Sep 302013
 September 30, 2013

mondayseminar400Dr. Sky Alibhai and Dr. Zoe Jewell, the founders of WildTrack, a research organization for non-invasive wildlife monitoring , will be speaking on Nov 18 as part of the Monday Seminar Series from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in room 101, West Duke Building.

Sky Alibhai and Zoe Jewell will be facilitating a discussion titled: The horns of a dilemma:  Ethics and Science in Wildlife Conservation. WildTrack is a research organization whose mission is to provide consulting for, and research into, non-invasive and ethical approaches to conservation monitoring.  It has more than 20 field projects in America, Africa, Europe and Asia.  WildTrack has a very broad interdisciplinary research remit, across the fields of conservation biology, genetics, engineering and computer science, and has produced an award-winning footprint identification technique for conservation monitoring.  

Sky Alibhai and Zoe Jewell are the founders of WildTrack. Sky was raised in Uganda under Idi Amin’s rule and read for his first degree at Makerere University.  He managed to escape the regime  for Oxford University where he took a D.Phil in Animal Ecology.  In the late 1980’s he returned to Africa to undertake black rhino conservation monitoring in Zimbabwe, which led to the development of WildTrack. Zoe was raised in the UK and read for her undergraduate and master’s degrees at London University (Bachelors in Zoology/Physiology, and Master’s in Medical Parasitology) She then qualified as a Veterinarian from the University of Cambridge.  Following an interest in wildlife conservation she joined Sky on a field trip to Africa and then jointly founded WildTrack.

Now based jointly in Portugal and North Carolina, Sky and Zoe are visiting research scientists at both the JMP division of the SAS Institute, and the Nicholas School of the Environment.