Lower River Lab
Major Advisor: Robert Montgomery
Biography: I studied Conservation Biology at Makerere University Uganda, before joining Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as a carnivore researcher in 2008. Since 2009, I have either been conducting or coordinating WCS Uganda's large mammal (elephant, lion (emphasis), hyena, and leopard) research projects in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, or Kidepo Valley National Park. In 2011, I attended the University of Oxford, graduating with a postgraduate diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice. Because I work closely with people living near predator habitats, I kind of sway into law enforcement, working with rangers on patrol strategies and illegal hunting tool recovery tactics. I also engage local communities on finding ways of mitigating wildlife-human conflict through alternative livelihoods, managing invasive species, and providing adequate grazing and watering grounds outside protected areas for their livestock. At this stage, my research interest is in understanding how large mammals spatially respond and hopefully cope with the presence of major oil and gas works in their habitat in the Murchison Falls National Park landscape.