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WEC Alumni in the World - Lisa Korte

Dr. Lisa (Molloy) Korte (WEC M.S. 1997) has always been interested in international wildlife conservation and working in the field, so she in an ideal place. She works in the small town of Gamba, in the West African country of Gabon. Gamba is known for its biodiversity. Lisa is the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Gabon Biodiversity Program. She enjoys this position because it allows her to “work on a variety of activities linked to research, education, and conservation [...] I have the opportunity to work with a variety of people including interns, research assistants, scientists, faculty, as well as people working in the private sector and government.”

According to its website, the objectives of the Gabon Biodiversity Program are to:

  1. “Increase knowledge and understanding of biodiversity in the Gamba landscape through research on species and habitats of conservation concern;
  2. Apply scientific research, conservation, and best management practices to minimize the impact of development on biodiversity;
  3. Increase local capacity to manage and develop natural resources sustainably;
  4. Raise the awareness of the value of Gabon’s biodiversity; and
  5. Foster partnerships with diverse stakeholders to support biodiversity conservation for sustainable development.”
  6. “My master's degree at UF gave me a solid base in wildlife ecology and conservation as well as African studies,” says Dr. Korte. “My time at UF was an important stepping stone in my professional career, allowing me to develop my expertise and work with skilled faculty and students.”

Before she came to UF, Lisa earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences at Cornell University. She then spent two and a half years in the Peace Corps, working in the country of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). She went on to work for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Africa Program, based at the Bronx Zoo. After completing her master’s degree here at UF under the advisement of Dr. Melvin Sunquist, Lisa completed her PhD in Zoology at Michigan State University.

“My master's degree at UF gave me a solid base in wildlife ecology and conservation as well as African studies,” says Dr. Korte. “My time at UF was an important stepping stone in my professional career, allowing me to develop my expertise and work with skilled faculty and students.”

To learn more about the Smithsonian Institution’s Gabon Biodiversity Program, visit:
http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/Collaborative-Research-Initiatives/Gabon-Biodiversity-Program.cfm