Dr. Marc Foggin

Dr. Marc Foggin

Biography

Dr. Marc Foggin is Acting Director of the Mountain Societies Research Institute at the University of Central Asia. He is a conservation biologist specialised in mountain environments of Asia, especially the complex human dimensions of conservation, natural resource management and community development. Before joining UCA, Marc was Executive Director of the non-governmental organisation Plateau Perspectives, which supports grassroots initiatives in sustainable development and conservation in the Tibetan Plateau region and mountain areas in the Himalayas and Central Asia. With 20 years of fieldwork in biodiversity conservation and community development, Foggin has project implementation and applied research experience in fields ranging from wildlife ecology, protected areas, and community co-management, to community development initiatives focused on pastoralist livelihoods, community-based tourism, and development policy analysis. He also has served as international consultant to WWF, UNDP and other organisations, and was Chief Technical Advisor for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) supported ‘Qinghai Biodiversity Conservation Project’ in 2013-14. As member of several professional associations including Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), Citizen Science Association (CSA) and IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), Foggin regularly contributes to current dialogues about biodiversity conservation, environmental management, and the development of partnerships with local and indigenous communities in matters that directly affect their lives and livelihoods. He holds a PhD in Biology from Arizona State University, USA and a BSc in Biology from McGill University, Canada.