I am a wildlife conservation practitioner aspiring to bridge the science-policy-society interface. As a scientist, I am interested in how wild animals adapt to human-modified landscapes. As a practitioner I focus on ways of improving human-wildlife coexistence, informing policy decisions with evidence, and raising inclusivity and diversity in conservation.
My work has spanned field research, advising in situ conservation efforts, mentorship of students undertaking field projects, collaboration with policy makers, land stewards and wildlife managers, and public outreach and conservation advocacy usually in the form of blogs, web and magazine articles. I am affiliated with The Safina Center in New York, with Yukon University / University of Alberta in Canada, and with the Southern Tanzania Elephant Program.
With the grassroots network 500 Women Scientists, I am involved in helping boost women scientists' visibility and participation across society as one of the creators of Gage, a global directory of women and gender minorities in STEMM fields who wish to engage with policy makers, journalists, and members of the public.
Research-wise, I recently worked with an international team of colleagues to develop a community science and photography project focused on winter coat molt in the mountain goat in relation to latitude, elevation, goat sex, offspring, and thermal change.
Previously, I was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, a Research Associate in Zoology and Entomology with the University of the Free State, a Junior Research Fellow in Evolutionary Anthropology at Durham University, and a postdoc and lecturer in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. I have consulted for a range of NGOs including the Wildlife Conservation Society (Tanzania, U.S., and Canada), WildAid, the Environmental Investigation Agency, the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group, the Animal Behaviour Research Unit in Tanzania's Mikumi National Park, and Wind East Africa, Ltd.