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EDGE Team

Many people are involved in the EDGE of Existence Programme’s activities, developing EDGE lists, mentoring EDGE Fellows, undertaking expeditions and initiating conservation projects for poorly-known and neglected EDGE species.

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Dr. Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray, EDGE of Existence Conservation Biologist

As the EDGE Conservation Science Manager, Claudia oversees the research supervision for EDGE Fellows and Hero Awardees, as well as 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 Couchman

EDGE of Existence Fellowship Manager Olivia Couchman

Olivia is the EDGE Conservation Capacity Manager. She is responsible for the finance and logistics of the EDGE Fellowships  and Hero Awardees, as well as overseeing the online Professionalising Conservation project. 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.

 

Charlie Debenham

Charlie Debenham, EDGE of Existence Projects Assistant

Charlie is the EDGE Fellowship Coordinator, supporting the delivery of the EDGE Fellowship conservation capacity building initiative and managing communications for the EDGE programme. Charlie has an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Leeds, during which she travelled to Kenya to study the effects of elephant damage on vegetation in wildlife reserves. In the past she has also carried out research in Ecuador and Peru, studying the fauna and flora in Amazonian tropical rainforest habitats.

 

Dr. Fran Cabada

Fran Cabada, EDGE of Existence Marine Biologist

Fran is the EDGE Marine Biologist. She supervises EDGE fellows and supports the development of our marine projects. Fran previously worked as a Lecturer in conservation and management of coastal-marine resources at Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela, from where she also holds her Master’s Degree in Experimental Ecology and Ecological Data Analysis and her PhD on conservation and management of marine resources in the southern Caribbean. Fran is also a former EDGE coral Fellow; she completed her fellowship on the pillar coral Dendrogyra cylindrus between 2014 and 2016.

 

Caroline Park

Caroline Park, EDGE of Existence Projects Coordinator

Caroline is the Projects Coordinator, supporting various aspects of the EDGE programme. Caroline has an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London, during which she looked into the effectiveness of volunteer conservation projects. Further to this she has conducted research in Tanzania, the viability of wildlife corridors plus the use of butterflies as indicators of habitat degradation, and South Africa where she lived for 4 years setting up a wildlife research base in the very north of the Limpopo Province.

 

Ellie Smith

Online Learning Project Coordinator Janice Law

As Professionalising Conservation Project Manager, Ellie is responsible for the delivery of a suite of standardised and accredited training courses for all levels of protected area management, in partnership with National Geographic Society and the Professionalising Conservation project team. She has previous experience delivering leadership and environmental behaviour change programmes for senior business leaders. Ellie holds an MSc in Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development, and a BSc in Zoology, both of which led her to conduct research in South and Central America, East Africa, and Asia.

 

Janice Law

Online Learning Project Coordinator Janice Law

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.

 

Rikki Gumbs

Rikki Gumbs, EDGE of Existence PhD Student

Rikki is a PhD student with EDGE and Imperial College London, and works to incorporate the latest scientific advances into our prioritisation protocol. This includes updating our existing EDGE lists, creating new EDGE lists, expanding the scope of EDGE Zones, and working on the development of EDGE v2.0—which will change how we identify priority species. As part of Rikki’s PhD, he is also exploring the relationship between phylogenetic diversity, trait diversity, and extinction risk. Rikki is passionate about the conservation of reptiles, and supports our EDGE reptile Fellows with their EDGE Fellowships.

 

Dr. Davi Teles

Davi Teles, EDGE Regional Projects Manager for Latin America

Davi is the EDGE Regional Projects Manager for Latin America. He provides training and supervision for current EDGE fellows and offers assistance to EDGE alumni in this region. He also supports EDGE projects, such as the long-term monitoring and community engagement work for the pygmy sloth in Panama. Davi is a firm believer in local capacity building as an effective conservation tool and has been directly involved in biodiversity conservation research and action since 2007. He coordinated part of a community-based monitoring program inside Amazonian protected areas and more recently was involved in evaluating the influence of politics on environmental protection in Brazil.

 

Dr. Jyoti Das

Jyoti is the Regional Projects Manager for Asia. He provides training, supervision and acts as a mentor for EDGE fellows in his region. He is based in North East India and has many years’ experience working in research and conservation of Asian elephants. For his doctoral research, he studied habitat suitability modeling of Asian elephants in a tropical forest of Assam, India. His research interests span population monitoring in tropical forests, human wildlife conflict and conservation protocols in trans-boundary landscapes. His recent work includes developing mitigation measures along highways to facilitate safe animal movement.

Paul Barnes

Paul Barnes, Social Dimensions Specialist

Paul is the EDGE Social Dimensions Specialist. He supports EDGE Fellows and Heroes with social data collection and analysis. He also guides strategies for stakeholder engagement, public awareness-raising and monitoring and evaluation. Paul has an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College where he investigated attitudes and behaviours toward the Critically Endangered Rodrigues fruit bat. He will soon complete a PhD in Anthropology from University College London and the Institute of Zoology, ZSL. For his PhD, Paul has been studying human-animal relationships and the politics of conservation in the Cyclops Mountains, home to EDGE mammals Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna and the black-spotted cuscus.

 

 

 Collaborators

Dr. James Rosindell, Imperial College London

Ben Tapley, ZSL

Dr. Nick Isaac, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Dr. Monni Bohm, Institute of Zoology

Dr. Robin Freeman, Institute of Zoology

Dr. Dave Redding, University College London

Dr. Sam Turvey, Institute of Zoology

Prof. Arne Mooers, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Walter Jetz, Yale University

Dr. Dan Faith, Australian Museum

Dr. Will Pearse, Utah State University

Dr. Caroline Tucker, University of North Carolina

Dr. Felix Forest, Kew Gardens

Dr. Kamran Safi, Max Planck Institute of Ornithology

Dr. Gavin Thomas, University of Sheffield

Prof. Mike Steel, University of Canterbury

Prof. Kate Jones, University College London

IUCN Shark Specialist Group

BirdLife International

 

 

Special thanks to

Dr. Jonathan Baillie

Dr. Nisha Owen

Dr. Ben Collen

Carly Waterman

Al Davies

James Sanford

David Tryse

Cassandra Murray