Passionate about nature, Gilson was born and raised in the Archipelagos of Cape Verde in a small village located within the Natural Park of Fogo. The park is rich in biodiversity, beautiful landscapes and amazing geology. It is in this village where he witnessed two volcanic eruptions (in 1995 and 2014). He completed a degree in Biological Science at University of Cape Verde with an Honours thesis on the identification of potential foraging areas of Cape Verde Shearwater breeding on Curral Velho, a small islet off the coast of Boavista, Cape Verde. He spent the last three years (2015-2018) working with seabirds and sea turtles and is particularly interested in seabird foraging and migratory ecology, diet and conservation. With this Master's degree he hopes to share experiences with colleagues and teachers from different backgrounds, and acquire the skills needed to identify and eliminate threats to biodiversity and to contribute to species conservation. His hobbies include hiking the volcano in his village and playing football with friends.