Candidate Statement - Marta deBarba

Marta De Barba

Councillor Candidate 2018-2020 Term

I am a research scientist at the Laboratoire d’Ecologie Alpine in Grenoble, France. I have been involved in bear research and conservation since my early studies and then through graduate school at the University of Idaho, where I earned my PhD. My first IBA meeting was in 2004 in San Diego. Since then, the IBA has become a family to me, both professionally and personally. I much appreciated the support the IBA has given me in the beginning of my career, and I value the IBA contribution, dedication and commitment to bear conservation worldwide. My candidature as a member of the IBA council is an attempt to do my part to help the IBA to carry on its mission.

As part of a current project on brown bear connectivity in Europe, I had the opportunity to learn about the extent of research efforts conducted on the species in this part of the world. This made me aware of the large amount of valuable brown bear data collected in several parts of Europe, while also pointing out research gaps and areas where efforts are still needed for supporting conservation. I also realized the striking importance of cooperation and coordination among the various parties involved in research and management at regional, national and transnational level. If elected, I intend to use my experience to support efforts for filling gaps in bear research and for improving trans-boundary coordination and research collaborations in Europe and other parts of the world, to promote science-based conservation.