Véronique Couttee

Conservation Scientist, Birder, Storyteller & Social Butterfly

My journey as a conservation scientist started on my tropical paradise island, Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. For 5 years, I worked as a wildlife biologist on the rugged terrain of Mauritius, in the conservation of critically endangered species. In 2018, I relocated to the United States, as a Fulbright scholar, to complete my master’s in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy at the University at Albany. I am currently working as an Enterprise GIS Dangermond fellow with the National Audubon Society.

My expertise lies in conservation project management, endangered avian species field research, and the use of technological tools such as GIS mapping and storytelling capabilities to empower marginalized communities in the fight against environmental injustice. As an environmental leader, I leverage the knowledge and network I have created in the United States and in the Mascarene islands to provide measurable and concrete environmental actions and solutions.

My research in environmental leadership coupled with my work experience as a wildlife biologist allow me to operate at the intersection between technology, policy, entrepreneurship, and science. My work is focused on finding solutions to complex and transboundary environmental issues. This work is achieved through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the environmental sector

Through my blogs, mentorship, and interviews, I have influenced local and international emerging leaders to follow their passion for environmental conservation. My vision is to create a community where science is accessible to all and where everyone can become the community scientist they have the potential to be.

Banding of a Mauritius paradise flycatcher in Combo National park, Mauritius.

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