Conservation Program Director, Asociación Armonía
Tjalle was born in Gouda in The Netherlands. He obtained a Master of Science degree in Forest and Nature Conservation, specializing in terrestrial ecology at the Wageningen University and Research Centre in 2014. He cofounded his own arborist company in 2008 but decided to focus on bird conservation after finishing his degree. Since April 2015 he joined the Armonía team as the Barba Azul Nature Reserve Coordinator in charge of the reserve development and its sustainability. He partook in the first ever Blue-throated Macaw global census and led the expedition to find the breeding grounds of the northwestern subpopulation. Since April 2018 he is the Conservation Program Director, supervision Armonía’s conservation actions throughout Bolivia.