Diana Rico, Junior Researcher


Diana Rico has joined the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI) as a Junior Researcher. She is a biologist and is completing a Master of Sciences degree in Marine Ecosystems and Fisheries Sciences at the University of Hamburg, Germany. She was born in Colombia, where she gained a Bachelor degree in Biology, her thesis focusing on coral reef ecology.

Diana moved from Colombia to Germany in 2019, where she started her Master’s programme, holding a Merit Scholarship for International Students. At the same time, she worked as a Research Assistant in sustainability in the maritime sector. Diana has experience in citizen science projects, teaching, field and lab work in marine biology, and assisting research projects related to marine biology and science education. She has also been very active, participating as a volunteer in various projects related to marine biology in Germany and organising conferences for marine researchers.

In 2022, Diana moved to Slovenia, and thereafter started a new position as Junior Researcher at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Blue Economy – EMUNI University. She is very passionate about the ocean and has a strong interest in bridging natural sciences and society, interdisciplinarity in marine sciences, ocean governance and ecosystem-based management, working in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. In Germany, Diana had a strong track record of promoting the role of women and gender equality within the area of ocean sciences.