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Megan Barnes

Megan is a decision scientist with a diverse background in behavioural ecology and both theoretical and applied conservation science, with expertise in both marine and terrestrial ecosystems, global vertebrate fauna, tropical ecology, decision science, statistics, impact evaluation, protected areas management, and conservation planning, and global protected areas policy. Her research focuses on cost-effective decisions, monitoring and evaluation, global protected areas policy, and using innovative approaches to understand the status and trends of fauna in data-poor contexts through the application of advanced statistical methods and emerging technologies.

Duan Biggs

Duan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University. His research is applied and focused on having real-world policy and management impact. Duan works on a range of conservation issues including managing global supply chains for biodiversity outcomes, navigating the complexity of conservation's illegal wildlife trade crisis, nature-based tourism, community-based conservation, and the development of wildlife and biodiversity economies. Duan works closely with the IUCN, the Luc Hoffmann Institute and WWF as well as the International Institute for Environment and Development ( to ensure his research delivers to policy and management needs. He is appointed as an adjunct at the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science at the University of Queensland and at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Johanna Eklund

Johanna has a PhD from the University of Helsinki, Finland, where she now continues postdoctoral research on the effectiveness of protected areas. She is broadly interested in questions related to evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions and the factors affecting this, especially governance and funding. For the moment she works on projects attempting to disentangle the many links between different levels of governance and ecological outcomes of protected areas. She is also interested in developing new tools and methods for the evaluation of protected area effectiveness.

Jonas Geldmann

Jonas’ work focuses on understanding pressures and threats to protected areas and how globally applied management effectiveness tools like the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) can be used to inform what makes protected areas effective in reducing human pressure. He also works on evaluating the effectiveness of protected areas internationally combining management effectiveness data with data on changes in biodiversity outcomes. Duan’s research builds on a strong tradition of mapping human pressure using remotely-sensed data (e.g. the Human Footprint) to explore patterns of effectiveness across the globe. He is also interested in understanding how pressure as measured by remote sensed data, which often represents drivers or sources of pressure can be combined with on the ground perceptions of pressure to better understand how human processes translates in to biodiversity loss.

Louise Glew

Louise is WWF’s Global Lead Scientist for Conservation Evidence. Louise’s research focuses on understanding the social and ecological impacts of conservation interventions in complex social-ecological systems. She has an interdisciplinary background, with expertise in arid rangeland ecology, social sciences and statistics. She leads WWF’s Conservation Evidence portfolio that seeks to generate, synthesize and integrate evidence on the impact of conservation interventions into policy and practice.  Her collaborative research projects include: understanding the linkages between conservation and poverty; empirical on social impacts of marine protected areas in Indonesia; the incentives and barriers for mainstreaming impact evaluation to support evidence-based conservation; and developing novel analytical techniques for predicting the impacts of conservation interventions. Before working with WWF, Louise conducted her Ph.D. research in northern Kenya. She spent over a year living in a small blue tent, roaming the rangelands of northern Kenya, to understand the social impacts of community conservation among pastoralist communities.

Ana Miller-ter Kuile

Ana is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a community ecologist who is interested in the effects of human alterations on species interactions. She works in island systems examining the ecological effects of island invasive species, and also the ecological impacts of eradications. She uses a combination of field research and molecular ecology to understand species interactions on islands, and uses these data to inform theoretical ecology research and conservation planning.

Claudia S. Polo-Urrea

Claudia has a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in wildlife conservation, and did her postdoctoral research in remote sensing in the Silvis Lab at the University of Wisconsin. She worked as an associate conservation scientist for Wildlife Conservation Society - North America Program and now works as a freelance consultant.

Edwin Pynegar

Edwin recently obtained his Ph.D. in conservation science from Bangor University (U.K.), in which he examined the use of Randomised Control Trials in conducting conservation evaluations. He is interested in which impact evaluation methods are most effective, cost-effective, and convincing in particular contexts; in how evaluators can bridge the gap between research and practice; and in how timely evaluations can be used to improve the design of conservation programs, with a focus on forest and water conservation in the Global South. He currently works at the Natura Bolivia Foundation in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, where he works designing and implementing evaluations of watershed conservation programs in the Andes, as well as investigating the use of technology for conservation practice in often remote locations.

Johan Oldekop

Johan Oldekop is an environmental social scientist and Senior Lecturer in Environment and Development at the Global Development Institute. His work focuses on understanding the kinds of policies, interventions and social processes that lead to better outcomes for people and nature. Johan's research is inherently interdisciplinary and combines a range of different approaches from the natural and social sciences, including ecology, geographical information systems, political science, and economics. He has ongoing research projects in various biodiversity hotspots and is increasingly interested in the use of large-scale publicly available datasets to understand tradeoffs and synergies between conservation and development outcomes.
Johan obtained his PhD at the University of Manchester. He is part of the Forest and Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement (FLARE) network, and is Associate Editor for the journal Environmental Conservation.