My Ph.D. research was on the behavioural ecology of western lowland gorillas at Lopé in Gabon in the 1980s. I worked in the forests of Cameroon (Dja), Central African Republic (Bangassou), Democratic Republic of Congo (Kahuzi-Biega), Liberia (Sapo) and Rwanda (Nyungwe and Volcanoes) in the 1990s and was Director of the Karisoke Research Centre in Rwanda for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International for six years, until 2002. I was Vice Chair of the Section on Great Apes (SGA) of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group (2005–2015) and have since served on the Executive Committees of both the Primate Specialist Group and the Section on Great Apes. Currently, I serve on the ARRC Task Force (https://www.arrctaskforce.org) to "reduce and restore negative impacts from energy, extractive and associated infrastructure projects on great apes", a COVID-19 working group (http://www.primate-sg.org/covid-19), and am the IUCN Red List Authority Coordinator (https://www.iucnredlist.org/assessment/authorities) for the great ape taxa: bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans.
Award for Excellence in Primate Conservation
The fifth biennial Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation Award for Excellence in Primate Conservation was given to Liz Williamson in recognition of her achievements in gorilla conservation. The Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation was established in the 1990s, and has provided more than $12 million to primate conservation projects worldwide. https://www.grantmakers.io/profiles/v0/330683174-margot-marsh-biodiversity-foundation-co-first-republic-investment-management/