I perform interdisciplinary research on wildlife conservation issues, particularly human-carnivore coexistence in Washington State.
I am currently a graduate student at the University of Washington-Seattle School of Environment and Forest Sciences SEFS. My Urban Ecology lab advisor Dr. John Marzluff secured a grant for the “Feasibility of a Wolf Economy” that formed the basis of my dissertation.
In 2016, the Bullitt Foundation awarded me their 10th annual Environmental Leadership prize. The Bullitt prize is a huge honor for me and encourages me to continue investing in conservation, environment, and education.
Following on the Bullitt prize, the Sunday Monitor newspaper named me one of the “Top 40 Women Under 40” in my home country of Uganda.
Recent Talks / Conferences
- September - presented “Wildlife Friendly Certification: Promoting Conservation, Community Livelihoods, and Responsible Sourcing” on behalf of Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network at Aquariums and Zoos Association (AZA) 2018 Annual Conference, Seattle, WA
- September - presented “Kidepo Valley’s Crocodiles” at the Ugandan North American Association convention, Bellevue, WA
- July - presented “The role of landscape connectivity features in cougar-human interactions in exurban areas” at Society for Conservation GIS, Monterey, CA
- May - invited keynote speaker for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Career Fair at Sammamish High School, Bellevue, WA
- April - invited speaker at Sedona Wolf Week, Sedona, AZ
- April - Explorist podcast: (4/8/2018), Episode 5, starting at 22:58 - 29:10.
- April - invited speaker at University Sunrise Rotary Club, Seattle, WA
- June - invited speaker at Olympic Natural Resources Center, Forks, WA
- May - keynote at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
- February - invited speaker at Methow Valley Conservancy, Twisp, WA
- February - PRI article and interview
- November - OneHealth Day presentation (video), Center for One Health Research, University of Washington
- October - Student Conference on Conservation Science- New York, NY
- September - Bullitt Environmental Prize Fellowship
- June - invited speaker at Safari West, Santa Rosa, California
- March - Graduate Student Symposium, UW SEFS (PDF): What fosters ranchers’ commitment to participate in wolf conflict mitigation strategies?
- October - Wildlife Conservation Network Expo
- Senior Field Officer (WILD Project), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), 2009 - 2012
- Supervised field activities for WILD Program which included working with communities in close proximity to protected areas to identify suitable alternative livelihoods that would reduce human-wildlife conflict.
- Participated in Environmental Impact Assessment review for oil development projects.
Farm Manager and Estate Director, Bosemba Farm, 2005 - 2008
- Supervised day-to-day operations of rural farm.
- PhD candidate, School of Environment and Forest Sciences; University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Dissertation: Human and Carnivore Interactions in Washington State.
Certificate, Nonprofit Management program; UW Evans School of Public Policy, Seattle, Washington
- MSc, Environment & Natural Resources; Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Thesis: Conservation of Crocodylus Suchus in Kidepo Valley National Park
- BSc, Zoology (Major); Botany & Psychology (Minor); Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Awards / Scholarships
2018 - UW Husky 100
Advisory Board, Initiative for Peer Education on Climate Change (IPECC)
President, Tusubira - We Have Hope Inc.
Board Member, Conservation Northwest