Damla completed her PhD in macroecology at Middle Eastern Technical University in Turkey. In 2010, she moved back to Cyprus and has since been working in and directing conservation and environmental research projects at the Society for Protection of Birds and Nature (KUŞKOR) and Society for Protection of Turtles (SPOT).
Robin has worked and volunteered in SPOT since 2003. His PhD focused on understanding and managing conflicts between marine megavertebrates and Mediterranean artisanal fisheries. He has also completed two field contracts working with sea birds and seals for the British Antarctic survey. He is now a Research Fellow a University of Exeter, where he manages conservation and research projects in Cyprus with local partner SPOT.