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Affiliation: 
Wildlife Conservation
Title: 
Coordinator
Department: 
Biological Diversity Programs
Expertise: 
Biological Diversity

Biography

Dr. Amy Vedder is widely known for her pioneering studies of mountain gorillas in Rwanda during the late 1970s and was co-founder, along with her husband Dr. William Weber, of the Mountain Gorilla Project. She is the director and vice president of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)'s Living Landscapes Program, a new initiative geared towards balancing the needs of wildlife and people. Dr. Vedder earned her doctorate form the University of Wisconsin in 1989 and is considered an expert in tropical forest ecology with expertise in the ecology of tropical Africa. She has spent many years in field research throughout Africa, conducting wildlife surveys, inventories, overseeing projects and studying overall tropical forest ecology.