Keri Parker '97 is a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's International Affairs Program in the Division of Management Authority. Her office issues permits under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) and the United States Endangered Species Act.
While the position is a departure from her other adventures working as an island supervisor for the National Audubon Society's Seabird Restoration Program, banding birds for the Powdermill Avian Research Center and working as an environmental educator for World Wildlife Fund, she finds that all her previous professional experiences are relevant when it comes to implementing wildlife conservation policy.
Her training in environmental studies began at Warren Wilson College, and she continued her education with the University of Maryland’s graduate program in sustainable development and conservation biology, where she received her master's degree in 2005. Her graduate research included completing a pilot assessment of conservation projects taking place in China's panda reserve system that are funded by U.S. zoos through the United States Policy on Giant Panda Permits. Her research continues to aid stakeholders in China and the U.S. as they track and assess the conservation needs of the giant panda and its habitat.