I have been working with wildlife for over 20 years, specialising in primate and carnivore conservation issues. As well as managing the conservation project, Barbary Macaque Awareness and Conservation. I have graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Psychology and Biological Science from the University of Wales. My PhD thesis, “Including People in Primate Conservation: A Case Study of Shepherds and Barbary Macaques in Bouhachem Forest, North Morocco”, assessed the benefits of using ethnographic data to drive conservation strategy.
My interests include the social and cultural drivers of the illegal wildlife trade and human-wildlife coexistence particularly human-animal relations. I am a trained facilitator and conflict mediator.
I have experience in rewilding swift fox in North America in collaboration with the Blackfeet tribe of Montana and I have a keen interest in the human dimension of rewilding. I am a long term member of both the IUCN/SSC Primate & Reintroduction Specialist Groups and have recently become co-chair of the new PSG Human-Primate Interactions Working Group . I have field experience in 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.
You can find me on Twitter @sianswaters.