As you know, IEF presents a monthly opportunity to interface directly with a conservationist and learn about their work. Our regular Conservation Chats are a unique way to feel connected with the projects you are supporting when you give to IEF.

Dr. Kathleen Gobush joins us for our June Conservation Chat on Wednesday, June 12th at 10am PST/ 12noon Central. She will speak about “Efforts to Ensure Data-Driven Conservation of Africa’s Elephants” and take your questions. It is sure to be an excellent event!

Dr. Gobush has more than 25 years of experience in designing and conducting original wildlife conservation research on three continents with numerous peer-reviewed publications on terrestrial and marine mammals. She has held professional leadership roles as research ecologist, senior program officer, manager, and program director. Currently she is an independent consultant and an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Washington. A primary focus of her work has been the two species of African elephants, involving time in the field and the laboratory investigating their population ecology, behavior, genetics, and physiology.

Also, she has worked on ivory-related policy at national and international levels since 2013 to advance protections and sound management of the two elephants. In 2015 she co-designed and co-launched cutting-edge anti-poaching software for protected area managers that today is operational in nearly 500 sites worldwide. Kathleen has served a member of the IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group and as the Red List Authority Coordinator since 2017. More recently she became the CITES Focal Point for the specialist group as well as a member of its Taxonomic Task Force.

Attendance is free! You can RSVP here.