Wes Sechrest, Ph.D.


Dr. Sechrest founded Global Wildlife Conservation and serves as Chief Scientist and CEO. He leads GWC’s efforts to explore, document, and protect the world’s most threatened species and habitats. Dr. Sechrest has a background in conservation biology, particularly focused on mammal conservation and priority setting for biodiversity conservation. Dr. Sechrest is a conservation biologist, with a focus on international wildlife conservation. His interests in conservation science vary widely, and include work on threatened species, zoology, protected areas, biodiversity patterns and processes, natural history, environmental science, and the link between academic and applied conservation science.

Dr. Sechrest’s research focuses on global conservation issues, as well as field-based biodiversity conservation. Dr. Sechrest is an expert on species conservation, and is extensively involved in advancing conservation efforts, particularly for mammals. He has published numerous scientific papers in leading journals including Science, Nature, BioScience, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His research has been used to set priorities for international conservation to advance protection of the planet’s biodiversity. Additionally, his work has examined the effectiveness of protected areas for species conservation, as well as how to conserve species in areas under high threat from humans and their activities. He has international work experience in more than 25 countries.

Currently, Dr. Sechrest is leading work to explore, research and protect the most biologically important areas on the planet. As GWC’s Chief Scientist and Chief Executive Officer, he is implementing field projects across the planet along with a team of renowned field biologists. He is working on how to identify and conserve threatened species, including how to systematically set conservation priorities. Additionally, he is leading GWC’s efforts to secure long-term preservation of areas of global biological importance. He leads GWC’s collaborative efforts to best conserve the world’s threatened wildlife in partnership with local, national, and international non-governmental and governmental organizations, both in the United States and abroad. Dr. Sechrest also serves on the Board of Directors of Bat Conservation International and on the Global Council of the Amphibian Survival Alliance. He is Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University.

  • Ph.D. Biology, University of Virginia.
  • B.S. Biology, Wake Forest University.

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