For several years, I was based in South Africa to study physiological characteristics that allow animals to survive harsh or unpredictable environments. My research interests focused on the thermoregulatory responses that allow mammals to withstand the imminent threats of a changing climate, especially in the increasingly hot and dry environments of southern Africa, such as the Kalahari semi-desert.
I currently work for the Secretariat of the Convention of Migratory Species (UNEP-CMS) as Associate Programme Officer for Terrestrial and Avian Species. My main focus is the coordination of the African Carnivores Initiative, a legal instrument that targets the conservation of four iconic species: the Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, and African Wild Dog. https://www.cms.int/en/legalinstrument/african-carnivores-initiative
Previously, I worked as a Science Officer for Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), with a specific focus on climate change and terrestrial ecosystems, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere.
I did my PhD research with the Wildlife Physiology Conservation Laboratory, Brain Function Research Group, School of Physiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ultimately, I hope to contribute meaningfully to species conservation in an ever-changing world.