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Keri Parker is a Senior Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) International Affairs Program, where she provides scientific and management guidance in the conservation of species, populations, and habitats affected by international trade. She provides support to the Giant Panda Species Survival Plan by continuing to manage her graduate research database to track and assess conservation projects taking place in China's panda reserve system. She co-founded the Pangolin Conservation Support Initiative and the website SavePangolins.org with colleagues from the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders fellowship program and is a member of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Pangolin Specialist Group. Her prior experience includes coordinating migratory bird surveys across the United States and Canada for the USFWS Migratory Birds Program, managing a seabird nesting island for National Audubon Society's Project Puffin, developing environmental education materials for the USFWS Asheville Field Office and World Wildlife Fund, and teaching natural history and wilderness survival skills at a summer camp in Virginia.
Parker was an Environmental Studies major at Warren Wilson College, and she cites the College as formative for her career. "One of the cool things about Wilson is that they teach you how to volunteer. The volunteer ethic becomes part of who you are, and you learn how to approach organizations for opportunities. Volunteering is one of the best ways to build experience and connections within the professional community.” She served as a crew boss on the Landscaping Crew, completed service projects with the Clean Water Fund of North Carolina and Habitat for Humanity, and was awarded one of the first Environmental Leadership Center internships with the National Audubon Society's Project Puffin in Maine, which led to her future employment with the project.
She holds an M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland and lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband Paul, dog Kodama, and cat Juniper.