Jennifer Luedtke

Jennifer Luedtke

manager of iucn red list assesments


B.S. in Environmental Studies, Wheaton College, Illinois
M.A. in Historical and Systematic Theology from Wheaton College, Illinois

Jennifer Luedtke’s current focus is on amphibian conservation. Working closely with the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, she also holds the position of Global Coordinator of the IUCN SSC Amphibian Red List Authority (ARLA). Along with Kelsey Neam (GWC’s Program Officer of IUCN Red List Assessments) and 22 ARLA Regional Coordinators, she leads the second Global Amphibian Assessment—an initiative that is assessing the extinction risk of all known species of frog, toad, salamander and caecilian.

Jennifer has a diverse background that includes work with Ramsar, the US Forest Service, A Rocha, and, most recently, the IUCN Species Survival Commission. Originally from Switzerland, she has field experience in Senegal, Kenya, Canada, Great Britain, and the Pacific Northwest and Midwest regions of the United States. An ongoing area of interest for her is the role of religion and faith in conservation, and she is a member of the SCB Religion and Conservation Biology Working Group (RCBWG).


Tapley, B., Michaels, C.J., Gumbs, R., Bohm, M., Luedtke, J., Pearce-Kelly, P., Rowley, J.J.L. (2018) The disparity between species description and conservation assessment: A case study in taxa with high rates of species discovery. Biological Conservation.

Juffe-Bignoli D, Brooks TM, Butchart SHM, Jenkins RB, Boe K, Hoffmann M, Angulo A, Bachman S, Böhm M, Brummitt N, Carpenter KE, Comer PJ, Cox N, Cuttelod A, Darwall WRT, Di Marco M, Fishpool LDC, Goettsch B, Heath M, Hilton-Taylor C, Hutton J, Johnson T, Joolia A, Keith DA, Langhammer PF, Luedtke J, Lughadha EN, Lutz M, May I, Miller RM, Oliveira-Miranda M, Parr M, Pollock CM, Ralph G, Rodríguez JP, Rondinini C, Smarth J, Stuart S, Symes A, Tordoff AW, Woodley S, Young B, Kinston N (2016) Assessing the cost of global biodiversity and conservation knowledge. PLoS One 11: e0160640.