Merlin Veron

About Merlin Veron

Conservation Research Analyst

Merlin joined Synchronicity Earth in September 2016 after graduating with a BSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Merlin’s specific academic interests lie in the relationship between conservation and development, with a particular focus on approaches which embrace capacity development and local empowerment. Outside of his academic studies Merlin has a particular interest in ornithology and has travelled across the western Palearctic region from a young age to pursue this hobby. On his native island of Guernsey, he has also been involved in the monitoring of seabird populations, and has published reports and co-authored an academic paper on the subject of seabird conservation. Before joining Synchronicity Earth Merlin also completed an internship with the States of Guernsey Environmental Services Unit working on management plans for the Island’s RAMSAR sites as well as the production of a biodiversity strategy for the Island, and he has also attended a work experience programme at the United Nations Geneva Office.

The forests of freshwater

Freshwater habitats are not just rivers, and conserving freshwater species can be done hand-in-hand with local fisheries, says Merlin Veron, Research Analyst at Synchronicity Earth and its Freshwater partner Shoal. As you carefully step across the forest floor, it erupts with life, thousands of insects crashing between the dry leaves [...]

By |2019-11-06T09:57:22+00:00November 6th, 2019|Community, Fish, Fisheries, Freshwater, Rivers, Southeast Asia|Comments Off on The forests of freshwater

Innovative partnerships and approaches for capacity building

Synchronicity Earth recently took part in a capacity building conference hosted at ZSL London Zoo. Katy Scholfield, our Co-Head of Programmes, was invited to speak at a session on innovative partnerships for capacity building. We believe in providing long-term, flexible support to our partners. In many cases, this means providing support for capacity development [...]

By |2019-08-28T15:06:43+00:00August 28th, 2019|Capacity Building, Collaboration, Conservation, Funding, Partners, White-bellied Heron|Comments Off on Innovative partnerships and approaches for capacity building

Trees: an end to the means

We often think about trees as a means: a means to timber or to paper, as providers of oxygen or more recently, as a means to capture carbon. Even within the conservation sector, trees are most often thought about as a means for conserving other species, a habitat for mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and [...]

By |2019-06-25T16:43:43+00:00May 22nd, 2019|Biodiversity, Conservation, Conservation Optimism, Forests, Logging, Species|Comments Off on Trees: an end to the means

Thinking big on freshwater conservation

Sinking sharks and freshwater pandas When people think about Earth’s larger animals they usually think of the tiger burning bright in Asia’s forests, or great herds of wildebeest sweeping across the African savannah. The amazing cinematography of shows like the BBC’s Blue Planet has even brought the larger species of the world’s oceans [...]

By |2018-07-26T13:45:58+00:00July 25th, 2018|Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Fish, Freshwater, Hydropower, Rivers|Comments Off on Thinking big on freshwater conservation

Altering the Course of Freshwater Conservation

As water carves its way towards oceans and collects in natural basins it creates a mosaic of unique habitats which nurture an abundance of life. Freshwater forms some of the most productive and biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. These ecosystems are hotspots for biodiversity and ‘theatres of evolution’ supporting more than 126,000 species [...]

By |2018-07-12T09:36:16+00:00July 10th, 2018|Biodiversity, Fish, Freshwater, Rivers|Comments Off on Altering the Course of Freshwater Conservation

Swimming upstream: working to prevent the extinction of freshwater fishes

Synchronicity Earth has an affinity for overlooked and underfunded species: it is at the heart of what we do. Our Freshwater Programme embraces this – perhaps more than any other strand of our work. Earth is a blue planet, and as well as its vast oceans, its rivers and lakes also harbour an [...]

By |2018-06-01T16:40:21+00:00February 8th, 2018|Ecosystems, Fish, Freshwater, Species|Comments Off on Swimming upstream: working to prevent the extinction of freshwater fishes