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. She 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. 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 and fecal samples. From 2013-2014, she analyzed those data at the Fossey Fund’s headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., in collaboration with Emory University and the Davee Center for Epidemiology at Lincoln Park Zoo. In 2015, Eckardt returned to Karisoke to work as research manager.