Kate Vannelli is a conservation scientist based in Denver, CO, and has always been passionate about the natural world and wildlife, particularly cats. After obtaining a BSc. in Environmental Science at the University of Oregon, which included an internship with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, Kate spent three more years in Namibia as a staff member at the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Here she was able to be involved with many aspects of wildlife conservation in the field. This experience helped to develop her career towards community-based conservation and led to a MSc. with the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, in the United Kingdom. During her degree she conducted research on the community aspects of snow leopard conservation and ecotourism in the Himalayas through the Snow Leopard Conservancy – India Trust, and gained experience with the many human dimensions of conserving large carnivores. Following graduation, Kate returned to Namibia to assist with a national leopard census, using camera traps and questionnaires to gain insight on the pressures facing the Namibian leopard population. Currently, Kate works as the Director of Development for Global Conservation Corps, combining her love of conservation and people to raise awareness and funds around the pressing issue of our disappearing wildlife. Kate would like to continue to develop her career towards conserving wildlife in an increasingly human-dominated landscape, ideally interfacing between community, science and the arts, inspiring action through multiple mediums including photography, writing and painting.