Fellow, The Safina Center; Research Associate, University of the Free State

I am a conservation scientist with a doctorate in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. I aspire to bridge the science-policy-society interface. As a wildlife scientist, I am interested in how wild animals adapt behaviorally 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.
Previously, I was a 2016-2017 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, 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, WildAid, the Environmental Investigation Agency, and the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group. I currently contract for the grassroots organization 500 Women Scientists to help coordinate the Request a Woman in STEMM directory.
I have advised the Southern Tanzania Elephant Program in the scientific capacity and am associated with the Mammalian Cognition Research Group, spearheaded by Dr. Aliza le Roux at the Zoology and Entomology Department, University of the Free State, Qwaqwa campus, South Africa. I am a fellow of The Safina Center, and working on a participatory science project on the patterns and phenology of winter coat molt in the mountain goat.

Experience

  • –present
    Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, Durham University