Meet Our Team

Oversight Team

The team that provides logistical and scientific support for the ISL network as a whole

Mrinalini Watsa

PhD in Biological Anthropology; Expertise: Conservation Genetics, Biodiversity Monitoring, Field Genomics

Caroline Moore

DVM, PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology Veterinary Toxicology, Epigenetics, Biomarker Development

Gideon Erkenswick

PhD in Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Disease Ecology, Gene Regulation, Wildlife Community Ecology

Regional Stakeholders

The team that leads ISL in-country programs


DVM, Founder and Executive Director of the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association

Cao Tien Trung

PhD in Biology, Director of Institute of Biology, Chemistry and Environment at Vinh University; Ecology, Evolution and Herpetology

Patricia Mendonza

DVM, PhD in Biology
Disease risks of wildlife tracking, global health

Hung Vu Khac

DVM, PhD in Microbiology
Director of Institute of Veterinary Research and Development of central Vietnam

Key Personnel

The team that provides strategic and technical support

Aaron Erkenswick

Data Systems Integration and Development

Jenny Chen

PhD in Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics; Genomics Pipeline Development

Pamela Sanchez Vendizu

Programa de Doctorado en Ciencias mención Ecología y Evolución, Universidad Austral de Chile; Database Management

Thomas Parsons

PhD in molecular biology, population genetics, and forensics research

Field and Laboratory Researchers

The team that is actively working at one or more hubs to accomplish community-driven biosurveillance

Cristian Tirapelle

DVM, Wildlife Health Management and Care; Head Veterinarian, Field Projects International

Pascal Hishamunda

DVM, Wildlife Health Management and Care, Conservation Genetics

Jhakelin Reyes

MSc in Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Evolution at Imperial College London, UK

Gabriela Caceres Palomino

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (EECB), Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary

Zane Libke​

Lab Director, Centro de Investigación Sumak Kawsay In Situ Associate Investigator, National Institute of Biodiversity - Ecuador Field Manager, Field Projects International; Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Imperial College London, UK

ISL Coordinators and Contributors