Carnivore Conservancy Staff


 Photo © 2008 T. Faulkner

Photo © 2008 T. Faulkner

Channing Hughes

founder, executive director AND RESEARCHER

Channing began his work in wildlife conservation as a midlife career change after studying English and French (B.A. Yale, M.A. University of California) and then working for two decades in the corporate world, mostly at Apple. He holds master’s degrees in conservation biology (Victoria University of Wellington) and wildlife management (University of Sydney), and will complete his Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Sydney in early 2018. Channing established our flagship research program, working with Tasmanian devils and quolls, in 2012, and founded The Carnivore Conservancy in 2015.



Chris is an eminent ecologist and holds a Professorship in Terrestrial Ecology at the University of Sydney. He is the recipient of dozens of major grants and awards, including New South Wales Scientist of the Year and a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council. He has written, co-written or edited over 20 books and over 400 scientific articles and is regularly invited to speak at conferences worldwide. His ecological research in the Simpson Desert in southwestern Queensland is among the longest-running field research programs in Australia, with uninterrupted surveying since 1990.

 Photo © 2013 C. Hughes

Photo © 2013 C. Hughes



As you might guess from his name, Jean-François hails from France, where he received his B.Sc. in biology (University of Besançon) and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in zoology (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris). He has held postdoctoral research fellowships in France and Germany, researching the genetics of African and Eurasian rodents varying in size from mice to beavers, and has worked with Tasmanian devils and spotted-tailed quolls since 2013. His fieldwork experience spans four continents and more than two decades.



A native of Hobart, Tasmania, Colette trained as a veterinarian (B.V.Sc. Hons.) at the University of Queensland. After five years in private veterinary practice, she joined the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, where she worked for eight years, focusing on the health of captive and wild devils. Other conservation experience includes five months on Macquarie Island studying the reproductive physiology of elephant seals, and five months at sea aboard the Sea Shepherd ships MV Sam Simon and MV Bob Barker. Colette is a keen environmentalist and promotes habitat preservation as a key wildlife protection strategy.