Janice (Jan) Reed-Smith, M.A.
AON Director; Rubondo Otter Project team member; IUCN-SSC OSG member
Jan did her Master’s project on the habitat use and behavior of spotted-necked otters on Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania
Margherita Bandini, M.S.
AON Tech; AON Public Relations Director; AON Management Board; IUCN/SSC OSG member and Publications and Media Officer
Margherita has been working for and with otters for ten years in both research and media managing. Together with Nicole Duplaix, she has co-authored a book called “We Love Otters!”
AON Management Board; AON Education and Outreach Director; IUCN-SSC OSG Education coordinator and member
Carol has an extensive background working in education and with otters at UK zoos.
Dr. Thomas Serfass, PhD
AON Management Board; Frostburg State University; Rubondo Otter Project Head; IUCN-SSC OSG member
Tom is well known for his work on Nearctic otters as well as leading the research team looking at otters of Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania
Dr. Trevor McIntyre, PhD
AON Management Board; Mammal Research Institute; Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria
Trevor has students looking at otter issues in South Africa.
Dr. Mordecai (Mordy) Ogada, PhD
AON Advisory Member; Wetlands Policy Consultant, Kenya, IUCN-SSC OSG member
Rowan Jordaan, M.S.
AON Advisory Member; University of Pretoria (study institution), IUCN-SSC OSG member
Rowan is completing his Master’s on the Cape clawless and spotted-necked otter in South Africa.
Dr. Nicola Okes, PhD
AON Advisory Member; University of Cape Town (study institution)
Nicola did her PhD on Cape (African) clawless otters.
AON Advisory Member; AZA SCTAG Chair, Retired Director of Living Collection, Columbus Zoo, IUCN-SSC OSG member
Dusty serves as the Chair for the American Association of Zoos & Aquariums Small Carnivore Taxon Advisory Group
Dr. Klaus Koepfli, PhD
AON Advisory Member; Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, IUCN-SSC OSG member
Klaus has studied the comparative genomics and phylogenetics of otters.
Dr. Helene Jacques, DVM
AON Management Board; IUCN-SSC OSG member and co-coordinator for Africa
Helene is a veterinarian in France who has worked extensively in Central Africa on otter issues.
Dr. Hugues Akpona, PhD
AON Management Board; Congo Landscape Manager; African Wildlife Foundation; IUCN-SSC OSG member
Hugues did his PhD on spotted-necked otters in Benin.
Dr. Patrice Bada
AON Advisory Member; African Mobile Nature, Benin
Patrice works with local conservation and wildlife issues of Western Africa.
Dr. Pat Foster-Turley, PhD
AON Advisory Member; IUCN-SSC OSG member, USAID Consultant
Pat has far ranging otter expertise and was one of the founders of the IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group
Dr. Jo Thompson, PhD
AON Advisory Member; Lukuru Foundation, President/Executive Director, Democratic Republic of Congo, IUCN-SSC OSG member
Jo is a primatologist who founded the Lukuru project; she has branched out to look at the Congo clawless otter.
Dr. David Rowe-Rowe, PhD
AON Advisory Member; Retired Natal Parks Board, IUCN-SSC OSG member
David worked for 30 years as a wildlife biologist for the Natal Parks Board in South Africa and did some of the ground-breaking studies on South Africa’s otters.
Dr. Kristin Brzeski, PhD
AON Advisory Member; NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Kristin works as part of the Biodiversity Initiative team in Equatorial Guinea.
Dr. Michael Somers, PhD
AON Advisory Member; Univ. of Pretoria; IUCN-SSC OSG member and Continental Coordinator for Africa
AON Advisory Member; Director of the River Otter Ecology Project, IUCN-SSC OSG member
AON Advisory Member; Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist, Executive Director of the African Pangolin Working Group, IUCN-SSC OSG member
AON Advisory Member; National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, working on a PhD on genetics of the African clawless otter and spotted-necked otter
AON Advisory Member; PhD Candidate – Addis Ababa Uni (AAU): researching genetics and otter-human conflict issues in Lake Tana area
Benin – spotted-necked otter and fishermen conflict
Benin – University Professor, leading the otter-fishermen conflict project
AON Tanzania Outreach Coordinator; TANAPA Outreach Warden, Mt Kilimanjaro NP
AON Advisory Member; International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) Director
Grace is co-founder of IOSF and has been working on otters worldwide since 1993. She helped to organise the first sub-Saharan otter training workshop held in Tanzania in 2015