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. I have a keen interest in the human dimension of rewilding. I am a core member of the IUCN Conservation Translocation Specialist Group's section on Human-Wildlife Interactions.
My interests include the social and cultural drivers of the illegal wildlife trade and human-wildlife coexistence particularly human-animal relations. I am vice-chair of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group's Section on Human-Primate Relations. I am a trained facilitator and conflict mediator.
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.