Chase, (PhD), has been studying the ecology of
elephants in Botswana for nearly 15 years, and in 2007,
was the first Mostwana to read for a doctorate specifically
in elephant ecology.
Much of his childhood was spent in the bush accompanying
his father on safaris. Eager to conserve Africa’s
wildlife and wild places, Chase embarked on an academic
career in conservation ecology.
After earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree
from the University of Natal, he returned home to Botswana,
where he spent eight years with Conservation International
working to conserve the Okavango Delta and its rich wildlife.
It was his passion for elephants, which, in 2001, ultimately
led him to start an ambitious study on the ecology and movements
of elephants. He received his PhD from the University of
Massachusetts in natural resources and wildlife conservation.
During his studies he founded Elephants without Borders
to continue his lifelong endeavour.
Mike is continuously searching for novel and creative ideas
for progressive research, which will impact conservation
in a timely and meaningful way. He has provided new data
on the status of elephants and other wildlife identified
cross-border corridors, discovered new migration routes
and has published his work in scientific journals, magazines
and news articles. At present, he is a Conservation Postdoctoral
Research Fellow at San Diego Zoo Conservation Research.
Landen joined Mike on the project in early 2003,
together they built EWB into a successful operating organization.
Her enthusiasm for wildlife inspired her to a dedicated
career in conservation. She began as a volunteer, monitoring
and collecting data on a variety of wildlife species for
several conservation projects, as well as, worked as a naturalist/field
guide in Alaska, Central America, and South America. Kelly
is a licensed marine Captain, and crewed for several years
as part of the UNOLS fleet of oceanographic research vessels,
including Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Scripps
Institute of Oceanography. The variety of projects she has
worked with, have given her a well-rounded knowledge of
field operations, organizational skills, and logistics.
Kelly oversees all of EWB’s project operations, supervises
the office and Research Station, recruits new collaborations,
and manages public relations. She participates in most aspects
of fieldwork, is an aerial survey observer, and conducts
the photo analysis of surveys. Kelly is a professional photographer
and her work has been featured in a number of prestigious
magazines, web sites, scientific publications and journals
and news articles
Sutcliffe recently was welcomed to the EWB team
and comes with a variety of talents and experience. He has
a range of projects under his belt, operating from South
Africa to the Seychelles and has been working in Botswana
for several years already. The research projects he has
supervised or studied include a diversity of species from
bacteria, vegetation, sea life, marine turtles, marine and
terrestrial birds, meerkats to mongoose and now large herbivores
and elephants. His responsibilities include assisting in
the coordination of field research, data collection and
laboratory work and to help the collaborative student projects
and supervise staff in the field.
EWB’s field support & staff have many years of varied
bush experience. They are vital to the success of our operations
and ensure comfort and security while operating in very remote areas,
often under difficult conditions.
Tsukotsuko is much more than the “camp cook”
at the EWB Conservation Ecology Research Station. As a San,
he adds a wealth of local knowledge, being comfortable in
the bush for months on end. And despite his quiet yet personable
demeanour, Gao manages to keep the station functioning in
a professional, orderly manner.
Kakana comes from Kazangula, the 4-country border
town, where EWB has their offices. He’s the newest
member of the team but brings enthusiasm to participate
and learn about conservation. He especially enjoys his time
in the delta at the Research Station.
Ndjavera, having lived in Maun all his life, he
worked for several mobile photographic safari companies
where his love for wildlife began and through the years
learned how to work cautiously and efficiently in the bush.
Nyoni came to EWB from Zimbabwe as an experienced
farmer wanting to help in addressing escalating human-elephant
conflict, so joined us to participate with our conservation
and community outreach. Since then he has become an essential
part of the team assisting in all the field projects when
Moyo also joined EWB to help with conservation
and community outreach, but has expanded his skills in the
field to help wherever needed. What he appreciates most
being part of the EWB team is learning new things about
the wildlife he grew up with and loves participating in
Nkiwani we admirably call “lucky man”,
despite any rough conditions, he always keeps an infectious
positive attitude and adds a sense of humour to the scene.
He’s an excellent bush cook and thrives at trying
to make everyone happy.
Ntema is our office maid but provides invaluable
insight as to a local perspective on the complexity of humans
and wildlife co-existing. She lives on the edge of Kazangula
village & Forest Reserves and experiences wildlife at
her doorstep regularly. EWB has spent several nights alongside
her and the 8 children she cares for, ensuring elephants
pass her maize crop without incident!
vision supported by enthusiasm, commitment and perseverance”