Staff

Hugo Rainey
Senior Technical Advisor - Seascape
Hugo Rainey has been studying wildlife since a very young age and has worked in many parts of Africa and Asia. He has a particular love for African birds and mammals and has surveyed them across the continent. Hugo completed his PhD on the interactions of African hornbills with predators and primates at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Following this, he started work for WCS as director of Lac Télé Community Reserve which lies in the world’s largest swamp forest in Republic of Congo. During his four years in the swamps he was a leading member of the WCS team which found over 125,000 gorillas in northern Congo. After this he led management of the Northern Plains landscape in Cambodia for WCS for four years. Most recently, Hugo spent two years with The Biodiversity Consultancy in Cambridge providing strategic advice to some of the world’s largest companies. This has included supporting mitigation of impacts of extractive industry projects on biodiversity across Africa and developing policy on corporate best practice for biodiversity management. Hugo has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers on the conservation and ecology of wildlife and habitats in Africa and Asia. His scientific background as well as his practical skills are important components of the experience he brings to WCS as a Conservationist.
James Watson
Director, Science and Research Initiative
James is an Associate Professor Fellow at University of Queensland and Director of Science and Research Initiative at the Wildlife Conservation Society. For the past six years, James has directed WCS’s climate change program, leading the planning and implementation of climate adaptation and REDD+ projects throughout WCS’s landscape, seascape, and species conservation programs. He currently serves on the leadership committee for the Science for Nature and People (SNAP) Initiative, the International Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Data and Knowledge Task Force, and was chair of the IUCN’s climate change specialist group. James was recently elected the global president of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is the director the Green Fire Science research group (www.greenfirescience.com) whose mission is to do applied research that is linked directly to the practice of conservation. in 2004 where, funded by a Rhodes Scholarship, he explored the effects of habitat fragmentation on birds in Madagascar and Australia. James is the current President-elect of the Society of Conservation Biology; Chair of the IUCN’s Climate Change Specialist Group; an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia; an editor of four conservation journals (Conservation Biology, Diversity and Distributions, Scientific Reports, and Pacific Conservation Biology); and he has published more than 80 peer-reviewed and popular articles on conservation-related issues.
Joshua Joash Mabonga
Carnivore Research Officer
Joshua Joash Mabonga is the Carnivore Research Officer to overseeing WCS Uganda's carnivore conservation program in Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park
Miguel Leal
Climate Smart and Inclusive Green Growth Advisor
Miguel managed the REDD+ projects in the Albertine Rift region, working in Uganda, Rwanda and eastern DR Congo. He is currently the Climate smart and inclusive green growth Advisor for WCS Africa program
Moses Nyago
REDD Senior Project Officer
Mustapha Nsubuga
Field assistant Queen Elizabeth Lions
Paul Hatanga
Project Coordinator
Paul Hatanga serves as Project Coordinator at WCS.
Paul Mulondo
Project Coordinator, USAID/Africa Biodiversity Collaborative group
Paul Mulondo serves as Project Coordinator, USAID/Africa Biodiversity Collaborative group at WCS.
Peter Bisimbeko Nsubuga
GIS & IT Technician
Phillip Kihumuro
REDD Community Conservation Development Officer
Phillip Kihumuro serves as REDD Community Conservation Development Officer at the Wildlife Conservation Society Uganda

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