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.
I assisted the Blackfeet tribe of Montana in restoring one of their cultural icons, the swift fox, to their Tribal Lands and have a keen interest in the human dimension of rewilding.
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 vice-chair of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group's Section on Human-Primate Relations.
Training workshops I lead include Ethnography for Conservation Practitioners and Considering Communities: Building Trustful Relationships to Further Conservation Aims
I have training and experience in meeting facilitation and conflict mediation. 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.
You can find me on Twitter: @sianswaters &