Previous Conservation Grants Recipients

2020

Kids for Compassionate Conservation
 By: Dr. Gregg Tully of Pan African Sanctuary Alliance
 Geographic Location: Sierra Leone, Cameroon, and Kenya
 Grant awarded: $2585

Health of confiscated box turtles and their fate following release back to the wild
 By: Tracey Tuberville of University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
 Geographic Location: Savannah River Site, Aiken County, SC
 Grant awarded: $865

Phylogenetics and range re-delineations of four Gray-Cheeked Salamanders
 By: Louisa Heidler / Dr. JJ Apodaca of Tangled Bank Conservation
 Geographic Location: Western North Carolina, Asheville
 Grant awarded: $865

Conservation Education of Upstate Reptiles and Amphibians
 By: Leesee Chastain / Dr. Jeffrey Mohr of Southern Wesleyan College
 Geographic Location: Pickens, SC
 Grant awarded: $530

Recreation Activity Monitoring at Paris State Park, Greenville SC
 By: Naomi Haverlick of REI Greenville store on behalf of Paris Mountain State Park FRIENDS
 Geographic Location: Paris State Park, Greenville, SC
 Grant awarded: $865

Engaging the Greenville Community for Hands-On Water Quality Monitoring in the Reedy River Watershed
 By: Katie Callahan of Friends of the Reedy
 Geographic Location: Greenville, SC
 Grant awarded: $865

Wild child processing of Critically Endangered Tree Nesting Vulture Species
 By: Charne Wilhelmi / Kerri Wolter of VulPro NPC
 Geographic Location: South Africa: Olifants River Private Game Reserve-Limpop Provice; Omega Game Farm- North West Provice
 Grant awarded: $865

Awareness campaign and declaration of protected area for a newly discovered population of the critically endangered Guatemalan beaded lizard
 By: Dr. Brad Lock of Oklahoma City Zoo
 Geographic Location: Eastern Guatemala, Central America
 Grant awarded: $2585

Investigating Survivorship and Sleep Site in Rehabilitated and Wild Female Sunda Pangolins
 By: Tiffany Chen of National Pingtung University of Science & Technology
 Geographic Location: Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam
 Grant awarded: $865

Ecological drivers of behavioral flexibility in rainforest lemurs
 By: Meredith Lutz of University of California, Davis
 Geographic Location: Maromizaha Protected Area (Toamasinia Providence Madagascar)
 Grant awarded: $2585

Using LiDAR and Satellite Remote Sensing to Explore the Drivers of Seed Dispersal by Hornbills Across Spatial Scales
 By: Nicholas Russo of University of California, Los Angeles
 Geographic Location: Dja Faunal Reserve, East Cameroon
 Grant awarded: $865

Urban Wildlife Labs
 By: Jacque Williamson of Brandywine Zoo
 Geographic Location: New Castle County, Delaware
 Grant awarded: $865

Exploring the Development of a Captive Assurance Populations for Critically Endangered “Poeclitheria metallica” Tarantulas
 By: Jackie Billotte of University of Colorado
 Geographic Location: Denver, CO
 Grant awarded: $865

Supporting Wildlife Clubs and school you in the North Rupununi, Guyana
 By: Raquel Thomas of Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development
 Geographic Location: Guyana, South America
 Grant awarded: $865

Initiation of Mitigation Approaches and Education for Sustainable Conservation of Musk Deer in Buffer Zone Area of Makalu Barun National Park, Nepal
 By: Tilak Thapamagar of Himalyan Biodiversity Network Nepal
 Geographic Location: Makalu Barun National Park, Eastern Nepal
 Grant awarded: $865

2019

Identification and Conservation of Gopher Frog Populations in South Carolina
 By Lisa Lord of Savannah River Project
 Geographic Location: South Low country / ACE Basin
 Grant awarded: $1000

Crocodilian Conservation Center of Florida
 By Dr. Bruce Shwedick of Crocodilian Conservation Center of Florida
 Geographic Location: Frostproof, Florida
 Grant awarded: $1000

Ecological drivers of behavioral flexibility in three sympatric lemurs
 By Meredith Lutz of University of California, Davis
 Geographic Location: Maromizaha Protected Area, Toamasinia Providence, Madagascar
 Grant awarded:  $3000

Creation of biological corridors in family plots, for the conservation of Abronia campbeli (alligator lizard)
 By Dr. Brad Lock of Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden
 Geographic Location: Jalapa, Guatemala
 Grant awarded: $3000

Male Captive Asian Elephant Management Protocol
 By Chrisantha Pinto of Elephant Conservation Center
 Geographic Location: Xayaboury Province, Laos
 Grant awarded:  $1000

Protection of Cloud Forest and Continued Baseline Study for Preservation of Ateles geoffroyi vellerosus and possible Ateles fusciceps
 By Jacob Rose of Centro de Ensenanza Aprendizaje de Agricultura Sostensible El Socorro (CEASO)
 Geographic Location: Reserva de Los Montecillos, Honduras (Biological Reserve)
 Grant awarded: $960

Kids for Compassionate Conservation
 By Dr. Gregg Tully of Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA)
 Geographic Location: Sierra Leone and Cameroon
 Grant awarded: $2500

Exploring local knowledge to learn recent status of Sumatran rabbit Nesolagus netscheri in Rimba Candi forest landcape, Sumatra, Indonesia
 By Dr. Muhammad Iqbal for South Sumatra Biodiversity Community
 Geographic Location: South Sumatra, Indonesia
 Grant awarded:  $1000

Stopping illegal lion killings in western Tanzania
 By Jonathan Kwiyega of Landscape and Conservation Mentors (LCMO)
 Geographic Location: Villages around reserves: Katavi-Mahale National Parks (NP), Rukwa-Luafi, Ugalla, Moyowosi-Kigosi Game Reserves (GR) and Inyonga-Mlele Forest Reserve (FR) in Western Tanzania, East Africa
 Grant awarded: $2950

Evaluation, monitoring and conservation of one of the last surviving high-altitude Harlequin toad
 By Dr. Lina Valencia of Global Wildlife Conservation Geographic Location: Key biodiversity area Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Columbia
 Grant awarded: $1000

2018

Kids for Compassionate Conservation
 By Dr. Gregg Tully of Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA)
 Geographic Location: Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo, Africa
 Grant awarded: $994

From conflict to coexistence: Investigating drivers of leopard-livestock conflict and suitable husbandry techniques
 By Aisha Uduman of University of British Columbia, Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust Sri Lanka
 Geographic Location: Sri Lanka, Asia
 Grant awarded: $1000

Current status and conservation of Persian leopard (Pantera pardus ciscaucasicus) in Daghestan, Russia
 
By Dr. Magomedrasul Magomedov of Russian Academy of Sciences
 Geographic Location: Daghestan, Russia, Asia
 Grant awarded: $1000

Multidisciplinary Mapping: Toward a Better Understanding of Human-Carnivore Conflict and Landscape Use by Carnivores and People
 
By Christine Wilkinson of University of California, Berkeley
 Geographic Location: Nakuru-Elmenteita Region, Kenya, Africa
 Grant awarded: $960

ARCS Education and Outreach Workshops
 By Amy Waters of Aquatic Research & Conservation Society, Inc. Geographic
 Location: St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding areas in Minnesota and Wisconsin, USA
 Grant awarded: $1000

Community based habitat restoration for the critically endangered Guatemalan beaded lizard (Heloderma charlesbogerti)
 By Dr. Brad Lock of International Reptile Conservation Foundation
 Geographic Location: Zacapa, Guatemala, Central America
 Grant awarded: $2965

Ecological drivers of spatial clustering in social behavior in critically-endangered diademed sifaka (Propithecus diadema) in a new protected area
 
By Meredith Lutz of University of California, Davis
 Geographic Location: Dariana Region, Madagascar
 Grant awarded: $1000

Using Wildlife Genetics to Alleviate Human-Carnivore Conflict in Tanzania
 By Mary Burak of Yale University
 Geographic Location: Maasai Steppe, Tanzania, Africa
 Grant awarded: $805

Maternal transfer of radiocesium in Nerodia floridana (Florida Green Watersnake)
 
By Dr. Melissa Pilgrim of University of South Carolina Upstate
 Geographic Location: Savannah River Site, South Carolina, USA
 Grant awarded: $734

Long-term American alligator feeding behavior in coastal South Carolina
 
By Abigail Lawson of Clemson University
 Geographic Location: Georgetown, South Carolina, USA
 Grant awarded: $1000

Pine Snakes of Glade Farms; A Stronghold For a Vanishing Species
 
By Bryan Hudson of Clemson University/Reinhardt University
 Geographic Location: Glade Farm, NE Hall County, Georgia, USA
 Grant awarded: $2346

Community-based conservation of endangered sea turtles nesting along the Akassa coast, Bayelsa, Nigeria
 
By Ikponke Nkanta of Tropical Research and Conservation Centre, Nigeria
 Geographic Location: Bayelsa, Nigeria, Africa
 Grant awarded: $2800

2017

Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Ecolab
 By Tricia Kyzer of Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Geographic Location: Greenville, South Carolina, USA
 Grant awarded: $910

Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change & Habitat Quality on the Ecology of a Valuable Rattlesnake Predator in a Developed Environment
 
By Dr. Kimberly Andrews of Georgia Sea Turtle Center
 Geographic Location: Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA
 Grant awarded: $3000

Conservation of the Critically Endangered alligator lizard in eastern Guatemala through Habitat Restoration and Community Forest Management: Final Phase
 
By Dr. Brad Lock of International Reptile Conservation Foundation, Inc. Geographic
 Location: Jalapa, Guatemala, Central America
 Grant awarded: $3000

Green Salamander Distribution, Movement & Water Loss
 
By Jill Newman of Clemson University
 Geographic Location: Blue Ridge Mountains, South Carolina, USA
 Grant awarded: $1000

Upper Saluda Watershed Interactive Mapping Project
 
By Melanie Ruhlman of "Save Our Saluda"
 Geographic Location: Upper Saluda River Watershed, South Carolina, USA
 Grant awarded: $1000

The Status of critically important and endangered reef sharks in the Maldives
 
By Dr. Andrew Bruckner of Coral Reef CPR
 Geographic Location: Maldives-Northern, Central and Southern Atolls, Asia
 Grant awarded: $1000

Advancing Effective Lemur Conservation in the Face of Global Change
 
By Brandon Semel of Virginia Tech
 Geographic Location: Madagascar
 Grant awarded: $1000

Dry Season Monitoring of Wild Giant Otters at Karanambu
 
By Dr. Lucy Spelman of Creature Conserve, Inc.
 Geographic Location: Guyana, South America
 Grant awarded: $1000

Stopping illegal lion killings around protected areas in Western Tanzania
 
By Jonathan Lucas Kwiyega of WASIMA (Watu, Simba na Mazingira- People, Lions and the Environment) Geographic Location: Tanzania, Africa
 Grant awarded: $1000

Understanding social behaviour to improve the conservation of wild giraffes and to improve the welfare of giraffes in captive populations ex-situ
 
By Zoe Muller of Rothschild's Giraffe Project
 Geographic Location: Kenya, Africa
 Grant awarded: $2187

2016

Wade Hampton Water Monitoring Team 
 By R. Enggasser for Wade Hampton High School
 Geographic Location: Wade Hampton High School

The Effects of Habitat Quality, Prey Availability, and Wildlife Health on the Reproduction of a Declining Predator in an Urban Landscape (Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake)
 By Dr. Andrews of Jekyll Island Authority Georgia Sea Turtle Center and The University of Georgia-Odum School of Ecology
 Geographic Location: Jekyll Island, GA

Survey of Sternotherus Species at Oconee State Park (turtles)
 By Dr. Mook of University of North Georgia
 Geographic Location: Oconee State Park, SC

Amphibian Survey of Anderson University's Wetlands
 By I. Wilson and Dr. Criswell of Anderson University
 Geographic Location: Anderson University, SC

Community-based conservation of endangered sea turtles nesting along the Akassa coast, Bayelsa, Nigera
 By I. Nkanta of Tropical Research and Conservation Center
 Geographic Location: Akassa coast, Bayelsa state, Nigeria

Conservation of the Critically Endangered alligator lizard Abronia campbelli in eastern Guatemala through Habitat Restoration and community Forest Management: Phase II
 By Dr. Lock of Zoo Atlanta
 Geographic Location: Jalapa, Guatemala

Completion of a Bio-Secure Facility for Captive Breeding and Re-introduction of Panamanian Golden Frogs (Atelopus zeteki)
 By R. Hill of Zoo Atlanta
 Geographic Location: El Valle de Anton, Panama

Building a Future, One Lemur at a Time: Identifying Eulemur rubriventer's dieatary strategies and constraints, and their implications for in situ and ex situ conservation
 By A. DuBour of Northern Illinois University
 Geographic Location: Madagascar

Furman University Cougar Project
 By Dr. Perry of Furman University
 Geographic Location: New Mexico, USA

2015

Citizen based Water Quality Monitoring
 
By J. Thomas Hochheimer, citizen
 Geographic Location: Lake Greenwood Rivers & Streams in Laurens County, SC

Occurrence, distribution and management of at-risk upland amphibian and reptile species
 By J. Holmes of Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy
 Geographic Location: Francis Marion National Forest (FMNF), SC

The long-term effects of Exurbanization
 By N. Weaver of Clemson University
 Geographic Location: Western NC, Eastern TN

Conservation beyond protected areas
 By Dr. Quinn of Furman University
 Geographic Location: Upstate, SC

Conservation of the Critically Endangered alligator lizard Abronia campbelli in eastern Guatemala through Habitat Restoration and Community Forest Management
 By Dr. Lock of Zoo Atlanta
 Geographic Location: Guatemala

2014

Conservation of urban-rural gradients
 By Dr. Quinn of Furman University
 Geographic Location: Upstate SC

Bat Conservation of the Carolinas
 By M. Brienza, citizen
 Geographic Location: Georgetown County, SC

Complex Causes of amphibian declines
 
By J. Mette of North Carolina Museum of Natural Science
 Geographic Location: Coastal Plain, Piedmont of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina

Can nest boxes accelerate the colonization of Longleaf Pines?
 
Dr. Stanback of Davidson College
 Geographic Location: Calloway Forest Preserve, Hoke County, NC

Pituophis in Georgia's upper Piemdont (northern pine snake) 
 By B. Hudson of Piedmont College and Dr. Felix of Reinhardt University
 Geographic Location: Northeast Georgia, Cherokee, Banks, and Stephens counties

Furman Cougar Project
 By Dr. Perry of Furman University
 Geographic Location: New Mexico, USA

Bacterial Water Monitoring
 
Save our Saluda
 Geographic Location: North, Middle, and South Saluda Rivers

2013

Pituophis in Georgia's upper Piedmont (northern pine snake) 
 By B. Hudson of Piedmont College and Dr. Felix of Reinhardt University
 Geographic Location: Georgia, Cherokee, Banks, and Stephens counties

Bone density of bottlenose dolphin
 
By J. Powel of Portland State University
 Geographic Location: coastal South Carolina

Citizen AAS Water Monitoring in SC
 
By E. Enggasser, citizen
 Geographic Location: Greenville County, SC

Bog Turtle Habitat Protection – Conservation Lease Program
 
By C. Gentile, Western Natures Center and NC Herp Society
 Geographic Location: Western North Carolina

Does nest site competition with Carolina Chickadees constrain nesting by Brown-headed Nuthatches in developed settings in the North Carolina Sandhills?
 
By Dr. Stanback of Davidson College
 Geographic Location: Pinehurst, NC

Abronia Awareness Program
 By. Dr. Lock of Zoo Atlanta
 Geographic Location: Guatemala

Tiger Conservation in Dampa TR
 
By Udayan Borthakur of AARANYAK
 Geographic Location: Dampa Tiger Reserve, Mizoram, India

Conservation of Rothschild's giraffe
 
By Zoe Muller of Rothschild's Giraffe Project
 Geographic Location: Rift Valley region, Kenya

Enhancing Turtle Conservation
 
By Bui Dang Phong of Cuc Phuong National Park
 Geographic Location: Vietnam

2012

Creating & Conserving an Urban Farm
 
By Upstate Forever
 Geographic Location: Greenville, SC; adjacent to the Lowe's on Poinsett Highway

Hydrology of the Bunched Arrowhead
 
By W. Dipps of Furman University
 Geographic Location: Greenville County, SC

Raptor Caging
 
By L. Hoskinson of Wildlife Rehab of Greenville
 Geographic Location: Piedmont, SC

Complex Causes of Amphibian Declines in Sympatric Cricket Frogs and Chorus Frogs
 
By J. Mette and Dr. Micancin of North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
 Geographic Location: Coastal Plain and Piedmont of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina

The effects of forest management activities on community structure of stream salamanders inhabiting montane streams
 
By T. Surasinghe of Clemson University
 Geographic Location: Nantahala National Forests and Coweeta Hydrologic Station, NC

FrogWatch USA
 
By B. Foster of Greenville Zoo
 Geographic Location: Upstate SC

Tanzania Corridor Survey
 
By A. Martin of Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, University of California Davis
 Geographic Location: Western Tanzania