… is a conservation ecologist. She completed a master’s at the University of Pennsylvania in conservation biology where, for her thesis, she evaluated how logging practices affected amphibian communities in the Pacific Northwest U.S. She then went on to the University of California, Davis, for her doctorate in conservation ecology. For her dissertation research, she explored questions about patterns of hunting and the effects of hunting and logging on wildlife communities using remote video cameras in Central America. She has completed the Conservation Field Techniques course at Smithsonian’s Conservation and Research Center. In addition, she has researched foraging of ducks in polluted waters of Alaska; participated in an expedition to survey wildlife in the Western Desert, Egypt; led Earthwatch field projects in Costa Rica; and researched film content on sharks, elephants and lions in South Africa and Botswana. Most recently, Deirdre has worked in natural history media at independent production companies and National Geographic Wild on films about sharks, snakes, wild dogs, cheetah, leopards, rhino, coelacanths, the Amazon, Congo and Nile, among others. She also has acted as the expert reviewer on educational material for National Geographic natural history programming. Her research interests include how conservation and wildlife are portrayed in the media, and how the media can promote conservation awareness and efforts. She is also concerned with how threats to endangered species, including wildlife trafficking, can be mitigated.