Introducing your expert team

Nature Heritage assembles, under the lead of Stephan, bespoke, experienced teams of complementary subject specialists with proven track records as appropriate for each project. From small projects with single species or data analysis to larger complex projects we provide a thorough and professional service to meet the individual needs of or clients or project partners.

Stephan Michael Funk FRSB

Director Nature Heritage
Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, UK
PhD in Biology, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
MSc in Zoology, Genetics & Electrical Engineering, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
MSc in Ecology and Management of Natural Resources, University of Bristol, UK
Diplom as Auditor for Quality Management and Environmental Management
Certificate as EU Fundraiser

I am a co-founder and, since 2018, sole director of Nature Heritage. My love of the wild is at the heart of my career.

Before co-founding Nature Heritage, I have worked on various aspects of conservation science and practice, ranging from ecological research on rural and urban foxes to conservation science applying ecological and molecular tools. I worked fo Bristol University and the Insitute of Zoology, the research branch of the Zoological Society of London, which is an NGO but has been academically affiliated during my time there with University College of London (UCL) and Cambridge University.

Since 2004, I have worked worked for Nature Heritage either full time or part time, pending on the number of projects, alongside appointments at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey, Universidad de Puerto Rico, and UCT and the Universidad de la Frontera in Chile. I am elected fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB).

My experience has breadth and depth as witnessed by the range of basic and applied topics. I develop it through my intellectual curiosity and academic “nosiness”. I am a passionate and well-rounded academic and applied scientist enthusiastic and experienced in

● evidence-based conservation of biodiversity and human and wildlife health
● interdisciplinary & collaborative research in ecology, genetics & conservation biology
● transmitting knowledge and enthusiasm to university students & the general public
● providing specialist advisory, training and coaching services for applied commerce & industry
● information weaving, data analysis, presentation and publication  

Julia E Fa

D.Phil., University of Oxford, UK
B.Sc. (Hons.) in Zoology, University College, Cardiff, Wales, UK

With more than 30 years’ experience in academia and research, her work embraces biology, economics, anthropology, and development issues. She has led projects in Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Julia is currently Professor of Biodiversity and Human Development at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Senior Research Associate at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Indonesia.