A Q&A with GWC’s new office manager

March 26, 2018

This year Jill Lucena joined our team as GWC’s new office manager. Jill ensures that everything runs smoothly in the office of GWC’s Chief Conservation Officer Russ Mittermeier. She manages the distribution and sales of several book series, including the CEMEX Nature Series, GWC-produced field guides and pocket guides and the IUCN Primate Specialist Group Read more

Fishing Cat Spotted in Indonesia?

March 2, 2018

Even as conservationists have started to fear that the Fishing Cat is extirpated from Indonesia, new footage, though inconclusive, has renewed hope that the species may not yet have vanished from Southeast Asia. The likely last sighting of a wild fishing cat in Java was before 1990. Over the past 15 years, researchers have placed Read more

Fishing Cat February: Shifting Attitudes in Nepal’s Bara District

February 26, 2018

It had been at least 35 days out in Nepal’s Parsa National Park at Halkhoria Lake and my student Sashank Sharma and I had not spotted any evidence of our species of interest, the Fishing Cat. We had been checking and re-checking our camera traps, which were recording 24 hours a day, and had found Read more

Q&A with GWC’s New Operations Associate

February 21, 2018

Tinisha Hancock recently joined GWC’s team as our new operations associate, managing the financial transactions and facilitating daily GWC operations. Tinisha learned about finance and accounting while on a winding road toward earning a Ph.D. in biology, where she focused on microbial ecology. Her goal at GWC is to bring a love of science and Read more

A Green Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

February 12, 2018

Love is in the air! But in the sea, there’s tons and tons (specifically up to 13 metric tons) of plastic. It’s an unfortunate circumstance–but one we can start remedying now. One way is by improving how we celebrate holidays, which usually have a massive environmental footprint. For example, Valentine’s Day can be the epitome Read more

Q&A with GWC’s New Wildlife Crime Prevention Officer

January 26, 2018

The illegal wildlife trade is the world’s fourth largest black market, and at GWC, we’re focused on working with local communities to prevent wildlife crime before it takes place. This month we welcomed Wildlife Crime Prevention Officer James Slade to the GWC team. James is a long-time conservationist who engages crime prevention strategies with a Read more

Gum-Chewing Mini Monkeys Get Expanded Genetic Family Tree

January 25, 2018

Move over, Kardashians. Keeping up with the world’s smallest monkey is considerably more engaging than any reality TV show, says behavioral ecologist Stella de la Torre, who has been studying Pygmy Marmosets in South America since 1994. Different groups of Pygmy Marmosets have different dialects, gum-feeding preferences and insect-hunting techniques, each population has its own Read more

Cyclops or Quadriops? Expedition Team Discovers Quirky New Water Beetles in Guyana

January 24, 2018

When Andrew Short’s team was looking for water beetles on a 2014 GWC-funded biodiversity survey in Guyana, they were armed with nets and tea strainer-like devices, ready to collect samples from waterfalls, flowing water and rock seepages on rocky outcrops. What they weren’t prepared for was the discovery of a water beetle that isn’t…aquatic…and instead Read more

Q&A with GWC’s New Primate Conservation Director

December 26, 2017

Dr. Anthony Rylands began his career studying primates in the Amazon and Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil. Since 1996, he has served as deputy Chair of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, and has increasingly focused his work on the objectives of the specialist group—networking, coordinating, and publishing on themes that focus on the conservation Read more