I have been associated with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) since 1997, and in 2022 took over from Professor David Macdonald as WildCRU’s Director. WildCRU’s mission is to achieve practical solutions to conservation problems through original scientific research.
My field of expertise is human-wildlife conflict, with a particular focus on large carnivores. I am the joint CEO of Lion Landscapes, a project which works to improve human-carnivore coexistence in Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia. I am also the Chair of the Board of the Arabian Leopard Fund, which aims to help facilitate the recovery of Arabian leopards across their range.
I am a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, the IUCN Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Specialist Group, the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group and the African Lion Working Group.