Janette Wallis is currently the Vice President for Conservation of the International Primatological Society and serves as co-Vice Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission’s Primate Specialist Group’s Africa Section. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the journal African Primates, the Primate Specialist Group’s journal devoted to the nonhuman primates of Africa, and co-authored (with Anne Russon) the book Primate Tourism: A Tool for Conservation? in 2014.
Janette serves on the Board of Directors for Kids Saving the Rainforest, a primate sanctuary in Costa Rica, and on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Plastic Pollution Coalition. She was just elected in to the Society for Conservation Biology’s Africa Section as well.
Her previous professional experiences include Coordinator of Chimpanzee Research, Gombe Stream Research Centre (1990-1994), founding faculty member of American University of Nigeria (2005-2009), and teaching field courses in Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.
Janette is the director of the Kasokwa Forest Project in a small forest fragment in Uganda that is home to chimpanzees, baboons, and several other species of primates and other wildlife. Work at the site focuses on behavioral ecology, reproduction, community conservation, and human-wildlife interactions. She earned my Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary program combining zoology, psychology, and anthropology from the University of Oklahoma, where she currently teaches wildlife conservation courses.