Marina Tavolaro

Marina Tavolaro is a PhD student at iCWild whose research aims to better understand and tackle conservation conflicts in Namibian communal conservancies. The community based natural resources management (CBNRM) system, which links conservation to poverty alleviation through sustainable use of natural resources, is a key development strategy for rural Namibia. By better integrating the underpinning social context with the material impacts and evaluation of conflicts across communal conservancies, she hopes to enhance effective conflict management and long-term conservation benefits.

Marina holds a MSc by research from Bristol University (UK) and a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen (UK). She recently worked for two years as a consultant at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and previously worked as a researcher on the wildlife-livestock interface in southern Africa at Onderstepoort (University of Pretoria).


  • Besbes, B., Fournaraki, C., Tavolaro, F.M., Leroy, G., Koutsovoulou, K. and Hoffmann, I. 2016. Chapter 6: Plant and Animal Resources Diversity in the Mediterranean Region. International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). "Mediterra 2016. Zero Waste in the Mediterranean: Natural Resources, Food and Knowledge". Presses de Sciences Po, Paris.
  • Walker, J.G., Ofithile, M., Tavolaro, F.M., Van Wyk, J., Evans, K. and Morgan, E.R. 2015. Mixed methods evaluation of targeted selective anthelmintic treatment by resource poor smallholder goat farmers in Botswana. J Vet Parasit. doi:10.1016/j.vetpar.2015.10.006 
  • Tavolaro, F.M., Thomson, L., Ross, A., Morgan, P., Helfer, G. 2014. Photoperiodic effects on seasonal physiology, reproductive status and hypothalamic gene expression in young male F344 rats. J Neuroendocrinol, 27:79-87. doi: 10.1111/jne.12241