Liz has six years experience of supporting international species-related Conventions and agreements, through coordinating the implementation of projects relating to CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), the Convention on Migratory Species, and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations. This has included: the production of numerous reports and analyses; maintaining databases; and providing scientific and technical advice.
Liz has a background in ecology and biodiversity conservation and previously conducted fieldwork in East Africa and the Caribbean as well as spending two years in the rainforests of Gabon radio-tracking mandrills for her PhD. She also holds an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation and recently completed a UNITAR e-learning course in International Environmental Law.
Liz has had a major role in management, production and reviewing of numerous reports and analyses for the Scientific Review Group of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations. This included a series of reports reviewing species subject to long-standing positive opinions and reviews of species selected from the Analysis of EU Annual Reports and Analysis of CITES Export Quotas.
In this Cambridge Conservation Initiative collaborative project, Liz was involved in a systematic review of more than 30,000 scientific papers, together with partners from British Trust for Ornithology, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and Fauna and Flora International. The project investigated the key mechanisms underpinning climate change impacts on terrestrial species, and whether these mechanisms varied geographically or between taxa and habitats.
Liz had a major role in the management, planning and production of two reports produced for Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Conference of the Parties 10, which evaluated the implementation of existing CMS instruments and investigated options to strengthen the conservation contribution of CMS through, for example, geographic or taxonomic expansion of existing instruments or creation of new instruments.