Rebecca Foster, PhD

Country Director, Belize Jaguar Program

Based in Belize, Rebecca (Becci) Foster is the Country Director for Panthera’s Belize Jaguar Corridor Program.

In collaboration with Dr. Bart Harmsen at the University of Belize’s Environmental Research Institute, the Belize Forest Department and the University Of Southampton (UK Darwin Initiative), Becci’s research includes the investigation of the connectivity of jaguar populations and the viability of habitats for Panthera’s jaguar corridor within central Belize. Becci also works with the Belize Livestock Producers Association and the Ministry of Agriculture to improve local rancher’s livestock management and to reduce human-jaguar conflict.

Becci previously spent four years living in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary studying aspects of jaguar and puma coexistence within the reserve and in surrounding unprotected landscapes. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and her Master of Science in Integrated Biosciences from Oxford University. She then went on to earn her Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Southampton and wrote her dissertation on jaguar ecology within human landscapes. Before moving to Belize, Becci worked in the United Kingdom studying a range of British animals, including mice, voles, mink, otters and badgers, through Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU).

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