1. How did you get to work on spotted hyenas/large carnivores?
    • To be honest, my focus and motivation is not the species I work with, but rather scientific questions and management issues. It just so happens that spotted hyenas (and other large carnivores) are well-suited to my research interests. But you can check my C.V. for a full record of my journey to working with such species.
  2. I am a high school/college/master’s student who wants to work with large carnivores. Do you have any advice?
    • I’m afraid this is hard to answer unless I know your academic record, financial situation, fieldwork experience, data science skills, network, and other pertinent information. Feel free to contact me if you want a more detailed reply, though I cannot guarantee a speedy answer. You can check my collaborator Alex Braczkowski’s website for some helpful guidance. Either way, I urge students to focus on topics rather than taxa – it might sound romantic to work with large carnivores, but it’s hard and tedious!
  3. Can I interview you for an article/podcast/school project?
    • Possibly! But I should mention that I no longer do interviews for free. Get in touch if you have a fee in mind or want to negotiate one.
  4. Will you give a talk or seminar at my organization’s event/symposium?
    • It depends on a few things, including your ability and willingness to pay speaking fees. Feel free to get in touch.
  5. Will you review my paper/job application/C.V./grant?
    • I can’t do your homework for you, but if you think I can provide helpful pointers on something you are applying for or a manuscript you are writing, do get in touch. At worst, I could point you to someone else who can help. If you are a non-native English speaker, I will definitely try to help you.
  6. Are you looking to advise/supervise any students?
    • Being very early in my own career, I cannot take on any students myself. I also prioritize supporting students who are African nationals or residents, especially those working in their own communities. Regardless, you can get in touch with your research interests and I can recommend potential advisors you can speak to.
  7. You talk a lot about colonial/parachute science. Why?
    • Because it’s a huge issue and is a form of modern-day colonialism – of data, expertise, and knowledge – across the Global South, especially sub-Saharan Africa. Too much scientific research is done that (i) does not involve, (ii) does not benefit, and (iii) does not interest local authorities and communities. Such exclusion and exploitation must stop. Here is a piece that eloquently explains the problem.

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