Marlon Beale has been employed to the JCDT/Green Jamaica for just over four years, initially as a training consultant in 2006 (1 year) for bird monitoring activities under the Conservation Programme of the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT/Green Jamaica) and the Blue and John Crow Mountain National Park (BJCMNP). He was subsequently hired as the Conservation Science Officer in August 2007, in charge of the Conservation and Monitoring and Evaluation programme areas, two key programmatic areas for management of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. He fulfilled that role until March 2010. He was then appointed the Acting Executive Director of the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT/Green Jamaica) on April 1, 2010, and has served in this capacity to date.
Academically he is currently pursuing his doctoral studies within the faculty of Pure and Applied Science, Department of Life Sciences, at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. His research is based in terrestrial ecology with a focus on birds, and actually awaits oral defense of his thesis for final grading.
Other aspects of Mr. Beale include his position as Chairman of the Church Council at the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Spanish Town, and he is also an adult advisor for the church’s youth group. Mr. Beale is an avid sports fan and outside of the traditional football and cricket, he loves playing basketball. He is the manager of the Spanish Town Spartans Basketball Team, the 2010 Division 1 Basketball League winners and the recently formed Meadows Basketball team, who will compete in the upcoming 2011 Division One league in the Southern Basketball Conference.
Mr. Beale’s motto in life is based on Philippians 3:14 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and he believes that development does not also result from the removal of nature, but should be viewed as nature itself.