2nd International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference

Workshop Facilitators


Stefano Canessa, post-doctoral fellow at Ghent University

Stefano is an FWO post-doctoral fellow in the Wildlife Health research group at Ghent University, Belgium. His research focuses on demographic and epidemiological modelling and decision-making for endangered species management, particularly disease mitigation and conservation translocations of amphibians. He has been involved in species recovery plans in Europe and Oceania, ranging from frogs and turtles to birds and bats.


Sarah Converse, Unit Leader of the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Sarah is an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) and the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS) at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research program is built around two themes – quantitative population ecology of endangered species and decision analysis applications in endangered species management.


Jamie Copsey, Director of Training for the IUCN Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG)

Jamie has worked as a professional trainer and facilitator in the field of conservation biology for more than 16 years and also lectures extensively around the topic of conservation management as well as publishing in an eclectic range of topics including conservation leadership, invasive species management, amphibian conservation and capacity development. In his new role with the CPSG Jamie is responsible for determining how the IUCN SSC can scale up capacity for species conservation planning globally.

John Ewen, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London

John's research focuses on reintroduction biology and threatened species recovery. He is co-chair of New Zealand’s Hihi (Stitchbird) Recovery Group and is involved in a growing number of projects including birds and mammals spanning New Zealand, Australia and Mauritius.


Axel Moehrenschlager, Chair of the IUCN SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group

Axel is motivated to amplify translation, policy integration, training, and application of the IUCN Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations to help more species, ecosystems, and people worldwide. He is the Director of Conservation & Science at the Calgary Zoo, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, and Research Associate at Oxford University where he received his PhD.


Phil Seddon, Professor of Zoology and Director of the Postgraduate Wildlife Management Program at the University of Otago

Phil has been a member of the IUCN SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG) since 1994, and Chair of the RSG Bird Section since 1998. He has been involved in the implementation of reintroduction projects for mammals, birds, and reptiles in Oceania and the Middle East, and has advised on reintroduction projects globally.


Doug Armstrong, Professor of Conservation Biology at Massey University, New Zealand

Doug has over 25 years’ experience in reintroduction biology, and has been the Oceania Chair of the IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG) since 1997. He has been directly involved in many New Zealand reintroductions, and specializes in combining experimental management with population modeling to make predictions to facilitate management decisions.