Executive Director/CEO of Science for Wildlife. Kellie has extensive experience in governance, strategic development and conservation program management in the not-for-profit sector. She has worked on koala conservation and research in NSW and Victoria for nine years, and prior to that she spent a decade in Zambia where she founded a non-profit organization the Zambian Carnivore Programme, which utilises the African wild dog and other large carnivores as flagship species for landscape-scale conservation, and secured core funding from WWF. Since returning to Australia she has developed conservation programs for a variety of organisations based on her successful model of combining research, on-ground conservation action and community education and engagement. She completed her PhD through the University of Sydney where she maintains an Honorary Research Fellow position and has taught the wildlife population management components for a Masters degree. Her research expertise is focused on the application of science to conservation challenges and includes conservation biology, genetics, behavioural ecology, and recent innovative work training and evaluating wildlife detection dogs. She has secured and managed over $4.5 million in research and conservation grants, and has held Board positions in several Not-For-Profit organisations.
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