Susan Cheyne


I’m a lesbian and I’m a conservation biologist and universtity lecturer. //

I have a BSC(Hons) from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. I’ve worked in South East Asia since 1997 and in Indonesia since 2002. I’m a co-director of the Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) and the Barito River Initiative for Nature Conservation and Communities (BRINCC). I initiated both the BNF Gibbon Behaviour Project in 2005 and the Felid Project in 2008 in the Sabangau Forest. I’ve carried out long-term gibbon and mammal population monitoring in eight sites across Indonesian Borneo. In addition, I’m responsible for coordinating the volunteer program and developing long-term wildlife monitoring projects for students and volunteers. Since 2010, I’ve been an associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University teaching on the Primate Conservation MSc. I’m a vice-chair of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group Section on Small Apes, raising awareness of the plight of wild gibbons and advising on gibbon rehabilitation and reintroduction in Asia. I’m a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group and Royal Society of Biologists, and a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, the Royal Geographical Society, and the Linnean Society. My interests range from primates and felids to population ecology, habitat management, wildlife trade, and conservation outreach and education.