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.
As the EDGE conservation biologist, Claudia mentors and advises the current terrestrial EDGE Fellows, teaches on the EDGE Tools/Leadership courses and helps to develop and manage our larger-scale EDGE projects. She also assists with the scientific research underpinning how EDGE identifies conservation priorities. Claudia previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ecology and Conservation at the University of Sussex, where her research included an analysis of the global effectiveness of protected areas. She did her PhD and MSc at Oxford University, focussing on conservation strategies within oil palm landscapes of Sabah, Borneo.
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.
As the EDGE Corals Coordinator Kirsty is responsible for training and mentoring the EDGE Coral Fellows and overseeing their projects. Kirsty has an MSc in Marine Environmental Management from the University of York and has undertaken a range of previous work including shark behavioural research in Fiji, monitoring of humpback whales in Hawaii, managing a team of Naturalist Guides on the Great Barrier Reef and working as a marine biologist on academic trips for high school students focusing on dolphins and turtles.
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.
Carolina is the Conservation Content Developer for the online learning platform. Working with the online learning Committee and Board Members, the technical implementer and the project team, she develops the United for Wildlife online learning curriculum and materials, learning activities and resources, and interactive discussion and coursework areas in the existing online learning platform. As a Conservation Biologist she did her PhD focussing on the ecology and conservation of medium-sized mammals carnivorous in the Doñana National Park, Spain. She has also branched out to ecotourism, communication and technological innovation applied to scientific outreach.
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.