Native Belizean, Emma Sanchez, serves as a Field Scientist for Panthera’s Belize Jaguar Program. Emma received a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Belize in 2011. Having previously completed an internship with the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) for the Belize Large Mammal Corridor Project, Emma was later hired by Panthera to carry out a jaguar population survey in Belize’s Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Currently, Emma serves as a junior wildlife biologist with ERI and in her role with Panthera, helps to conduct camera trap surveys monitoring jaguar and jaguar prey populations in the Central Belize Corridor and the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Emma additionally works alongside Panthera’s Research Fellow, Dr. Bart Harmsen, to oversee the jaguar conservation work of Panthera’s partners in the Southern Belize Corridor.