Marsh Ecology Award

2014 - Professor Rosie Woodroffe

Professor Rosie Woodroffe’s research falls at the interface of conservation biology, disease ecology, and animal behaviour. Her work is highly inter-disciplinary and she collaborates with a wide range of professionals, from pathologists to economists. Rosie’s current research is concerned primarily with conservation biology and wildlife management and she has a strong commitment to using science to influence both policy and conservation action.

Some key areas Rosie has been involved in include:

•The conservation of wildlife that conflicts with people - Rosie has conducted research on both the ecological drivers of human-wildlife conflicts (mainly in African carnivores including wild dogs and lions), and on technical measures to resolve such conflicts.

•Infectious disease in ecology and conservation - Rosie has been extensively involved in research on the transmission of Mycobacterium bovis, the causative agent of bovine tuberculosis (TB), between badgers and cattle in the UK.

•Species conservation planning – Rosie coordinates the African wild dog working group of the IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group and has been particularly active in international conservation planning for this species; she co-founded the Rangewide Conservation Programme for cheetahs and African wild dogs. She was also involved in drafting a United States Fish & Wildlife Service recovery plan for the critically endangered California channel island fox, and a national framework for large carnivore conservation with the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Rosie completed an undergraduate degree and D.Phil. at the University of Oxford. After a Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge she gained a Lectureship at the University of Warwick in Ecology and Epidemiology. She then moved to the University of California, Davis, as Professor of Conservation Biology before returning to the United Kingdom where she is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London.


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