Gemma Goodman

About Gemma Goodman

Head of Conservation Programmes (Senior Leadership Team)

Gemma joined Synchronicity Earth in January 2012. She was previously working for TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network; working on issues relating to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), collection of species specific data regarding human subsistence needs and livelihoods, risk based approaches to assessing species risk of overfishing and on the collection and collation of the Food and Medicine Biodiversity Indicators as part of tracking progress towards the Convention on Biological Diversity 2010 biodiversity target. She has also worked for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee where she was involved in policy related matters and species research for the CITES team. She has been fortunate enough to gain field experience in Uganda, researching the impacts of ecotourism on wild chimpanzees and has also worked voluntarily in Cameroon and Argentina. She holds a Masters of Science in Wild Animal Biology obtained from the Royal Veterinary College and the Zoological Society of London and a Joint Hons undergraduate degree from The University of Bristol in Zoology and Psychology.

Every heron counts: an international effort to save one bird

When it is estimated that only 60 of a species still exist in the wild, every single individual is important. Gemma Goodman and Anna Heath from our Research Team describe a recent rescue operation run by our White-bellied Heron network to save one bird. On November 11 in the Gengga [...]

By |2019-12-12T10:34:47+00:00December 11th, 2019|Asian Species, Biodiversity, Captive Breeding, Conservation, White-bellied Heron|Comments Off on Every heron counts: an international effort to save one bird

A New Captive Breeding Centre for White-bellied Heron

Our work to conserve the White-Bellied Heron is part of our Asian Species Programme, which aims to conserve some of Asia's most threatened species. An important component of this work is the development of a captive breeding centre for these majestic but Critically Endangered birds. Rebecca Pradhan (RSPN) and Gemma Goodman-Hattie Gemma [...]

By |2019-04-02T11:08:31+00:00February 15th, 2018|Captive Breeding, Conservation, Programmes, White-bellied Heron|Comments Off on A New Captive Breeding Centre for White-bellied Heron

Solving the mystery of the disappearing Yangtze Finless porpoise

The Yangtze finless porpoise is a critically endangered subspecies of cetacean found only in the Yangtze river, China. Over the past two decades their population is believed to have dropped dramatically, but data are so sparse it is impossible to determine the extent or causes of this crash. The Yangtze finless porpoise is now [...]

By |2018-08-31T16:47:40+00:00February 1st, 2017|Conservation, Extinction, Freshwater, Species|0 Comments

Tackling the illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

20 Sunda pangolins live to fight another day! There was a chink of light earlier this month in what is often a gloomy picture for wildlife in Vietnam. Synchronicity Earth partner Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) successfully released 20 Critically Endangered Sunda pangolins back into the wild as part of the Carnivore and Pangolin Restoration Programme, a [...]

By |2018-08-31T16:31:21+00:00August 28th, 2016|Conservation, Illegal Wildlife Trade, Species|0 Comments

Taking steps to protect the Critically Endangered White-bellied Heron

In 2013, Synchronicity Earth became aware of the plight of a little known species of heron – the White-bellied Heron. Not dissimilar in appearance to the well-known Grey Heron, which is widespread and abundant throughout the UK and much of the world, but differing in its huge size, as the world’s second largest heron, [...]

IUCN Species Survival Commission Leaders Meeting

Synchronicity Earth’s Founding Trustee, Adam Sweidan, and I attended the recent International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Leaders meeting in Abu Dhabi. The IUCN SSC is a network organisation with a few core paid staff. However, the majority of its 140 Specialist Groups and committees are made up of [...]

By |2018-08-31T16:18:53+00:00October 22nd, 2015|Conservation, Events, IUCN|0 Comments