Melissa Silva is a marine biologist who has been guiding nature adventures in Mexico since 2012, sharing her passion for wildlife and conservation with guests from around the world. Though her formal training has revolved around sea creatures, she has also developed wider expertise as a naturalist. She recently joined NHA’s team in the Central Highlands of Mexico to share the incredible monarch butterfly migration with our guests. Born in Guadalajara, Melissa moved to Puerto Vallarta for high school and college, where she focused part of her studies on nudibranchs. She is currently working on her master's thesis focused on seahorse mating behavior. Melissa’s motivation as a guide is to enhance the conservation of nature, which she believes can only be achieved by encountering and knowing the wonders of the natural world. Toward that end, she considers it very important to share her knowledge of and respect for the environment with all travelers.
Upcoming Adventures with Melissa:
Kingdom of the Monarchs
Swimming with Mexico's Whale Sharks
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"Melissa is amazing!! She is extremely knowledgeable, personable, and reads her travelers exceptionally well. She genuinely seems to enjoy her work and everyone with whom she travels. We liked her so much that we tried to convince her to apply as a leader for other Nat Hab trips we want to take."