Channing Hughes


I am gay and I am a zoologist doing conservation-focussed research on carnivorous marsupials, primarily the Tasmanian devil.//


I am the founder and executive director of The Carnivore Conservancy, a not-for-profit NGO dedicated to the conservation of threatened carnivore species through scientific research, educational outreach and ecotourism. Our flagship research programme focusses on marsupial carnivores in Tasmania, especially the Tasmanian devil. I began my work in wildlife conservation as a midlife career change after studying English and French (B.A. Yale, M.A. University of California) and then working for two decades in the corporate world, mostly at Apple. I hold master’s degrees in conservation biology (Victoria University of Wellington) and wildlife management (University of Sydney), and expect to complete my Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Sydney in 2022. I divide my time among rural Tasmania (where I conduct fieldwork), Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco, and am always happy to meet fellow LGBTQAI+ life scientists, especially those who work in conservation and/or wildlife studies.