I draw from experience in research & teaching, career services, nonprofits, international capacity building (workshops in Africa, Asia, South America), and as a National Geographic Explorer (Madagascar) and Fulbright Scholar (Suriname).
My experience uniquely positions me to enrich the professional competencies of environmentally & civically minded young professionals who have chosen the challenge of making a positive impact on humans and nature.
I've shared my personal career experiences & industry expertise in research and teaching, STEM, health & public policy, government, service, conservation & environment with 100's of passionate professionals, in diverse communities, locally and internationally including Asia, Africa & South America.
I studied the world’s smallest living primates, mouse lemurs in Madagascar--solitary, nocturnal, rainforest dwelling animals--the field research that garnered me a PhD.
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I've done research on the world's largest living primates, gorillas, in a nation-wide zoo-based study on sexual behavior & menopause in female gorillas!
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A strong conservationist and acting for the benefit of all nature conservation through my capacity building effort, I have also been an active member of American Society of Primatology, which provides expert knowledge to protect lemurs, monkeys and apes.
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Expanding Conservation Leadership in Suriname, South America's smallest country and one of the world's most forested with 8 monkey species!
Through the Environmental Sciences program at ADEK, Suriname's main university, this State Department award gives me the opportunity to train students & young professionals in Suriname in research, professional development & leadership skills.
Currently conducting primate surveys across Suriname and Guyana.
Surveys are in collaboration with tribal & indigenous peoples.
Interviews with local people will explore potential for intergenerational differences in how the future of forest conservation is perceived.