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Lucy Smyth

Lucy’s favourite childhood memories are of long camping trips spent exploring the mountains, valleys, riverbeds and shorelines of the Western Cape of South Africa and British Columbia in Canada, both of which she has come to call home. In her mind becoming a biologist was never even a question, just simply something that was bound to happen.

She completed a BSc in Applied Biology and Ecology and Evolution at UCT in 2016 and went on to complete her Honours in Biological Sciences at UCT in 2017, focusing on whether pelage patterns can be used to infer relatedness in leopards. During her Honours year she spent a few months in Kruger National Park on a course run by the Organization for Tropical Studies, and fell in love with the savanna. This combined with her passion for wildlife, conservation and the great outdoors means that time spent in the field is when she is her happiest.

Lucy has been involved in projects run by Panthera since 2015, and in 2018 began her MSc as a collaboration between iCWild and Panthera. She is conducting an assessment of leopard populations in Sabi Sands, southern Kruger and southern Mozambique, with a special focus on edge effects as well as the impact of poaching for skins.