PhD Candidate at The University of Queensland
Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science
Website: https://bit.ly/3boQZKS

James Allan grew up in Kenya where he was surrounded by wildlife and the outdoors. School holidays were spent on safari game driving with clients, discussing Africa’s conservation challenges around the campfire, and on walking safaris in some of Kenya’s wildest and most beautiful regions. This inspired him to pursue a conservation science Ph.D., and where better than at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.


He worked with a fantastic group of scientists on diverse research projects including global cumulative threat mapping, conservation planning, sustainable use of wildlife, wilderness conservation, and World Heritage Conservation. At the site level, he worked with WCS Mozambique, helping develop land-use and conservation plans for the iconic Niassa National Reserve. Previously he worked with the African Conservation Centre in Kenya, on large carnivore conservation on community land.



  • Watson, James E. M., Venter, Oscar, Lee, Jasmine, Jones, Kendall R., Robinson, John G., Possingham, Hugh P., Allan, J. (2018). Protect the last of the wild. Nature, 563, 27-30. doi:10.1038/d41586-018-07183-6


  • Watson, J., Jones, K., Fuller, R., Di Marco, M., Segan, D., Butchart, S., Allan, J., McDonald-Madden, E., Venter, O. (2016). Persistent disparities between recent rates of habitat conversion and protection and implications for future global conservation targets. Conservation Letters, 9(6), 1-9. doi:10.1111/conl.12295