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Susan Lieberman, Ph.D
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Dr. Susan Lieberman has worked in international biodiversity conservation, at the intersection between science and policy, for more than 25 years. She is currently the Executive Director of Conservation Policy for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), where she works to direct WCS policy engagement in multiple intergovernmental fora in support of WCS’ conservation programs to conserve wildlife and wild places, working closely with governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGO partners, and others. Prior to joining WCS, she worked as Senior Director, International Policy at the Pew Charitable Trusts, focusing on regional fisheries management organizations, CITES, and other intergovernmental organizations, including the UN, to provide science-based research and policy analysis to ensure the sustainability of marine species and ecosystems.

From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Lieberman was the Director of the Species Programme of WWF-International, based in Europe. She led all programmatic, scientific, and communications aspects of work on endangered and threatened species at the global level, as well as all international policy issues pertaining to species conservation, including international wildlife trade. She directed WWF programs on the conservation of species of international conservation concern, including tigers, African and Asian elephants, African and Asian rhinos, giant pandas, African and Asian great apes, whales, marine turtles, and polar bears. She also directed WWF’s science-based policy and advocacy pertaining to several international treaties, including CITES. She worked for the US Government at the US Fish and Wildlife Service (including as Chief of the Scientific Authority) from 1990-2001. She conducted postdoctoral research on tortoises in Mexico and on prosimians. Her Ph.D. research at the University of Southern California focused on tropical ecology and amphibians and reptiles in Costa Rica.

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Why We Should Care That March 3rd Is Now World Wildlife Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 6:38 PM

The United Nations does a great job declaring days in the year for commemoration or celebration. There is International Women's Day, World Water Day, World AIDS Day and more than 100 other special days. So why does it matter that the UN General Assembly last December...

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After Rio+20: What Now for the Ocean?

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 4:23 PM

I've been back from Rio+20, the U.N.'s once-in-a-decade sustainable development conference, for a little more than a month now. Many in the conservation community had hoped that the meeting would help steer the world onto a trajectory of "greener" economic and development policies, as well as better ways...

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Settling Ownership of the Bounty of the High Seas

(9) Comments | Posted March 10, 2012 | 9:44 AM

Many ocean species that are over-exploited and traded internationally live in areas beyond national jurisdiction, a region known as the high seas that starts 200 miles from shore and covers half the Earth. Fish taken from here frequently end up on dinner tables around the world and in...

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Ocean Life in the Balance: Will Science Overcome Politics at Rio+20 conference?

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 1:01 PM

The United Nations has sought to promote the "peaceful use of the seas and ocean, the equitable utilization of their resources, and the study, protection, and preservation of the marine environment," for decades. The world, however, still has a long way to go in living up to these...

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