The following scientists and conservation biologists make up the Edge of Existence team and collaborators. These individuals are involved in developing EDGE lists, undertaking research expeditions and initiating conservation projects for poorly-known and neglected EDGE species.
As the EDGE Programme Manager, Nisha oversees all EDGE science, research, conservation and capacity building initiatives, with the goal of developing the EDGE programme to keep pace with conservation needs in a changing world.
Nisha’s previous work has included the mitigation of conflicts with elephants and tigers in the Western Ghats of India; researching endemic flora and fauna in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania; rapid biodiversity surveys in Madagascar; counting jaguars, peccaries and other large mammals in the Amazon, and reintroducing swift fox to the North American prairies.
Olivia is the EDGE Fellows Co-ordinator. She is responsible for coordinating the EDGE Fellowship Programme. The EDGE Fellows Programme supports aspiring in-country conservationists who carry out research on little known EDGE species.
Olivia has an MSc in Biodiversity Survey from the University of Sussex. Before undertaking this qualification she conducted research on the impact of slash and burn techniques on Tanzanian herpetofauna, and has helped coordinate a marine turtle monitoring project on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.
Janice is the Project Coordinator for the online learning platform. It is an UfW-led initiative offering free massive open online courses on wildlife conservation, covering an array of topics ranging from introductory content to specific topics in the field. Working with multiple stakeholders, Janice is responsible for the development and implementation of this online project (learn.unitedforwildlife.org). She has also managed carbon accounting programmes in the hospitality industry, measuring greenhouse gas emissions and environmental performances.
Hannah is the online learning project intern at EDGE. This internship involves assisting in the development of online content, sourcing online images and media to illustrate learning materials as well as moderating and interacting with the online learning community.
James is a freelance web-developer. He is responsible for web programming, database design, and other related activities on the EDGE project. Having programmed computers in several different languages from the age of eight, James studied Physics at Imperial College, London. He worked as a software developer for ICL and then Deutsche Bank for nearly five years, before deciding to go freelance. In addition to his development work, James is a professional Thai massage teacher and practitioner and an occasional life-model and piano teacher.