SAERI Personnel

Dr Paul Brickle


Paul Brickle took up his appointment with SAERI in March 2012 marking its formation. Paul is an experienced marine ecologist with a great deal of South Atlantic expertise. Paul joins SAERI after 10 years working as a Fisheries Biologist and Marine Ecologist with the Falkland Islands Government Fisheries Department. Paul has a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He also has an MSc and PhD from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland in fisheries biology and zoology respectively. His experience which includes fisheries biology, marine biology and ecology, stock assessment methods, oceanography and modern statistical methods. He has led numerous research programmes and managed the performance of other scientists. Paul is also a Reader at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen.

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Tara Pelembe

Deputy Director

Tara has an MSc from the University of Exeter in Conservation and Biodiversity and a BSc.  (Hons) in Geography from the University of St. Andrews. She is currently seconded to the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) in UK where she continues to play a part-time role as the Senior Overseas Territories Adviser.  Tara was previously the Head of the Conservation Department on Ascension Island and the Director of the Environmental Management Department on St. Helena. 
Tara’s interest and experience covers the whole spectrum of environmental management from conservation and biodiversity to waste management and climate change. She has considerable experience in the management of both small-scale and larger scale multi-disciplinary projects and has led and/or contributed to a large number of programmes and projects that range from on-the ground implementation initiatives to multi-party partnership working platforms. She is also is an experienced in communication, networking, stakeholder engagement, workshop organisation and facilitation, project and programme management.

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Teresa McNeill

Business & Research Manager

Teresa is a rounded business professional who specialises in environmental and human sustainability. She graduated in 2007 with an MBA from the Wits Business School in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in 2014 from SOAS (London) with an MSc in Sustainable Development, specialising in Environmental Management. She established, implemented and managed the Anglo American Green Fund, a fund of ZAR100 million for investment into environmental businesses with investments ranging from Concentrated Solar Power plants to biofuels to waste management. She has also specialised in establishing entities linked to charity organisations that aim to provide alternative sources of income to reduce donor dependency. In running her own consultancy she has worked further with charity organisations, assisted with forensic auditing and developed waste management solutions for South African communities. Her role at SAERI is to incorporate the Institute as a separate entity, create and maintain strong governance within the organisation, explore, create commercial opportunities for revenue generation to ensure the sustainability of the organisation - while maintaining the strong Falkland Islands links it enjoys today  - and ensure that SAERI is a compelling proposition for investment and as a globally renowned research institute.

Zoe James

Office Manager

Zoe joined SAERI in August 2016 as office manager. Zoe’s background is in Midwifery; arguably delivering babies and ensuring the smooth running of an office full of scientists are similar in the level of organisation and diversity of skills required. Zoe’s keen awareness and understanding of the marine environment was developed through her enjoyment of SCUBA diving. Weekends and holidays are spent exploring the Falkland Island’s many natural wonders with her husband and three children.

Daniela Baigorri

BEST 2.0 Project Officer

Dani has a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology from the Universidad CatÓlica del Norte, Coquimbo, Chile. During the last years of her studies and for 3 years after, she worked in physical oceanography projects in the north of Chile. From 2014 until the beginning of 2016 she worked in the National Service of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SERNAPESCA) in the Environmental Department at the beginning and then she was reassigned as the officer-in-charge of the Statistics and Customer Service Department. Dani came down to the Falkland Islands in June 2016 and joins SAERI in September on a part-time basis as the BEST 2.0 project officer for the South Atlantic region.

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