in many bands and in a variety of musical styles, and enjoys writing and recording his own music. He also enjoys cooking: his speciality is Venezuelan empanadas, in the style he learned from his grandmother.

Stewart McPherson

Stewart is an award winning author of 25 natural history books, expedition leader and presenter of numerous wildlife documentaries. After his degree at Durham University and Yale University he spent nine years exploring 300 mountains across the world to photograph and research wildlife for his books and wildlife. He discovered and named 35 new species of plants, including the largest carnivorous plant ever discovered.

He owns and manages Redfern Natural History, an international wildlife book publishing and natural history film production company. Redfern’s latest 4-part broadcast series and book title follow Stewart exploring all fourteen UK Overseas Territories including many of the most remote inhabited islands on earth.

He writes extensively for journals and magazines, and lectures internationally in several languages. Stewart has received international awards for his conservation work safe-guarding species that are extinct in the wild.

www.redfernnaturalhistory.com

Daniel Aldo Gomez

Born and raised in Argentinean Patagonia, Daniel has a life-long relationship with nature conservation and environmental education. He became an environmental activist in his teenage years his mentors included the most prestigious scientists and naturalists of that time.

Soon after he obtained his degree in Ecology at Buenos Aires University (Argentina) he moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a documentary photographer career. He became the first Argentinean to be accepted and graduated in the world-renowned Newport College of Art (UWCN), being awarded a MA in Documentary Photography.

Based in Patagonia for the last eight years, Daniel continues to contribute to his country and local community with his knowledge and world-wide experience. He worked for the local City Council as a Consultant & Advisor on environmental and development issues and was in charge of the complete refurbishment of the Patagonia’s Natural History Exhibition of the Nahuel Huapi National Park Museum. He lectures and writes extensively on Nature and Environmental Photography and its Ethics, teaches Biological & Earth Sciences in secondary schools and leads guided tours with local and international naturalists and photographers. He is currently producing natural history documentaries for Argentina’s national education channel.

Thanks to his first-hand knowledge of Latin American terrain, wildlife and his multi-language skills, Daniel has been working within the international natural history documentary industry for the last 18 years. Acting as Local Producer, Field AP, Scientific Consultant, Advisor and Researcher, he’s been involved in the making of many of the top BBC’s landmark series, as well as programmes made for NatGeo, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and for the most prestigious British and European production companies.

www.danielaldogomez.com

Ali is a TV professional with 17 years’ experience. Initially training as a teacher she decided that there was more opportunity in TV production. She started as a coordinator and worked her way up to Head of Production. She is a knowledgeable media communicator and versatile project manager. Her passion for science has stood the test of time and her qualifications: a BSc (Hons) in Zoology, a PGCE in Science and an MSc in Science Communication, demonstrate her commitment to spreading the importance of science and enabling people to understand its significates in today’s world.

Paul is a highly experienced, award winning producer of specialist factual series and films. His productions include wildlife (Wonders of the Monsoon, Ice Age Giants), science (The Incredible Human Journey, Climate Change – Britain Under Threat) and history (Nuremberg – Nazis on Trial; Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives). After spells working for the BBC World Service and teaching physics in Zimbabwe, he began his TV career in 1994 on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World. After making a number of major series in London for BBC TV and Oxford Film And Television, he moved west in 2009, to work for the BBC Natural History Unit. He recently left the BBC to become freelance.

Tania is an outdoor learning educator, traveller, zoologist and award-winning natural history film maker.  After a childhood in the wilds of the Zambezi Valley she gained her Zoology degree at the University of Cape Town.  She worked at the BBC natural history unit for 25 years, producing a diverse range of wildlife programming such as Big Cat Diary, Wildlife On One, Animal Camera and Deadly 60.  Driven by the desire to inspire the next generation of scientists, she trained as a teacher, which soon led her to returning to the great outdoors to set up the Learning & Interpretation programme at the Wild Place Project in Bristol.