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Dr Alexandra Zimmermann

Dr Alexandra Zimmermann

Head of Conservation Science, Chester Zoo, UK
Senior Research Associate, WildCRU, University of Oxford, UK

Alexandra Zimmermann is the founding Chair of the Task Force, as well as Head of Conservation Science at Chester Zoo, and Senior Research Associate at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of Oxford University. Her work on human-wildlife conflict began in 2000 and to date has included research and applied work involving elephants and lions in India, tigers in Nepal, bears in Bolivia, jaguars across Latin America, armadillos in Brazil, and fruit bats in Mauritius. Her interdisciplinary approach to HWC focuses on studying and addressing the underlying social as well as ecological drivers of conflict, and designing strategies that transfer ownership and decisions to the affected parties. She has developed several community-based HWC initiatives, led four Darwin Initiative projects, and supervises doctoral and postdoctoral research on various aspects of HWC. She studied at the University of Leeds, the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), Harvard University, and has a DPhil (PhD) in wildlife conservation from the University of Oxford.

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