Angela & Eileen, Co-founders
Angela and Eileen founded the wild postcard project in early 2016. Sitting around in a pub one evening doing artwork (a tradition of theirs), they were discussing ideas for a new project that could combine their mutual loves of biodiversity and artwork. A bit of drawing, a bit of chatting, and a lot of brainstorming…and an idea was born!
Angela has a combined love for the ocean and exploration; that’s part of the reason she fell in love with deeper marine environments. As a marine scientist she explores the mysteries of mesophotic coral ecosystems by technical diving and the deep-sea using robots. Her favourite BC biodiversity are the spectacular living fossils Florometra seratissima (a feather star, related to sea stars) and Aphrocalistes vastus (a sponge made of glass!) because she gets to play with them for hours every day during her day job as a scientist… and is still memorized by them! Maybe also the deep-sea coral, Lophelia pertusa, because it builds beautiful coral reefs all over the world, including BC and Ireland, and is home to loads of biodiversity.
From the wilds of the Alaskan tundra to the lovely warm sands of the Mediterranean (and a few spots in between!), Eileen has worked in a variety of locations across the world. Linking these is her passion for finding creative ways to communicate science. She initiated the formation of Biodiversity In Our Lives, a project which saw the creation of a set of four beermats providing pub-goers with fun facts about biodiversity; they produced over 50,000 beermats that were distributed to pubs across Ireland and received coverage in The Irish Times, Science magazine, and on RTE radio. She has been an invited speaker at a variety of events including Electric Picnic, TED-x Osnabrück, and the Falling Walls conference. Eileen (who is ‘occasionally’ indecisive) is having trouble picking her favourite bit of Irish biodiversity – she can’t decide between the Siskin (because it rhymes with her last name), the puffin (because they’re totally cute), and her dog Noodle (because dogs are biodiversity too!).
The project would not be possible without our amazing team, who, like a pod of dolphins, exhibit strong team spirit, enthusiasm, and selflessness
Born in The Philippines, raised in The Netherlands, and globe trotting has instilled Johanna‘s compassion for people, their different cultures, and passion for biodiversity and it’s conservation. The habit of connecting dots has made her a born interdisciplinary mediator. She studied Liberal Arts and Sciences with a major in Environmental Sciences and Social Geography at Utrecht University. As an environmental and social science enthusiast she delved deeper into the connections between humans and nature, researching small-scale fishers and sustainability in The Philippines for her Bachelor thesis. Here, she met Angela.. words were spoken and the WPP @Philippines 2017 took off! Owning to her enthusiastic nature and eloquent linguistic skills she had tremendous success in engaging remote communities in small villages and mountainous areas. Her favourite biodiversity range from tiny nudibranchs to gigantic elephants!
Josianne’s passion for everything strange and beautiful (or strangely beautiful) below the sea has led her to study at UBC. Growing up around the vibrant stretches of tree covered mountain slopes and pebbled shores of North Vancouver it was difficult not to fall in love with BC’s wildlife. Her favourite BC biodiversity has to be the sea cucumber – eviscerating your guts will always be the best way to get someone to leave you alone!
Growing up in Bermuda, Madison was always exposed to the beauty of the ocean and its wildlife. After only experiencing tropical flora and fauna, British Columbia caught her attention with the incredible coniferous forests and the vastness of plants and animals that call it home. She is currently studying conservation in the Faculty of Biology at UBC and hopes to preserve the beautiful biodiversity the world has to offer. In her spare time, you can find her at the edge of the forest looking for rays of sunshine.
Maya is currently studying at UBC, pursuing her interests in environmental conservation, health, and indigenous culture. Maya grew up on Vancouver Island, where she had ample opportunity to explore the great outdoors. This exploration fostered her curiosity about the environment and its many inhabitants. Maya’s favourite BC biodiversity is the Whiskey Jack, a friendly bird that keeps her company while she is hiking.
Nessa is a creative entomologist, seeking to reintroduce humans to their natural habitat through colourful encounters with insects: biodiversity surveys for conservation management; prints, paintings, video and sound art with a focus on flora and fauna; and tailor-made bug-centric learning experiences such as participatory video projects and insect outings. She is a member of the Heritage in Schools panel for 2018-2020. That means she can bring her crazy insect workshops to a primary school near you! She has identified thousands of beetles for Trinity College Dublin and nearly as many reptiles and amphibians with SEED Madagascar, where she worked on a conservation programme for over a year. She recently had her first solo exhibition, BUGONIA, at Bí URBAN, featuring work from the Bee Time artist residency. She is one quarter of art collective Soft Blonde Moustache and a member of Discovery Gospel Choir, Ireland’s leading intercultural choir. She enjoys variety, and loves insects the most because no matter how long you study them there will always be something new to learn!
Tadhg – where would we be without this faithful pack leader, with us since the Project’s inception?! With over a decade of work in biodiversity research and its conservation, from marine to terrestrial habitats, Tadhg brings a wealth of knowledge necessary for the more technical parts of the project. Known for his witty jokes and outgoing personality, it’s safe to say that he is a fan favourite, especially with kids, parents, and teachers at our event ceremonies. It’s not all fun and games though, he’s often found working hard behind the scenes, multitasking in every part of the project to ensure everything (from production, events, communications) go smoothly. Tadhg explores all terrains, but lately he has been leading SCUBA diving projects in every corner of the world, and during these underwater expeditions he strives to find his favourite biodiversity: the John Dory and (all types of) sea turtles, both found in Irish waters.
Supporting organizations (and their favourite biodiversity):
An Taisce is very fond of the Pine Marten and threatened animals, such as Hen Harrier, Freshwater Pearl Mussel, Lesser Horseshoe Bat, and Arctic Charr. These are amazing animals that don’t get enough publicity.
Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) who love the sundew, a carnivorous plant found on bogs, the curlew (one of Ireland’s bog birds), as well as Sphagnum moss – the building block of bogs!