I have been working with wildlife for over 30 years, specialising in primate conservation issues. I have graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Psychology and Biological Science from the University of Wales. My PhD thesis assessed the benefits of using ethnographic data to drive conservation strategy in Barbary macaque habitat in Morocco. Our inclusive approach greatly increased the efficiency and long term sustainability of our conservation initiatives by identifying social and cultural obstacles to conservation, meaningful engagement and inclusion of local stakeholders leading to pro-conservation behaviour change.
My research focuses the complex facets of human-wildlife coexistence particularly human-animal relations as well as people's perceptions of wildlife conservation. I am Co-vice-chair of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group's Section for Human-Primate Interactions, and a member of the core team of the IUCN Conservation Translocation Specialist Group Section for human-wildlife interactions.
My fieldwork experience includes Belize, Cambodia, Canada, Laos, Mauritius, Morocco, USA, Venezuela and Vietnam. I am a native English speaker and am also fluent in Spanish and Italian and fairly skilled in the use of social media.