Amy Vedder, PhD

  • Lecturer in Forestry and Environmental Studies

Amy Vedder is an expert in conservation and ecology; she is dedicated to wildlife and wildland conservation. She is widely known for her pioneering studies of mountain gorillas in Rwanda during 1970s and co-founded the Mountain Gorilla Project. Her career includes experiences in more than 25 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the U.S working with international organizations such us Wilderness Society, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and United Nations Development Program. From 1990 to 2006, Dr. Vedder was respectively Biodiversity Program Coordinator, Director of Africa Program and Vice-President at Wildlife Conservation Society based at the Bronx Zoo in New York. She was recently Senior Vice President in Conservation at the Wilderness Society. After her career with WCS, she worked as Senior Technical Advisor, Protected Areas Biodiversity Project for two years in the United Nations Development Program. Prior to this position, she spent three years working as Senior Vice-President-Conservation at The Wilderness Society.

  • MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989
  • BA, Swarthmore College, 1973