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Dr Nicole Esteban

Lecturer in Marine Biology, Biosciences

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+44 (0) 1792 295454

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Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

A marine biologist with a focus on tropical coastal ecosystems, I have 20 years’ experience of working in integrated coastal zone management with NGOs, public and private agencies in the Caribbean, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. I have extensive natural resource and conservation management experience as a Manager of a Marine Park and National Park (8 years in the Dutch Caribbean). My research experience includes environmental, fishery and sea turtle assessments.

As a Researcher and former Consultant for both the public and private sector, I have produced and coordinated Protected Area Management Plans, Biodiversity Action Plans and Environmental Impact Assessments, with an ongoing personal interest in co-management of natural resources, stakeholder engagement within conservation management and communication of conservation and research activities to the wider public.

My current research interests lie in improving our understanding of spatial and habitat use by marine fauna, with a focus on sea turtles and fisheries, predominantly in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean but also closer to home in Swansea Bay.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. For details of my teaching and research supervision, please see the sections below. A full list of publications is available on Google Scholar.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Marine ecology
  • Marine biology
  • Sea turtle ecology
  • Tropical marine conservation
  • Biodiversity conservation

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I have been teaching Marine Biology at Swansea since 2012. I teach subjects aligned with my background experience of (a) research in tropical marine ecology and (b) professional practices associated with consultancy and environmental impact assessment. I (co-)lead 3rd year undergraduate modules: tropical marine biology field course and professional skills in marine biology.  I focus on tools and techniques from various marine sectors to ensure that our Marine Biology students graduate with up to date employability skills.

Research

Current research includes the conservation of sea turtles in the Indian Ocean, including the British Indian Ocean Territory. Research of hawksbill and green turtles includes population estimation, breeding and foraging ecology and uses diverse technologies such as satellite tracking, biologgers and drones. 

Award Highlights

Nicole is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Nicole was the Chairperson and is currently on the Council of Advisors of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance since 2010.