Conservation Biology Masters Students (2017-18)

Caitlin Kelly

Caitlin Kelly


Born and raised in New Jersey, Caitlin has been working in wildlife conservation for the past five years. Before starting her degree at UCT, Caitlin worked in Washington D.C. as a Foundation Relations Manager for Defenders of Wildlife, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of North American biodiversity. She focused on the strategic development of foundation and corporate giving to support field projects across the country, from reducing human-wildlife conflict to strengthening key environmental safeguards such as the Endangered Species Act. In 2016, Caitlin graduated from the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program, a two-year course focused on capacity building, skills training and the implementation of a wildlife conservation campaign. Through this program, Caitlin worked with Giraffe Conservation Foundation in Namibia to implement an international media campaign and launch a first of its kind investigation into the impacts of trade on giraffe populations. Caitlin’s passion for African wildlife and wild places was fostered during a year abroad in 2010 when she worked for a wide variety of environmental initiatives while traveling from the Norwegian Arctic to South Africa. Caitlin graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in Foreign Affairs and Religious Studies.

Investigating the hidden costs of livestock guarding dogs and the diet of a sympatric predator in Namaqualand, South Africa. (Supervisors: Justin O'Riain, Kristine Teichman, Marine Drouilly)