Emily is a PhD student in the Wilson lab. Her primary research goal is to tackle great ape conservation by incorporating local knowledge, needs, rights and concerns. During her PhD, she will examine whether conservation projects are more effective if local people are involved in a meaningful way. Furthermore, she will explore how great ape conservation projects can be designed to benefit and empower local people.
Following a BSc in Ecology, Emily completed her honours project at UQ under the supervision of Professor Richard Fuller and Dr Angela Dean. Her project explored whether nature experiences are associated with conservation behaviour and if so, the pathways through which this might operate. After her honours Emily completed a 6 month internship with the United Nations Great Apes Survival Partnership in Nairobi, where she worked on a host of great ape conservation projects across Africa. This experience further fostered my passion for great ape conservation in developing countries.