I am Opeyemi Blessing OYAWALE, a first-class wildlife and ecotourism management graduate from the prestigious University of Ibadan, Nigeria, fueled by a deep passion for wildlife research and conservation consultancy. My academic journey has been a quest to understand and contribute to the delicate balance between humanity and the natural world. With a firm foundation in wildlife and ecotourism management, I am on a dedicated path towards becoming a wildlife researcher and consultant. Motivated by my curiosity to explore the complex lives of wildlife, I want to establish a name for myself as a researcher and provide accurate evaluation for conservation initiatives. In addition, my goal is to provide sustainable practice consultations that help close the gap between human activity and the health of the various ecosystems on our planet. I'm continually looking for scholarship opportunities to further my education overseas as part of my quest for excellence. By doing this, I hope to improve my perspectives on the world, my knowledge, and my abilities, positioning myself to have a bigger influence in the field of wildlife research and conservation. My vision includes promoting responsible wildlife management, becoming a catalyst for positive change, and encouraging peaceful cohabitation between people and the natural world. I'm eager to connect with fellow researchers, conservationists, and professionals in related fields. Whether you share a similar passion or have insights to offer, I welcome the opportunity to build meaningful connections and explore collaborations that contribute to the betterment of our environment. I would love to connect with you if you share my enthusiasm for wildlife research and conservation consulting, and if you have any insider knowledge regarding scholarship chances. Please get in touch, and together we can set out on a mission to change the world we live in for the better. Thank you for stopping by, and I look forward to connecting with you and like-minded individuals who share a commitment to wildlife preservation
I'm a conservation entrepreneur. I helped start: 1) Freshwater Life, which protects the most endangered freshwater species from extinction by eradicating invasive fish. 2) Island Conservation and Conservación de Islas, which combined have protected over 460 species from extinction and formed 1,665,000ha of marine and island protected areas. 3) Conservation Metrics, a for-profit social venture that uses machine learning tools to analyze sensor-derived big data on wildlife populations, and drive iterative improvements in conservation. 4) Henry Arnhold Fellows Program, which finds great people with proven conservation solutions and helps them take those solutions to scale. 5) Conservation Action Lab, which trained 27 grad students and post docs now doing cool stuff in conservation and academia- and publishes lots of papers on conservation and ecology. 6) Coastal Science & Policy Program at UCSC which trains new conservation leaders from all over the world. I have a: B.S. in biology from the UC, Santa Cruz; M.S. in marine sciences from Moss Landing Marine Labs; and, Ph.D. in neurobiology and behavior from Cornell University.
I am a Lawyer of the Cameroon Bar Association with years of experience volunteering and working in wildlife conservation and environmental protection and sustainable development. I currently work for TRAFFIC - Central Africa as the Legal Assistant – Wildlife Law Enforcement and Collaboration for an INL-funded project. I have experience in wildlife case monitoring/research and delivering capacity-building training in wildlife crime/conservation litigation and Environmental Justice. Following my work as a MENTOR-POP (Progress on Pangolins) Fellow, I contributed to the uplisting of Pangolins to CITES Appendix I, and its reclassification to "Class A" (highest level of species protection in Cameroon), as well as the C4ADS report, “Tipping the scales”. I am interested in Wildlife Conservation/Environmental Law and Policy, and social behaviour change across the different wildlife conservation and environmental protection stakeholders.
Rosa Alejandra Roldán
Research assistant, Centro de Datos para la Conservación -CDC/CECON/USAC
Hi! I'm a Latin woman who loves nature. I studied Biology at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. I have experience in environmental education focused on children and young people. I work with amphibians and reptiles, specifically with salamanders and crocodiles. I like art and data digitalization. Recently, I started to work at Centro de Datos para la Conservación as a research assistant, being in charge of the Ecology section. Also, I have collaborated on a project on food security through insect consumption, working with indigenous women in the western part of my country.
Dr. Gohar Petrossian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, and the Deputy Executive Officer of the Criminal Justice Doctoral Program at CUNY Graduate Center. Dr Petrossian is a quantitative researcher and crime scientist, and her research focuses on the empirical application of crime science theories to illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and other forms of wildlife crimes. Dr. Petrossian has published over three dozen scholarly articles and book chapters on this topic. She is the author of the book The Last Fish Swimming: The Global Crime of Illegal Fishing, published in 2019. In the past two years alone, Dr Petrossian has been invited by renowned institutions and organizations as a keynote and guest speaker to discuss her research. Dr Petrossian’s work has been featured by Global Fishing Watch (A Google, Oceana, and Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation initiative), Yale University’s Environment Review, National Geographic, PBS Nature, The Center for International Maritime Security, U.S. Naval Institute, and CUNY Newswire.
Md. Sabbir Ahammed is an enthusiastic undergraduate student with an unwavering passion for wildlife conservation and a specific focus on herpetofauna research. He was born and raised in a small village surrounded by nature, where he developed a deep connection with the environment from a young age. His fascination with reptiles and amphibians began early in childhood, fostering a lifelong passion for these often misunderstood creatures, which led him to pursue a degree in Zoology at the Jagannath University, Dhaka 1100, Bangladesh. Sabbir has actively shaped his academic journey to specialize in herpetofauna research. Eager to contribute to the understanding and conservation of reptiles and amphibians, he is engaged in various research projects related to his chosen field. His determination led him to work alongside esteemed herpetologists, studying the behavior, ecology, and conservation needs of diverse amphibian and reptile species. As a result, he completed both of his undergraduate term papers on herpetofauna. Sabbir's commitment to wildlife conservation extends beyond the classroom and laboratory. Driven by a sense of responsibility for the Earth's ecosystems, Sabbir became involved in various campus organizations dedicated to environmental causes, including the Nature Study and Conservation Club (NSCC), Department of Zoology, Jagannath University. He plays a key role in organizing awareness campaigns, seminars, and educational workshops to inspire his peers to participate actively in conservation efforts. By fostering a sense of understanding and appreciation, he strives to bridge the gap between humans and these essential components of ecosystems. Apart from working on various research projects on different wildlife as a volunteer and research assistant, he is a grantee of The Explorers Club (awarded the Rising Explorer Club grant in 2023). Currently, he is the principal investigator of a project focused on lizard diversity and their conservation. Driven by a desire to share his knowledge, Sabbir actively maintains a social media presence dedicated to herpetofauna and other wildlife conservation. His engaging content not only educates the public but also inspires others to join the cause and protect biodiversity. As he advances in his undergraduate studies, his goal is to contribute meaningful research that informs conservation strategies for herpetofauna. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for preserving biodiversity, he envisions a future where reptiles and amphibians are respected and actively safeguarded for upcoming generations.