Dr Carly Cowell

Senior Science Officer (CITES)

Carly Cowell
Department

Office of the Science Directorate

Team

Conservation Policy

Specialism

Conservation policy, ecology (including fire ecology), restoration, biocultural heritage

Biography Plus

My role as Head of the Scientific Authority for Flora in the UK means I am responsible for the CITES team at Kew, providing scientific advice to the UK CITES Management Authorities on permit applications and support of conservation policy within Kew. I am accustomed to working in a multidisciplinary environment with interactions on many management levels and across numerous disciplines. I work closely with my colleagues in and outside of Kew, including Defra, APHA and Border Force.

I have participated in Red List Assessments for both flora and fauna, co-authored two Biodiversity Management Plans for Species with colleagues from the South African National Biodiversity Institute and run CITES Non-Detrimental Findings Assessments. I have a wide range of knowledge about the conservation of various biomes around the world and have been involved in the writing of international conservation standards such as the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.
 

Qualifications and appointments Plus
  • National Higher Diploma Horticulture (cum laude), Cape Technikon, 2000
  • Bachelor of Technology (cum laude), Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2004
  • Management Diploma (Cum laude), University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), 2008
  • Master of Technology (Restoration Ecology), Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2013
  • PhD (Geographical and Environmental Science), University of Cape Town, 2018

 

  • IUCN Mediterranean Ecosystems Working Group Member, 2010 to present
  • Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), 2011 to present
  • Fynbos Forum Committee, 2013 to 2018
  • South Africa Working on Fire Programme Oversight Committee 2014 to 2018
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Advisory Board for Veld Fire Management Curriculum, 2015 to 2017
  • Table Mountain Fund Review Committee, 2018
  • Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund Review Committee, 2018
     
Selected publications Plus

Birss, C., Cowell, C., Hayward, N., Peinke, D., Hrabar, H.H. and Kotze, A. (2017).

Biodiversity Management Plan for the Cape mountain zebra in South Africa.

Jointly developed by CapeNature, South African National Parks, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, National Zoological Gardens, Department of Environmental Affairs, Northern Cape Department of Environment and Nature Conservation, Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism and Free State Department of Economic, Small business, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

Novellie, P., Birss, C., Cowell, C., Kerley, G.I.H., Peinke, D., Pfab, M., Selier, J. & Zimmermann, D. (2017).

Adaptive governance of Cape mountain zebra, can it work?

Journal of Wildlife Research 42(2): 79-81. Available online

Cowell, C.R. & Cheney, C., (2017).

A ranking system for prescribed burn prioritization in Table Mountain National Park, South Africa.

Journal of Environmental Management 190: 283-289. Available online

Kamler, J., Palmer, G., Cowell, C., Mills, M.G.L., Stuart, C., Stuart, M. & Do Linh San E. (2016).

A conservation assessment of Vulpes chama. In Child MF, Roxburgh L, Do Linh San E, Raimondo D, Davies-Mostert HT, editors.

The Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. South African National Biodiversity Institute and Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa.

Radloff, F.G.T., Birss, C., Cowell, C., Peinke, D., Dalton, D., Kotze, A., Kerley, G.I.H. & Child, M.F. (2016).

A conservation assessment of Damaliscus pygargus pygargus.

In Child MF, Roxburgh L, Do Linh San E, Raimondo D, Davies-Mostert HT, editors. The Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. South African National Biodiversity Institute and Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa.

Taylor, A., Cowell, C., Drouilly, M., Schulze, E., Avenant, N., Birss, C. & Child MF. (2016).

A conservation assessment of Pelea capreolus. In Child MF, Roxburgh L, Do Linh San E, Raimondo D, Davies-Mostert HT, editors.

The Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. South African National Biodiversity Institute and Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa.

Get in touch

Phone

+44 (0)20 8332 5212

email

c.cowell@kew.org

ORCID

Carly Cowell