PJ Stephenson

Chair IUCN SSC Species Monitoring Specialist Group

Role: CCI collaborative projects, Project team member


I am a Senior Advisor, Monitoring in the IUCN Science & Knowledge Unit in Gland, Switzerland, and chair of the IUCN SSC Species Monitoring Specialist Group (www.speciesmonitoring.org). I work with conservation and science teams across IUCN and with its partners and members to improve the availability of biodiversity data for conservation decision-making. By building tools and capacity for data collection and use I am working to improve the monitoring of conservation projects and of threatened species, protected areas, KBAs and other sites of conservation importance.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of London and studying tenrecs in Madagascar for my PhD (University of Aberdeen), I worked for Scottish Natural Heritage in the Cairngorms, WWF in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania, and Conservation International in Côte d’Ivoire. I moved on to establish and manage elephant, great ape, rhino and bushmeat programmes for WWF’s Africa & Madagascar Programme. Between 2007 and 2016 I was WWF International’s Director of Conservation Strategy & Performance where I drove results-based management across the network.

I am also a Senior Research Fellow in the Ecosystem Management Group at ETH Zürich and a member of the IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group and the Great Ape Section of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group.