(2014 – present)
Louisa graduated with a BSc Geography from Lancaster University (2004) which included a project in the Mara Triangle, Maasai Mara, Kenya looking at cheetah behaviour in relation to presence of spotted hyaena. Her MSc in Conservation Biology was from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University and Kent (2006). Her master’s research, which was in collaboration with a Darwin Initiative project and Friends of Conservation (an international NGO), assessed wildlife distribution in the Greater Mara Ecosystem, Kenya by focusing on the effects of landscape variables and anthropogenic threats on four key species: elephants, lions, zebras, and wild dogs. For four years she has been a scientific team leader for the Earthwatch project ‘Scavengers of South Africa’, looking after volunteers and teaching them new skills. She recently completed a PhD at Nottingham Trent University on the comparative abundance and ranging behaviour of brown hyaena (Parahyaena brunnea) inside and outside protected areas in South Africa. The thesis looked to understand the factors that affect the abundance and distribution of brown hyaena between areas of high and low human-wildlife conflict using GPS collars, remote camera traps, and questionnaires.
She joins CCF as the Ecology Manager and is responsible for coordinating and assisting in all aspects of their ecology research and managing their capacity building training programmes for local communities. She will also assist CCF staff and interns with project planning, data analysis producing scientific publications, research proposals, and grant applications.