Global CSS - United States: Indianapolis Zoo
Established in 2019, the Global Center for Species Survival team consists of seven conservation experts with a taxonomic or thematic focus, a behaviour change specialist, a public relations specialist and a director. Current team members include Monika Böhm (freshwater), Cátia Canteiro (plants & fungi), Sérgio Henriques (invertebrates), Samuel Ivande (birds), Julia Geschke (amphibians & reptiles), Kelly Griese (PR) and Bill Street (director). The Global Center’s goal is to provide effective support to the SSC network to accelerate the progress from conservation risk assessment and action planning to concrete interventions that will save species. The Global Center also dramatically expanded the capacity to establish and foster partnerships, in particular between SSC Specialist Groups, taxon advisory groups, individual zoos and aquariums and with Association level programs such as AZA’s SAFE.
Supporting the Species Conservation
Support IUCN SSC Specialist Groups in achieving their targets and goals to save species
The Global Center team supports IUCN SSC Specialist Groups in a variety of ways. From contributing to species assessments and hosting webinars and workshops, to supporting the development of new specialist groups and recruiting new members. We also contribute content to the IUCN SSC’s “one-stop-shop” resource site for SSC members, Specialist Groups and Centers for Species Survival.
Communicate the work of the IUCN SSC to a wide audience
Through the Global Center website, social media, traditional media and direct communication with Specialist Group members, the Global Center team spreads the word about the incredible conservation work of the IUCN SSC to a global audience, utilizing the expertise of our Conservation Coordinators.
Connect Specialist Groups with the IUCN SSC and across the wider conservation world
The Global Center team connects Specialist Groups through workshops, webinars, assessments and publications.
Meet our team
Plants and Fungi Coordinator. With more than 10 years of experience working on the conservation of plants and fungi, Cátia’s career began with conservation planning and action, including environmental impact assessments, monitoring studies and the restoration of temporary ponds.
Birds Coordinator. Sam is a conservation biologist and educator who most recently served as Research and Teaching Director at the foremost conservation and ornithology training institute in west Africa –the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute at the University of Jos in Plateau, Nigeria.
Reptile and Amphibian Coordinator. Julia has worked with a variety of wildlife species and conservation organisations. She brings her experience with herpetofauna along with expertise in conservation funding, policy, and geospatial analysis to her role at the Global Center.
Communications Coordinator. Kelly is an energetic advocate for the natural world. As the public relations specialist for the Global Center for Species Survival, she is tasked with helping the public understand the complexities of conservation.