Mareike Brix

Mareike Brix - Project leader

© Kerstin Sauer
© Kerstin Sauer

Mareike Brix is the expert on large mammals for EuroNatur. The diploma biologist already had an interest in such animals as bears, wolves, and lynxes, during her studies at university. Her first job led Mareike Brix to Romania. There she ran fundamental research for four years about such topics as the occurence and the ecology of various mammals and made valuable experiences in fieldwork.

Mareike Brix is a member of the team of EuroNatur since 2017. She stays true to her special interest in Europe’s big mammals. One of her local core areas are the Dinaric Alps, where she overlooks a project concerning the protection of bears; as well as the southwestern part of the Balkan peninsula. Her focus mainly lies on the protection of Balkan lynxes and their natural habitats. Mareike Brix´s main task is to extend the network of competent conservationists in the Balkans region.

As she herself says: "I am fascinated by the many natural finish landscapes in South East Europe with its large diversity in species. It would be fatal, if the local people made the same mistakes we have made in Central Europe. This is why it’s one of my major concerns to do my part, by developing approaches with our local partner organisation, that benefit men as well as nature.“

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Environmental award since 1992.

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