Since 1 July 2004, BCTF has been housed at the Washington, DC office of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which we share with WCS's Federal Affairs and Conservation Finance programs. BCTF has relied on the expertise of WCS field scientists, zoo educators, and government and public affairs personnel since our inception, especially the Hunting and Wildlife Trade program.
Between 1 January 2000 and 30 June 2004, BCTF was hosted by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) in Silver Spring, MD. AZA provided two office spaces and an overwhelming amount of logistical and development support through the departments of finance and administration, public affairs, government affairs, development and marketing, conservation education, and conservation and science. AZA played a pivotal role in the formation and success of BCTF, as outlined in the BCTF History.
The daily operations are managed by three regular full-time staff (see below). In addition, we work with numerous volunteers both in and outside our Supporting Member organizations - and consistently receive the highly valued time and input from our hundreds of colleagues in the field.
BCTF Director, Dr. Heather E. Eves
Heather has directed the BCTF collaborative since 2000 and is a wildlife biologist who has studied and worked in Africa since 1985. She holds a Doctorate of Forestry and Environmental Studies (2006) from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her dissertation research included studies on the subsistence and commercial bushmeat trade in logging and non-logging communities of northern Congo (Brazzaville) and used a policy sciences approach to evaluate both field conservation efforts as well as the BCTF collaborative. She holds a Master of Science (1994) in Wildlife Science with a minor in Experimental Statistics from New Mexico State University.
Her thesis work, supported by a Fulbright scholarship, focused on gamebird hunting and management including work with Maasai communities in Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Science (1986) in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire. In addition to her research, she has been involved with the development of wildlife education programmes for African children and adults as the Coordinator of the William Holden Wildlife Education Center in Nanyuki, Kenya and was a Peace Corps Volunteer (Science and English Secondary School Teacher) where she worked extensively with the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya. Heather is also Co-Director of the Sangha River Network - a professional and academic research network based at Yale University, Council on African Studies. The SRN is focused on conservation issues related to the tri-national region of Central Africa where Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, and the Central African Republic meet and include the three protected areas of Lac Lobéké, Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, and Dzanga Sangha. Heather is a member of The Society for Conservation Biology, The Wildlife Society of the US as well as the IUCN/SSC Antelope and Subsection on Great Apes of the Primate Specialist Group.
BCTF Assistant Director, Natalie Bailey
Natalie Bailey, BCTF Assistant Director (and former Program Coordinator), holds an MS in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland and a BS in Biology with a minor in French from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She joined BCTF in February 2000 as a volunteer while working on her scholarly paper for her degree, then served as an intern from June-December 2000. Natalie has served as an educator in a variety of formats. Following her undergraduate degree, she worked as an outreach and education consultant to a national women’s organization. During her master’s program, Natalie taught classes in anatomy and physiology. In 1999, Natalie served as coordinator for the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots National College Summit. From January to April 2001, Natalie volunteered for Roots & Shoots in Tanzania, developing a series of lessons for community-based bushmeat education. Natalie's BCTF priorities include bushmeat education (for Africa's regional wildlife colleges, and for the public in Africa and the US); outreach, media and raising awareness; linkages between governments, NGOs and the private sector; and identification of protein and economic alternatives to bushmeat. In 2005-2006, Natalie was a member of the pilot class of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leadership program, which provides training and hands-on experience for up-and-coming wildlife conservation leaders. Natalie has run the Marine Corps Marathon three times, enjoys knitting and spends time volunteering for local organizations.
Graduate Intern, Emily Kennedy
Emily helps update IMAP references along with various administration duties. She is working on her Masters in Global Environmental Policy through the School for International Service at American University. Her focus is on the international illegal wildlife trade, concentrating on the pet and tourist market. Previously she worked for the Development Department at Defenders of Wildlife, interned at the Jane Goodall Institute, and worked as a field assistant in Costa Rica studying white-faced capuchin monkeys. After her studies, she plans on returning to the NGO world to further advocate for stronger policies and enforcement regarding the illegal wildlife trade.