Amber is a professor at Michigan State University in the Fisheries and Wildlife department. She teaches marine conservation and management classes as well as genetics, evolution, and ecology.
Her previous research has taken her to Fiji, the Great Barrier Reef, Solomon Islands, Hawaii, and the Bahamas. She is most interested in helping students find ways to experience ocean ecosystems firsthand and teaching them about the importance of the keeping the ocean healthy.
Petronel started in the Endangered Species Protection Unit of the South African Police Service and now runs the largest rhino orphanage in the world. She has developed best practices for the capture, care, and management of wildlife and was recently named one of the most inspirational woman in conservation across Africa.
Her work has helped improve wound care for rhino calves, develop a better milk replacement formula, and increase success of rhinos who are returned to the wild.
Elizke and her team have developed a novel approach to train young cheetah cubs to learn to hunt and to avoid predators so that the cubs can eventually be released into the wild and survive.
They have successfully released cubs that have survived and had their own completely wild cubs, contributing to having more wild cheetahs in Africa.
Mike and his management team have taken former farmland and made it a thriving wildlife reserve which boasts free ranging members of all the “Big Five”. In addition, data is collected daily that helps ecologists and conservation biologists understand behavior, physiology, and biological needs of the organisms.
Mike is also a partner in pioneering efforts to use contraception for elephants so that the population is kept at an ideal number to provide an ecological balance for all the organisms in the reserve.
Calum is the first marine biologist to study the movements of sharks and other marine megafauna off the coast of Mozambique. His efforts are helping to decide locations of marine protected areas and to help restore shark populations.
Trophic ecology studies using nitrogen isotopes are improving our understanding of the food web in Mozambique. In addition, Calum works on monitoring coral reef health and the impact of nurseries in mangrove areas.