Kim is a hybrid biologist and international development professional, who has used her skills to make a measurable impact on communities through healthcare, education, and conservation initiatives. She earned her PhD from Temple University, where she focused on conservation in Madagascar and how biodiversity issues intersect with food security and socioeconomic drivers of natural resource use. She also studies the in-country ownership of pet lemurs via the Pet Lemur Survey Project (funded by National Geographic) as well as aspects of the mammalian bushmeat trade.
Kim is the Chief Executive Officer of Franklin Scholars, a social enterprise working on peer mentoring programs in British schools. She previously worked as the Senior Technical Director of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa and has served as a consultant on international development and data analysis projects. Kim volunteers for the Lemur Conservation Network and the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group. In the past, Kim's work as Executive Director of The Ladybug Project (2010 - 2013) impacted communities in two African countries.
Kim's efforts have been covered through a variety of news outlets including CNN International, National Geographic online, Scientific American online, The Guardian, and CBS radio stations. Got questions? Contact Kim here!
January 2019: Kim publishes an article in PLOS ONE on viral social media content impacts on wild animals.
December 2018: Kim joins Franklin Scholars as their new CEO.
August 2018: Kim publishes two articles on the pet trade in Madagascar.
August 2018: Kim's research mentioned in a Newsweek article.
July 2018: Kim joins The Biodiversity Consultancy as a Principal Consultant.
Spring 2018: Kim featured in the Temple University magazine for her work in Africa.
January 2018: Kim wins the Folia Primatologica AH Schultz Best Paper Award for one of her publications.
Summer 2017: Kim and colleagues have two papers accepted on the ownership and trade of pet parrots in Madagascar.
January 2017: Kim, and colleagues, interviewed in Scientific American about the drop in ring-tailed lemur populations in the wild.
January 2017: Kim leads publication of correspondence in Nature about the illegal trade of lemurs.
June 2016: Kim speaks at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi and at the World Bank WAVES Annual Partnership Meeting about the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa's work on Natural Capital Accounting.
May 2016: Kim's research on the bushmeat trade in Madagascar covered by Scientific American and Kim's research on the pet lemur trade is covered by the Epoch Times!