Improving the Practice of Conservation


Arlyne Johnson

Arlyne joined the FOS team in May 2011 after leading field research and conservation programs for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Latin America and Asia since 1988. From 1998 to 2011, she worked as the Co-Director of the WCS Country Program in Laos responsible for establishing and training a technical team to support the government on wildlife and protected area management projects, including the development of the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area as a model for tiger conservation in Indochina. She also led projects to design and train staff in monitoring programs to evaluate and adapt wildlife recovery and human-elephant conflict avoidance activities. Before that, Arlyne led a multidisciplinary team in Papua New Guinea to test the impact of enterprise-based incentives on community-based management of biodiversity. Arlyne also spent several years in Ecuador conducting biological surveys in the Amazon basin and studying the effects of land use zoning and hunting by indigenous communities on the conservation of curassows and guans. Arlyne holds a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources, with a specialization in wildlife management in tropical ecosystems and a M.Sc. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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