Senior leadership

Dr. Katy Gonder



Dr. Gonder is an associate professor of biology at Drexel University.


Trained as a population geneticist and primatologist, her research has spanned a wide range of topics over the years. She has worked in Central Africa for over twenty years, primarily in Cameroon and Nigeria, and more recently, in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea on a wide range of topics.


Dr. Gonder's current research interests can be divided into three major programmatic areas focused on: (1) understanding spatial patterns of biodiversity across Central Africa; (2) inferring the underlying evolutionary and ecological processes that generate the rich biodiversity of the region; and (3) helping to inform conservation strategies for the region that recognize and integrate evolutionary pattern and process.

Jose Manuel Esara Echube

Dean, UNGE School of Environmental Studies

Daniela Ascarelli

Director of Drexel Study Abroad

Dr. Maximilliano Fero Meñé

Vice-Dean, UNGE School of Environmental Studies

David Montgomery

National Manager

STUDENTS and Philadelphia staff

Steve Miller

Ph.D. Student

Bryan Featherstone

Ph.D. Student

Ian Nichols

Ph.D. Student

Dana Venditti

Ph.D. Student

Tyler Andres-Bray

Ph.D. Student

Heidi Rader, M.S.

Education & Outreach Coordinator

August Blackman

Central Africa Programs Coordinator

On-island management and staff

Amancio Motove Etingue

MWC Director

Francisco Mitogo Micha

BBPP Assistant

INDEFOR-AP Eco-guard

Conservation Educator

Cirilo Riaco

Biomonitoring Team Manager

Florentino Motove

Marine Turtle

Program Coordinator

Juan Cruz Ondo Nze

Moraka Camp Manager

Elpidio Buelecope Sepa

Research Assistant

INDEFOR-AP Eco-guard

Esperanza Etingue

UNC Manager

Florencia Pita

BAC Manager

Clara Buatiche King

BAC Coordinator

Fermin Muatiche Murelepe

MWC Guide

INDEFOR-AP Eco-guard

Reginaldo Aguilar Biacho

Research Associate

Jose Luis Lopez Riaba

Moraka Camp Research Assistant

Monsueto Mualeri

Moaba Camp Research Assistant

Rosa Garnet

BAC Moka Coordinator

Djibrilla Ousman

MWC Watchman

associated Personnel

Rigoberto Esono Anvene

Conservator of the GCSR


Venancio Elonga Anvene

INDEFOR-AP Eco-guard

Dr. David Fernandez

Lecturer/Conservation Biologist

University of the West of England

Dr. Drew T. Cronin

Program Manager

SMART Partnership

Dr. Demetrio Bocuma Meñe

UNDP- National Expert in Socioeconomics, Environmental Legislatures, and Finances


Dr. Gail Hearn

Founder & Advisory Board Chair


Dr. Hearn started BBPP in 1998 to protect Bioko Island's primate species.


Her current research focuses on the population decline of primate species on Bioko Island due to bushmeat hunting.


A professor in the Department of Biology at Drexel University, Dr. Hearn received her bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in protein biology from Rockefeller University.


Dr. Hearn retired from Drexel University in 2014.

All photos are credited to National Geographic Photographers Tim Laman, Ian Nichols, Joel Sartore, and Christian Ziegler, as well as numerous members of BBPP (staff, students, and volunteers).