Charleen Gavette
Charleen is a GIS technician with the National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA. She volunteers her time with the Snow Leopard Conservancy, helping incorporate snow leopard field data into state-of-the-art habitat modeling and three-dimensional landscape maps. These maps help us identify snow leopard population hotspots and potential corridors for movement and dispersal of young animals. Charlene is also providing her technical expertise in the development of a custom computer application (APP) to facilitate wildlife monitoring and data collection by Indigenous Cultural Practitioners in a way that supports the needs of local communities as well as the goals of the Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Plan (GSLEP). See our Programs Section for details.
Jan Janečka
Dr. Jan E. Janečka serves as Director of SLC’s Genetics Research Program and currently holds an Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Biological Science at Duquesne University. His work focuses on the status and population structure of snow leopards, conservation genetics of felids, and the evolution of mammals.In the winter of 2005 he traveled to Ladakh (India) and with the Snow Leopard Conservancy conducted a pilot study examining the feasibility of estimating snow leopard distribution and abundance using noninvasive genetic techniques. This approach uses a combination of sign surveys and genetic analysis of scats to identify individuals occupying an area. The technique was shown to be very efficient for detecting snow leopards (Janecka et al. 2008. Animal Conservation), and in collaboration with in-country partners is now being used to examine the distribution and abundance of these elusive cats across Central Asia. These surveys will generate information critical for designing effective conservation actions.Dr. Janečka has a diverse background in wildlife science, having worked on projects integrating genetics, ecology, and conservation. He was a Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Fellow during both his masters and doctoral work, having studied the social structure and dispersal of bobcats at the Welder Refuge (MS in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, University of Vermont) and the effects of habitat fragmentation on genetic diversity of ocelots in Texas (Joint PhD in Wildlife Science, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Kingsville & Texas A&M University). Janecka went on to a post-doctoral position with Dr. William Murphy (Texas A&M University), focusing on phylogenetics and diversification of mammals. During this time he also developed and expanded the snow leopard genetics project, in partnership with the SLC and other important collaborators. He has traveled extensively in Asia, including Thailand, Laos, India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and Mongolia.
Margaret Gee
Snow Leopard Conservancy Special Ambassador Margaret Gee has been a journalist with ‘The Melbourne Age’, as well as an independent publisher of such authors as Nathan Pritikin, Robert Ringer, Robert Kowalski, Ralph Nader, and Lester Brown. For the past 15 years Margaret has been a boutique literary agent representing a wide range of academics and other non-fiction authors. Among her clients are Andrew Lock, the only Australian to have summited all fourteen 8000 meter peaks, Buddhist scholar Gyonpo Tshering, former National Librarian of Bhutan, and Jono Lineen, whose memoir, “Into the Heart of the Himalayas’, traces his solo trek along the length of the Western Himalayas while coming to terms with the tragic death of his brother. Margaret’s own books include a family memoir, ‘A Long Way From Silver Creek’ and the ‘Margaret Gee Media Guide’.
A keen adventure traveller, Margaret has visited Bhutan six times, and trekked in North Yemen, New Zealand, Alaska, Canada and Nepal. She has a great personal interest in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband Brent.