Tineke van Bussel

Research Communication Liaison

Blue-tailed Emerald Hummingbird

(Chlorostilbon mellisugus caribaeus)

Photo credit: © Hans Smulders

Tineke’s source of affection for nature and other cultures lies in her childhood, which was spent, in part, on Bonaire. She loves island life; the mix of people, the outdoor life, beautiful nature, and trips to the other nearby destinations. When she turned 12 her parents gave her dive lessons as her birthday present. A great present for a future biologist!

Tineke completed a BSc in biology and MSc in Biology (specializing in ecology) at the Vrije University of Amsterdam. As part of her MSc in Biology, Tineke had the opportunity to write her own research projects. Her first research project allowed her to explore Sint Maarten’s nature. She loved being back in the Caribbean and doing research. So once she finished on Sint Maarten she moved to Bonaire and completed a dive master internship.

Having finished her studies in the Netherlands, Tineke packed her bags and moved back to the Caribbean. She completed a marine biology course in Curacao and finished her Master’s studies on Bonaire with an ecological research project.

“It is great to have this job. It is a really wonderful opportunity to keep learning about the different islands, their nature, culture, people, organizations and networks. I feel blessed to be part of the DCNA team and to contribute to protecting the nature of these beautiful Caribbean islands.”

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