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University of Stirling


Dr Liz Williamson

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Psychology University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Liz Williamson

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About me

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 Cameroun (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 6 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 have produced a number of great ape conservation action plans (see published by the Primate Specialist Group, and am Series Editor of the IUCN Best Practice guidelines for great ape conservation ( I am also the IUCN Red List Authority Coordinator for all great ape taxa (bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, gorillas and orangutans).

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