CORE TEAM

Who we are.

Gabby Ahmadia, Ph.D. / Lead Marine Scientist, World Wildlife Fund   Gabby has expertise in tropical ecology, monitoring design, and impact evaluation of marine conservation interventions. As a marine conservation scientist with the Oceans team at WWF-US, she supports work in the Bird's Head and Sunda Banda Seascapes of Eastern Indonesia to better understand the linkages between MPAs and social and ecological outcomes. Gabby is also supporting work around coral reefs, climate and identifying strategic conservation priorities in the Coral Triangle. She has experience throughout the Pacific though has focused most of her efforts in Indonesia.

Gabby Ahmadia, Ph.D. / Lead Marine Scientist, World Wildlife Fund

Gabby has expertise in tropical ecology, monitoring design, and impact evaluation of marine conservation interventions. As a marine conservation scientist with the Oceans team at WWF-US, she supports work in the Bird's Head and Sunda Banda Seascapes of Eastern Indonesia to better understand the linkages between MPAs and social and ecological outcomes. Gabby is also supporting work around coral reefs, climate and identifying strategic conservation priorities in the Coral Triangle. She has experience throughout the Pacific though has focused most of her efforts in Indonesia.

Amkieltiela / Marine Science and Knowledge Management Officer, World Wildlife Fund - Indonesia   Tiela, a Bachelor of Biology from the University of Indonesia, Jakarta, started her career at WWF-Indonesia in 2011 as Marine Liaison Officer. Now as WWF-Indonesia Marine Science and Knowledge Management Officer, she plays a role in the management of science related to the Water Conservation Area, including supporting the provision of literature needed by colleagues in the field and providing training for capacity building for support staff the achievement of the target organization. She also ensures the data collected is well documented and stored in the WWF-Indonesia site.

Amkieltiela / Marine Science and Knowledge Management Officer, World Wildlife Fund - Indonesia

Tiela, a Bachelor of Biology from the University of Indonesia, Jakarta, started her career at WWF-Indonesia in 2011 as Marine Liaison Officer. Now as WWF-Indonesia Marine Science and Knowledge Management Officer, she plays a role in the management of science related to the Water Conservation Area, including supporting the provision of literature needed by colleagues in the field and providing training for capacity building for support staff the achievement of the target organization. She also ensures the data collected is well documented and stored in the WWF-Indonesia site.

Dominic Andradi-Brown, Ph.D. / Marine Science Fellow, World Wildlife Fund - US   Dominic works on the ecological aspects of monitoring and evaluation of conservation activities. He provides scientific support for partners at WWF Indonesia and Universitas Negeri Papua for marine protected area monitoring work in the Sunda Banda and Bird’s Head Seascapes, Indonesia. Dominic also works as a scientist for the Global Mangrove Alliance to increase mangrove forest protection and restoration. Dominic completed his PhD in the Ocean Research and Conservation Group at the University of Oxford, researching fish ecology on mesophotic reefs. He is also a member of the Reef Conservation UK steering committee, and has previously worked for organizations such as the Zoological Society of London and Operation Wallacea. He has coral reef research experience in many regions, including: the Chagos Archipelago, Fiji, Honduras, Indonesia, and Mexico.

Dominic Andradi-Brown, Ph.D. / Marine Science Fellow, World Wildlife Fund - US

Dominic works on the ecological aspects of monitoring and evaluation of conservation activities. He provides scientific support for partners at WWF Indonesia and Universitas Negeri Papua for marine protected area monitoring work in the Sunda Banda and Bird’s Head Seascapes, Indonesia. Dominic also works as a scientist for the Global Mangrove Alliance to increase mangrove forest protection and restoration. Dominic completed his PhD in the Ocean Research and Conservation Group at the University of Oxford, researching fish ecology on mesophotic reefs. He is also a member of the Reef Conservation UK steering committee, and has previously worked for organizations such as the Zoological Society of London and Operation Wallacea. He has coral reef research experience in many regions, including: the Chagos Archipelago, Fiji, Honduras, Indonesia, and Mexico.

Awaludinnoer / The Nature Conservancy   Bio coming soon.

Awaludinnoer / The Nature Conservancy

Bio coming soon.

Stuart Campbell / Senior Director, Rare   Bio coming soon.

Stuart Campbell / Senior Director, Rare

Bio coming soon.

Courtney Cox, Ph.D. / Director, Rare   Courtney is broadly interested in coral reef ecology and marine conservation biology. Her research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of conservation strategies for restoring parrotfish populations and using molecular techniques to develop and improve coral reef conservation and management strategies. Courtney is focused on assessing population connectivity and larval dispersal of parrotfish across the Caribbean using population genetics and incorporating this information into management plans. She is also using genetic barcoding to identify fish and shark species used in local markets across the Caribbean.

Courtney Cox, Ph.D. / Director, Rare

Courtney is broadly interested in coral reef ecology and marine conservation biology. Her research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of conservation strategies for restoring parrotfish populations and using molecular techniques to develop and improve coral reef conservation and management strategies. Courtney is focused on assessing population connectivity and larval dispersal of parrotfish across the Caribbean using population genetics and incorporating this information into management plans. She is also using genetic barcoding to identify fish and shark species used in local markets across the Caribbean.

Estradivari / World Wildlife Fund - Indonesia   Estra has more than ten years experience in the field of conservation and management of marine resources in Indonesia. She is a graduate of Marine Sciences from the Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) and Post Graduate Environment and Resource Management from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Prior to joining WWF-Indonesia in 2012, Estra worked for four years at UNESCO, Jakarta, as Program Assistant for Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge; five years at the Indonesian Coral Reef Foundation as Science Program Manager & Deputy Director; one year at the Netherlands Center for Biodiversity Naturalis as research assistant; and two years as a peer-reviewer for the journal Zoo Indonesia. Estra has experience in research and monitoring in coastal ecology, indigenous knowledge, conservation, management, and climate change impacts.

Estradivari / World Wildlife Fund - Indonesia

Estra has more than ten years experience in the field of conservation and management of marine resources in Indonesia. She is a graduate of Marine Sciences from the Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) and Post Graduate Environment and Resource Management from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Prior to joining WWF-Indonesia in 2012, Estra worked for four years at UNESCO, Jakarta, as Program Assistant for Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge; five years at the Indonesian Coral Reef Foundation as Science Program Manager & Deputy Director; one year at the Netherlands Center for Biodiversity Naturalis as research assistant; and two years as a peer-reviewer for the journal Zoo Indonesia. Estra has experience in research and monitoring in coastal ecology, indigenous knowledge, conservation, management, and climate change impacts.

Fikri Firmansyah / Marine Conservation Science Assistant, WWF-Indonesia   Under the Marine Conservation Science division, Fikri is not only tasked with developing research protocols, but also with developing the capacity of WWF-Indonesia staff and partners at various sites in scientific research and science-based management. He also leads the dive team in #XPDCALORFLOTIM. Fikri graduated from Marine Science and Technology Bogor Agricultural University and holds a M.A.Sc. with Honors from the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Prior to joining WWF-Indonesia, Fikri spent five years working in Banda Aceh as well as three years as a Marine Consultant for the Fauna & Flora International Aceh Program. Previously, he was Marine and GIS Officer in Aceh Green.

Fikri Firmansyah / Marine Conservation Science Assistant, WWF-Indonesia

Under the Marine Conservation Science division, Fikri is not only tasked with developing research protocols, but also with developing the capacity of WWF-Indonesia staff and partners at various sites in scientific research and science-based management. He also leads the dive team in #XPDCALORFLOTIM. Fikri graduated from Marine Science and Technology Bogor Agricultural University and holds a M.A.Sc. with Honors from the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Prior to joining WWF-Indonesia, Fikri spent five years working in Banda Aceh as well as three years as a Marine Consultant for the Fauna & Flora International Aceh Program. Previously, he was Marine and GIS Officer in Aceh Green.

Robert Fidler, Ph.D. / Postdoctoral Researcher at the Tropical Fish Ecology Lab, Florida International University   Robert is a marine biologist and conservationist, with a focus on coral reef and fisheries management.  He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia and received an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Florida Institute of Technology, where he also served as a U.S. Student Fulbright Fellow in the Philippines. His research examines the impact of marine protected areas (MPAs) on biodiversity and fisheries in coral reef ecosystems, particularly how MPAs alter fish community structure, population demographics, and life-history evolution. Robert is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Florida International University. 

Robert Fidler, Ph.D. / Postdoctoral Researcher at the Tropical Fish Ecology Lab, Florida International University

Robert is a marine biologist and conservationist, with a focus on coral reef and fisheries management.  He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia and received an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Florida Institute of Technology, where he also served as a U.S. Student Fulbright Fellow in the Philippines. His research examines the impact of marine protected areas (MPAs) on biodiversity and fisheries in coral reef ecosystems, particularly how MPAs alter fish community structure, population demographics, and life-history evolution. Robert is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Florida International University. 

Louise Glew, Ph.D. / Director, Conservation Evidence, World Wildlife Fund   Louise leads WWF’s Conservation Evidence unit. She specializes in impact evaluation, community-based conservation, and conservation social science. 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. 

Louise Glew, Ph.D. / Director, Conservation Evidence, World Wildlife Fund

Louise leads WWF’s Conservation Evidence unit. She specializes in impact evaluation, community-based conservation, and conservation social science. 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. 

Christian Novia Ngesti Handayani / Marine Spatial Planning and Monitoring Senior Officer, World Wildlife Fund - Indonesia   Nope joined WWF-Indonesia in 2009 as GIS Specialist for Marine Program in Sorong. In 2011, she was transferred to Jakarta to assist the Marine Program nationally. Nope currently works under the Marine Conservation Science division. She has strengthened the Coral Triangle team though marine space planning; assisting in capacity building of CT staff in spatial planning; ensuring the spatial data collected is documented, updated and stored properly; and providing monitoring tools to support the achievement of the WWF-Indonesia Coral Triangle program target. She graduated from Marine Sciences University of Diponegoro and Universitas Gadjah Mada with a specialization in Remote Sensing.

Christian Novia Ngesti Handayani / Marine Spatial Planning and Monitoring Senior Officer, World Wildlife Fund - Indonesia

Nope joined WWF-Indonesia in 2009 as GIS Specialist for Marine Program in Sorong. In 2011, she was transferred to Jakarta to assist the Marine Program nationally. Nope currently works under the Marine Conservation Science division. She has strengthened the Coral Triangle team though marine space planning; assisting in capacity building of CT staff in spatial planning; ensuring the spatial data collected is documented, updated and stored properly; and providing monitoring tools to support the achievement of the WWF-Indonesia Coral Triangle program target. She graduated from Marine Sciences University of Diponegoro and Universitas Gadjah Mada with a specialization in Remote Sensing.

Alastair Harborn, Ph.D. / Ecologist, Tropical Fish Ecology Lab, Florida International University   Alastair is an ecologist primarily interested in coral reef fishes, with a particular focus on the impacts of environmental change on these fishes and aiding their conservation. Much of his current work, in both the Caribbean and Pacific, is examining the natural processes and anthropogenic impacts that control the abundance, ecology, and behaviour of reef fishes, and integrating this work into food web models to provide a comprehensive understanding of tropical communities and the threats to their health. This work includes interests in the impacts of marine reserves, the ecology of fishes on flat, coral-depauperate reefs of the future, and the impacts of tropical species moving onto sub-tropical reefs.

Alastair Harborn, Ph.D. / Ecologist, Tropical Fish Ecology Lab, Florida International University

Alastair is an ecologist primarily interested in coral reef fishes, with a particular focus on the impacts of environmental change on these fishes and aiding their conservation. Much of his current work, in both the Caribbean and Pacific, is examining the natural processes and anthropogenic impacts that control the abundance, ecology, and behaviour of reef fishes, and integrating this work into food web models to provide a comprehensive understanding of tropical communities and the threats to their health. This work includes interests in the impacts of marine reserves, the ecology of fishes on flat, coral-depauperate reefs of the future, and the impacts of tropical species moving onto sub-tropical reefs.

Flora Yifan He / Social Science Coordinator, Moore Center for Science, Conservation International   Flora coordinates research, capacity building, and technical assistance activities of CI's social science initiative. Her current research focuses on the diffusion of conservation innovations, Protected Area Downgrading, Downsizing, and Degazettement (PADDD), and conservation beyond protected areas. She has an interdisciplinary background in GIS, environmental governance, conservation ecology, and psychology. Her previous field research includes forest governance of indigenous communities in Bolivia, human-wildlife conflict resolution in Tibet, protected area management in Alaska, and wildlife trafficking in Indonesia. She received a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Hong Kong and a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan.

Flora Yifan He / Social Science Coordinator, Moore Center for Science, Conservation International

Flora coordinates research, capacity building, and technical assistance activities of CI's social science initiative. Her current research focuses on the diffusion of conservation innovations, Protected Area Downgrading, Downsizing, and Degazettement (PADDD), and conservation beyond protected areas. She has an interdisciplinary background in GIS, environmental governance, conservation ecology, and psychology. Her previous field research includes forest governance of indigenous communities in Bolivia, human-wildlife conflict resolution in Tibet, protected area management in Alaska, and wildlife trafficking in Indonesia. She received a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Hong Kong and a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan.

Arundhati Jagadish, PhD/ Social Scientist, Conservation International   Arundhati is a social scientist interested in applying Diffusion of Innovations theory and Cognitive Anthropological perspectives of human decision-making to conservation practice. Broadly, her research interests include Diffusion of innovations, Cultural models and decision-making, Social networks, Social-ecological systems, Interactions between humans and non-humans, and Co-existence and Conservation. At Cl, her research focuses on the diffusion of conservation interventions, specifically, the spread and adoption of conservation interventions such as LMMAs in the Pacific and Western Indian Ocean. This is part of a larger attempt to integrate evidence-based decision making in conservation practice and accelerate the growth of LMMAs. She holds a PhD in Forestry and Natural Resources from University of Georgia, and a Master’s in Environmental Studies from The Environmental Research Institute, India. She has previously done research in the Himalayas and India.

Arundhati Jagadish, PhD/ Social Scientist, Conservation International

Arundhati is a social scientist interested in applying Diffusion of Innovations theory and Cognitive Anthropological perspectives of human decision-making to conservation practice. Broadly, her research interests include Diffusion of innovations, Cultural models and decision-making, Social networks, Social-ecological systems, Interactions between humans and non-humans, and Co-existence and Conservation. At Cl, her research focuses on the diffusion of conservation interventions, specifically, the spread and adoption of conservation interventions such as LMMAs in the Pacific and Western Indian Ocean. This is part of a larger attempt to integrate evidence-based decision making in conservation practice and accelerate the growth of LMMAs. She holds a PhD in Forestry and Natural Resources from University of Georgia, and a Master’s in Environmental Studies from The Environmental Research Institute, India. She has previously done research in the Himalayas and India.

Mike Mascia, Ph.D. / Senior Director, Social Science, Conservation International   Michael leads CI’s social science research, technical assistance, and capacity-building. Mike’s research focuses on governance and biodiversity conservation, particularly the governance and social impacts of protected areas. Mike has research and policy experience in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, Southeast Asia, and the United States. He has published widely on the social dimensions of biodiversity conservation and provided technical support to numerous government agencies, conservation organizations, and donors.

Mike Mascia, Ph.D. / Senior Director, Social Science, Conservation International

Michael leads CI’s social science research, technical assistance, and capacity-building. Mike’s research focuses on governance and biodiversity conservation, particularly the governance and social impacts of protected areas. Mike has research and policy experience in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, Southeast Asia, and the United States. He has published widely on the social dimensions of biodiversity conservation and provided technical support to numerous government agencies, conservation organizations, and donors.

Shauna Mahajan / Social Scientist, Global Science, World Wildlife Fund   Shauna is a conservation social scientist interested in how science informs decision-making, the practical applications of resilience theory, and participatory research . At WWF, Shauna's work focuses on the science of conservation design and evaluation and supports the development of institutional monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) systems. Current projects also include integrating systems thinking into conservation strategy, and evaluating the social impacts of Fishery Improvement Projects. Her past research has taken her to explore the agriculture landscapes of Quebec; river basins in the eastern United States, and fishing communities in the Indian Ocean. She holds a BA from McGill University and a M.Sc. from the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Shauna Mahajan / Social Scientist, Global Science, World Wildlife Fund

Shauna is a conservation social scientist interested in how science informs decision-making, the practical applications of resilience theory, and participatory research . At WWF, Shauna's work focuses on the science of conservation design and evaluation and supports the development of institutional monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) systems. Current projects also include integrating systems thinking into conservation strategy, and evaluating the social impacts of Fishery Improvement Projects. Her past research has taken her to explore the agriculture landscapes of Quebec; river basins in the eastern United States, and fishing communities in the Indian Ocean. She holds a BA from McGill University and a M.Sc. from the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Morena Mills, Ph.D. / Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science in the Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London   Morena is passionate about applied biodiversity conservation research and She is interested in improving policy that impacts the persistence of species and people’s wellbeing. She spends most of her time applying social science theories to solve challenges associated to biodiversity conservation. Her research spans marine and terrestrial systems, and she runs both global and local scale projects. For example, at a global scale, she is investigating what, how and why conservation interventions spread around the world. At a local scale she is investigating how policies aimed at conserving and restoring biodiversity in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and coast can be improved.

Morena Mills, Ph.D. / Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science in the Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London

Morena is passionate about applied biodiversity conservation research and She is interested in improving policy that impacts the persistence of species and people’s wellbeing. She spends most of her time applying social science theories to solve challenges associated to biodiversity conservation. Her research spans marine and terrestrial systems, and she runs both global and local scale projects. For example, at a global scale, she is investigating what, how and why conservation interventions spread around the world. At a local scale she is investigating how policies aimed at conserving and restoring biodiversity in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and coast can be improved.

Michael Painter, Ph.D. / Senior Technical Advisor, Wildlife Conservation Society   Michael is an ecological anthropologist, with a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. His long-term research interests have focused on the social and economic factors that shape how people use land and natural resources. He joined WCS in 1997, and over the course of 17 years, he occupied various positions, including country director, first in Bolivia, then in Peru. He also directed the WCS Amazon program. Michael is now a senior technical advisor at WCS, where he supports field programs and senior staff on issues related to human livelihoods and indigenous and traditional peoples, as part of the Conservation Measures and Communities program. He also represents WCS in the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights. He also chairs WCS’s Institutional Review Board.

Michael Painter, Ph.D. / Senior Technical Advisor, Wildlife Conservation Society

Michael is an ecological anthropologist, with a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. His long-term research interests have focused on the social and economic factors that shape how people use land and natural resources. He joined WCS in 1997, and over the course of 17 years, he occupied various positions, including country director, first in Bolivia, then in Peru. He also directed the WCS Amazon program. Michael is now a senior technical advisor at WCS, where he supports field programs and senior staff on issues related to human livelihoods and indigenous and traditional peoples, as part of the Conservation Measures and Communities program. He also represents WCS in the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights. He also chairs WCS’s Institutional Review Board.

Sushma Shrestha, Ph.D. / Social Scientist, Moore Center for Science. Conservation International   Sushma leads the research on mapping of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities’ governance of land and marine territories. This is part of a larger evidence synthesis in global conservation interventions beyond state protected areas at CI. Sushma has research expertise in social-ecological systems, natural-social knowledge integration, community-based conservation, and landscape and natural resource mapping. She received her PhD from Miami University, Ohio and has worked in Nepal, Ecuador, and Dominican Republic.

Sushma Shrestha, Ph.D. / Social Scientist, Moore Center for Science. Conservation International

Sushma leads the research on mapping of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities’ governance of land and marine territories. This is part of a larger evidence synthesis in global conservation interventions beyond state protected areas at CI. Sushma has research expertise in social-ecological systems, natural-social knowledge integration, community-based conservation, and landscape and natural resource mapping. She received her PhD from Miami University, Ohio and has worked in Nepal, Ecuador, and Dominican Republic.

Shinta Trilestari Pardede / Reef Fish Biologist, Wildlife Conservation Society - Indonesia    Shinta has worked with WCS as a Reef Fish Biologist since 2003. She manages field surveys and the science components of various projects, and holds a Divemaster certification from NAUI. She received a MA in Biology from Boston University, where she focused on the genetics of Indonesian reef fish.

Shinta Trilestari Pardede / Reef Fish Biologist, Wildlife Conservation Society - Indonesia

Shinta has worked with WCS as a Reef Fish Biologist since 2003. She manages field surveys and the science components of various projects, and holds a Divemaster certification from NAUI. She received a MA in Biology from Boston University, where she focused on the genetics of Indonesian reef fish.

Peni Lestari Widyaningsih / Wildlife Conservation Society   Bio coming soon.

Peni Lestari Widyaningsih / Wildlife Conservation Society

Bio coming soon.

David Wilkie, Ph.D. / Executive Director, Conservation Measures and Communities, Wildlife Conservation Society   David seeks to strengthen the practice and impact of WCS conservation worldwide. Since joining WCS, David has led efforts to ensure that WCS field programs identify explicit conservation objectives for which we hold ourselves accountable, and tactically monitor and report our conservation progress. Today he leads WCS’s 5-measures approach to evidence-based conservation. He is a founder of the Conservation Measures Partnership, a joint venture of conservation NGOs committed to improving the practice of conservation by promoting adoption of a consensus. He has also based a set of standards for planning, implementation, and measuring conservation impact. David has over 30 years of experience working in international conservation in Central Africa, Central and South America, and Asia.

David Wilkie, Ph.D. / Executive Director, Conservation Measures and Communities, Wildlife Conservation Society

David seeks to strengthen the practice and impact of WCS conservation worldwide. Since joining WCS, David has led efforts to ensure that WCS field programs identify explicit conservation objectives for which we hold ourselves accountable, and tactically monitor and report our conservation progress. Today he leads WCS’s 5-measures approach to evidence-based conservation. He is a founder of the Conservation Measures Partnership, a joint venture of conservation NGOs committed to improving the practice of conservation by promoting adoption of a consensus. He has also based a set of standards for planning, implementation, and measuring conservation impact. David has over 30 years of experience working in international conservation in Central Africa, Central and South America, and Asia.