Our Team

Ecoexist Research team

Our Ecoexist Research Team includes research fellows, students, interns, visiting scholars, and professional volunteers.

The team brings interdisciplinary, international, and integrative insights to the challenge of fostering coexistence between people and elephants.

Ecoexist Students

Ecoexist PhD fellow graduates:

  • Erin Buchholtz

  • Rocio Pozo

  • Lauren Redmore

  • Susanne Vogel

  • Albertinah Matsika

Ecoexist MSc fellow graduates:

  • Moses Masake

  • Anastacia Makate

Visiting Scholars:

  • Leah Songhurst
  • Judith Walls


  • Moses Masake
  • Ogaufi Maripe
  • Ipelafatso Nkalalong
  • Patricia Mokotedi
  • Josh Markides

Professional Volunteers:

  • Maureen Songhurst (Education Advisors)
  • David Songhurst (Education Advisors)
  • Claire Botlier (Social Media Advisor)

Coalition of Advisers

In 2013, the coalition of advisors joined the Ecoexist team in the Okavango to help draft a long-term plan for reducing human-elephant conflicts.

They brought expertise and experiences from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Peru, India, England, and the U.S., and from the World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society, Amboseli Trust for Elephants, ZSL London Zoo, Cheetah Conservation Botswana, and Arcus Foundation - Great Ape Conservation, among others.