- I am proficient in many biological skills and possess a good general knowledge of current wildlife and conservation issues.
- My knowledge and skills are supported by a significant amount of conservation fieldwork, both in the UK and overseas.
- Much of my work involves delivering international conservation targets and I am responsible for giving species conservation and habitat management advice to a wide range of people and organisations.
- I have discovered over 20 species new to science, including several new species of snake (e.g. Atheris mabuensis), chameleons (Nadzikambia baylissi and Rampholeon sp. x 3), and bats e.g. Rhinolophous mabuensis – Mt. Mabu leaf-nosed bat), as well as butterflies – See: http://www.fauna-flora.org/closerlook/mount-mabu-and-the-google-forest/
- I am a Lepidopterist. This has been one of my earliest interests from a young age. For example I have discovered 4 new species and 3 new sub-species of butterfly – see:
- I have developed and delivered Ecological Monitoring Programmes (Malawi and Mozambique).
- I have designed and carried out many baseline biodiversity field surveys and biological inventories (Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, Malawi, and Mozambique).
- I am experienced in protected area management (Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Liberia, Guinea, and Cote d’Ívoire).
- My biological data skills include knowledge and use of appropriate data analysis and modelling skills, such as the use of probabilistic associative modelling for biodiversity management (Oxfordshire, UK).
- I discovered the largest continuous tract of mid-altitude rain forest in southern Africa (Mount Mabu, Mozambique) – See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mni8mSS4KDU
- I have extensive research experience covering many aspects of Conservation Biology and Ecology. Over the last 20 years l have undertaken scientific research focusing on single species studies, interactions between species, ecosystem modelling, and the use of advanced technology towards conservation management. Such studies have ranged from pure ecological research to conservation management strategies. I have published over 30 scientific papers – See ‘Scientific Papers’ section for further details.
- I have strong project management, data collection, and integration skills.
- I have over 25 years of conservation project management experience (for example I have developed and delivered conservation projects in Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, Malawi, and Mozambique).
- I am experienced in budget management and the necessity to operate within financial constraints. All projects that I have managed have operated within the specified budget.
- I have gained a significant amount of people management experience from managing staff and participants through the World Bank, Global Environment Facility, USAID, Darwin Initiative awards, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Fauna and Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Society for Environmental Exploration.
- My people management experience includes recruitment, management, assessment and training of conservation staff and volunteers.
- I enjoy working with people and feel that interpersonal and management skills are key strengths of mine.
- Advanced knowledge of GIS (ArcMAP), GPS, and ERDAS remote sensing software. Through my PhD I have advanced knowledge of GIS functionality. This gave me considerable experience in GIS ‘predictive’ modelling capability and database creation. I also analyse satellite imagery (using ERDAS) to create land use databases within a GIS platform.
Communications (including media)
- I possess excellent communication and diplomatic skills and enjoy working with a wide range of people and organisations. Good communication skills are vital for my current job.
- I have a wide range of professional contacts in both governmental and non-governmental organisations.
- I regularly give presentations and deliver training workshops.
- I have organised and facilitated many meetings, workshops and fora.
- I have significant experience of scientific paper and technical report writing (see overleaf for details).
- I have gained a great deal of experience of working with the media in my current job and from previous jobs, and have given numerous interviews on conservation issues – e.g. http://www.guardianweekly.co.uk/?page=editorial&id=958&catID=4
- I am a reviewer for the scientific journals Biological Conservation, Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment, and also for the African Journal of Ecology.
- I speak English, conversational Swahili and French. I am also learning Welsh.
- I have put together funding bids for a wide range of large and small conservation projects and have been successful in obtaining funding in most cases.
- Examples of successful funding proposals I have written and submitted include:
- US AID / US Forestry Services – US$926,000 to extend the FFI Nimba Darwin Initiative project over 4 years
- Rapid Response Facility – $25,282 to re-habilitate the guard offices of the Office Ivorien Parcs and Reserves for Mt. Nimba (Cote d’Ivoire)
- STEWARD – $25,200 towards the production of a Collaborative Management Framework for the Nimba Mountains (Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea)
- Darwin Initiative – £198,000 – 3 year programme assessing the biological status of northern Mozambique’s high altitude mountains (Mozambique/Malawi)
- Earthwatch – £20,000 plus ongoing project support – Volunteer support to collect the data of the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust Ecological Monitoring Programme (Malawi)
- FINNIDA – £50,000 plus 5 yrs support – to undertake biodiversity surveys of the East Usambara mountains (Tanzania)
- Japanese Embassy – £80,000 – Equipment to support the biodiversity surveys of the East Usambara mountains (Tanzania)