This is a large partnership involving many people within institutions in the UK and the Caribbean.
Jeff Dawson (Amphibian Programme Manager and MCRP co-ordinator)
Jeff has been at Durrell since July 2013 and manages Durrell’s Saving Amphibians From Extinction – SAFE Programme based in their Bath office, UK. As part of this role he also acts as coordinator of the Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme. Prior to joining Durrell, Jeff spent a number of years undertaking biodiversity survey and conservation work in, amongst other places, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea and Montserrat.
Matt Morton (Caribbean Programme Manager)
Matt was Project Leader on the 2010 Montserrat Darwin Initiative project. Matt has been based in St Lucia with Durrell since 2001 working on various conservation projects both locally and in the wider Caribbean region. Matt’s job is to manage the project from St. Lucia with frequent visits to Montserrat ensuring the delivery of all major activities and to provide guidance and support to the team in Montserrat.
Ben Tapley (Curatour, Herpetology)
Benjamin Tapley is a conservation biologist and Curator of Herpetology at the Zoological Society of London. Ben’s primary interests include the conservation breeding and captive management of amphibians. Ben is the chair of the BIAZA Reptile and Amphibian Working Group and Facilitator of the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group, Captive Breeding WG. Ben has been working on the mountain chicken programme for 10 years both at Durrell, ZSL and on Dominica.
Luke Harding (Senior Keeper, Herpetology)
Luke Harding is a Senior Herpetologist at the Zoological Society of London. Luke has been involved with the mountain chicken recovery programme for the last 5 years and has worked with the species both in-situ in the projects in Montserrat and Dominica. Luke contributed to the ex-situ conservation of this species at Chester Zoo and now continues this work at ZSL London Zoo.
Mike Hudson (PhD student)
Mike Hudson is a PhD student on the mountain chicken programme with the Zoological Society of London, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and University of Kent. Mike’s PhD research focusses on the emergence and continued impact of chytridiomycosis in the mountain chicken and novel mitigation strategies for the disease in the wild. Mike has been working on the mountain chicken programme for 4 years on both Dominica and Montserrat.
Dr.Christopher Michaels (Senior Keeper, Herpetology)
Chris completed a doctorate in amphibian ex-situ conservation at the University of Manchester in 2014 and has since worked in the Herpetology Section at ZSL London Zoo. He is mainly focused on amphibians, including mountain chickens, and leads or supports a number of conservation, captive husbandry and field science research projects.
DOE (Department of Environment, Montserrat)
Lloyd Martin (Mountain Chicken Project Coordinator)
‘Lloydie’ has been working with the forestry department for over 16 years and has been walking in the forest all his life. As forest technician within the DOE Lloydie is responsible for managing the forestry work programme and supervising the forestry staff. Lloydie has also worked on many projects on island with a variety of NGO’s and was largely involved with both other Darwin Initiative projects completed in Montserrat. Lloydie’s position within this project as research officer means he works closely with Sarah-Louise in the management of the project research elements such as the collection and management of data, providing technical and logistical support on island and reporting and liaising with project partners and technical experts.
Calvin ‘Blacka’ Fenton (Field Surveyor)
‘Blacka’ has been contracted by the project as primary field assistant due to his extensive knowledge and commitment to both the Centre Hills and the mountain chicken on Montserrat. Blacka has been working with Durrell in studying the mountain chicken since 2003 and continues to demonstrate his skill in spotting, catching and handling the frogs during the fieldwork elements of this project. In addition to working directly with the released mountain chickens, Blacka leads regular searches for this critically endangered species around many areas of the island and remains the most experienced tree frog catcher during the chytrid monitoring surveys. Whether it’s birds, medicinal plants, food of the forest or most importantly frogs, Blacka is our man.
FWDP (Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division, Dominica)
Kristofer Försäter (Head Amphibian Keeper)
Kristofer is the head amphibian keeper at Nordens Ark, Sweden. He is running the day to day maintenance and captive management of the ex-situ mountain chicken frogs at Nordens Ark. He has a wide experience in both keeping and breeding several rare amphibians in captivity for conservation purposes. Aside from the mountain chicken frogs, this also includes the European green toad and the lemur leaf frog.
Emma Nygren (Conservation Officer)
Emma is the conservation officer and project coordinator for in-situ conservation programs. Emma has a MSc in conservation biology and a long experience of working as an animal keeper. She is currently managing all of Nordens Arks international conservation commitments which ranges from mountain chicken frogs in the Caribbean to snow leopards and Pallas’s cats in Mongolia.