For 25 years I've been working on lion research and conservation, particularly across West, Central and the Horn of Africa. For most of that period I was resident in Cameroon and Ethiopia, with travel to other countries, doing research, supervising students and advising government and non-government organisations. From the beginning, my interest has been in interdisciplinary problem-oriented conservation science. I have (co-)authored well over 100 publications, including the IUCN Red List Assessment for the Lion.
At WildCRU, my aim is to develop lion research and conservation, particularly in West and Central Africa where the species is highly threatened. My focus is on conflict resolution and on protected area management. In this region, where the wildlife sector is not well developed, this means capacity building and assisting local people and institutions to run field projects.