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Dr Liz Williamson

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Psychology Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Liz Williamson

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I completed my Ph.D. thesis on the ''Behavioural ecology of western lowland gorillas in Gabon" at Stirling in 1988. Since then, I have worked in the forests of Cameroon (Dja), Central African Republic (Bangassou), Democratic Republic of Congo (Kahuzi-Biega), Gabon (Lopé), Liberia (Sapo) and Rwanda (Nyungwe and Volcanoes). I was director of the Karisoke Research Centre for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International for six years (1996–2001) and Vice Chair of the Section on Great Apes of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group for 10 years (2005–2015). I edited a series of IUCN Best Practice guidelines for great ape conservation (, and I am the IUCN Red List Authority Coordinator for all great ape taxa (bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans).

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