Dr Benoît Goossens, Scientific Advisor

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Benoît Goossens is the Director of the Danau Girang Field Centre in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, a research and training facility co-managed by Sabah Wildlife Department and Cardiff University. He is also a Senior Research Associate at Cardiff University and he has more than 15 years of experience in the field of conservation genetics, having carried out projects on the population genetics of Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, and Bornean elephant in South-East Asia, giant and red pandas in China, chimpanzees and forest elephant in central Africa, black rhinoceros in Zimbabwe and Kenya. He has published more than 40 scientific papers in the field of conservation genetics.

Benoît Goossens holds a PhD in biology from University of Grenoble, France. His research interests are in conservation biology and the related fields of molecular ecology and behavioural ecology. At the Danau Girang Field Centre, he currently leads projects on biodiversity responses to habitat fragmentation and degradation.

Benoît Goossens is a member of the IUCN SSC Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group and of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, Great Ape Section. He is also the Editor in Chief for Conservation Genetics Resources and an Associate Editor for BMC Genetics.