Tropical ecology, wildlife conservation, African forest ecology, Surveys, Monitoring, Elephants, Gorillas, Forest
Dr Maisels completed her PhD on the ecology of mouflon in Cyprus (Edinburgh University) in 1988, and has since worked in the Central African tropical forest region. She is a conservation scientist and advises WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) on surveys and monitoring in Central Africa. Her expertise covers survey methodologies, wildlife abundance and distribution, wildlife ecology and protected area management. She has published over 55 peer-reviewed papers and over 35 book chapters, mostly on wildlife conservation in Africa. Posts held in the past and to date include: membership of the Scientific Commission of UNEP-GRASP (Great Apes Survival Partnership) 2007-2014, IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group 2007- present; IUCN Great Ape Section Executive Committee 2013-present; IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group (Data Working Group) 2011-present; and IUCN Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group 2017- present. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 2013. She was an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh 1989-2007, and has been an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Stirling 2008-present, specifically in the African Forest Ecology Group.