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.
Jamie is the Senior Programme Advisor for EDGE. His primary responsibilities are to develop the EDGE programme and funding to achieve its five year strategic plan, and continue to drive the innovative nature of the EDGE programme.
As the EDGE Conservation Biologist, Nisha plays a key role in the development and implementation of field research and conservation initiatives focusing on poorly-known EDGE species. Her role is split between consolidating and further developing ZSL’s capacity-building EDGE Fellows programme, and co-ordinating larger-scale field projects.
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. Before ZSL Olivia worked for environmental charity, Healthy Planet where she developed a crowd-funding platform for grassroots conservation projects.