About me

Picture by Joan de la Malla @JoandelaMalla (http://www.joandelamalla.com/es/)
Picture by Joan de la Malla @JoandelaMalla (http://www.joandelamalla.com/es/)

   PhD student at the Global Change and Conservation group (GCC) and a student member of the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), University of Helsinki. Member of the Hyaena Specialist Group from the IUCN Species Survival Commission and a National Geographic Explorer. My main interest concerns human-hyena conflict. Through my PhD, I take an interdisciplinary approach to understand human-hyena interactions by investigating local attitudes and perceptions towards spotted hyenas, and identify the aspects of spotted hyena ecology that are associated with the conflict (e.g., animal movement, activity rhythm, stress hormone levels and diet across anthropogenic gradients). Most of the fieldwork is conducted in Sibiloi National Park and LaikipiaKenya.

I completed my MSc in Conservation and Management of Biodiversity at the University of Barcelona in 2012. I was a guest researcher at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. My interest in human-wildlife interactions have taken me around the world from tropical rainforests to arid deserts, enabling me to work with   olive Ridley sea turtles (Costa Rica), common woolly monkeys (Ecuador), meerkats and Damaraland mole-rats (South Africa), large predators (Botswana), chacma baboons (Namibia) and spotted hyenas (Kenya). My interest in conservation has grown along with the ever-increasing conflicts between humans and wildlife.