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Research and Science Manager at Save the Elephants and Associate, Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent

Dr Lydia Tiller is the Research and Science Manager for Save The Elephants Human-Elephant Co-Existence program based in Tsavo, Kenya. Lydia coordinates the projects field research and data collection and supervises student projects, interns and staff in the field. Lydia is taking a lead on STE's Tsavo collared elephant project, hoping to gain a better understanding of elephant movement and elephant crop raiding behaviour across the Tsavo ecosystem. Lydia is also a member of the IUCN African elephant specialist group and an editor for the journal ‘Pachyderm’ which is a specialist journal about elephants and rhinos.

Lydia joined Save The Elephants in January 2018 after completing her PhD at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent. Her research looked at how land-use change in the Trans Mara district in Kenya is driving human-elephant conflict and elephant movement. Prior to conducting her PhD, Lydia worked in Thailand, studying elephant cognition, and also worked on a seabird project in Oregon. She completed her MSc in Wild Animal Biology from the Royal Veterinary College and Zoological Society of London. For her MSc project, Lydia investigated the use of unpalatable crops as a mitigation method to deter crop raiding wildlife in Bardia National Park in Nepal.


  • 2018–present
    Reseach and Science Managerager, Save The Elephants


  • 2018 
    University of Kent, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology Associate
  • African Elephant Specialist Group Member