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Fiona Danks

Head of Programme, Science | Senior Management Team

Fiona’s role is to support the Science Programme, develop fundraising efforts, network and collaborate both within and beyond UNEP-WCMC, and contribute directly to scientific projects. She joined the Centre in February 2014 and looks forward to developing projects and ideas, and strengthening the Science Programme.

Previous experience & expertise

Fiona’s scientific expertise is in ecological spatial assessment and modelling using Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing. She has focused on resource development and climate change impacts, often in the Polar regions. Her previous professional experience includes: being Station Manager of the Norwegian Polar Institute’s Research Station in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard; Research Scientist at Norut and NPI, Tromsø, Norway; Environmental Specialist with Environmental Research & Assessment, Cambridge, UK; and Wildlife Ecologist at Rescan, Vancouver, Canada. Fiona obtained an MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge; a PhD in Polar Studies, at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge; a Masters in Biology from the University of Fairbanks; and a Bachelors in Geography & Environmental Biology from Dartmouth College, NH, USA.