I was born in Argentina, where I graduated in zoology in 1984 from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, and obtained my DPhil from Oxford University at LMH in 1994 on the behavioural ecology of the Ethiopian wolf. This lead to the establishment of the ongoing Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme in 1995.
I joined WildCRU in 1988, and am currently its Deputy Director. For the last thirty years I have been involved in the conservation of threatened species, protected areas management, and human wildlife conflict - work that has spanned four continents and numerous countries. In 1998 I received the Whitley Award for Animal Conservation from the Royal Geographical Society for my work in Ethiopia.
I am a conservation biologist dedicated to the conservation of threatened species, mitigation of people-wildlife conflict, impacts of disease, protected areas management, transfrontier conservation and the role of networks in conservation. I maintain an interest in the behavioural ecology of carnivores, particularly the biology and conservation of wild canids, focus of my early research.
I am the Senior Tutor of the PG Diploma for International Wildlife Conservation Practice.