Winnie Eckardt, Ph.D.
Winnie Eckardt, Ph.D. has many years of practical experience with gorilla behavior, ecology and conservation, reaching back to 2004 when she joined the Fossey Fund's Karisoke Research Center as a research assistant. During 2011-12 she spent a year and a half working at Karisoke studying the physiology of stress among mountain gorillas in relation to their health and helping to collect data on mountain gorilla behavior. She is currently analyzing those data based at the Fossey Fund's headquarters and at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been studying primates since 2001 and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chester, UK, with a dissertation on maternal investment in mountain gorillas. Afterwards, she returned to Rwanda as a teaching fellow with the National University of Rwanda to train and supervise graduate students conducting research at Karisoke.