Dr Maisels studied the feeding ecology of mouflon in Cyprus for her PhD (Edinburgh University) and has since worked in Central Africa for over 20 years. She is the advisor for the Wildlife Conservation Society's wildlife survey and monitoring programmes in Central Africa. Her expertise covers survey methodologies, wildlife abundance and distribution, wildlife ecology and protected area management. Dr Maisels is on the Scientific Commission of UNEP-GRASP (Great Apes Survival Partnership), and is a member of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group and the IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group. She is also a Fellow of the Society of Biology. She has been an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Stirling since 2008, specifically in the African Forest Ecology Group.