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Susan Lieberman - Biography

Dr. Susan Lieberman has worked in international biodiversity conservation, at the intersection between science and policy, for more than 25 years. She has held the post of director, International Policy at the Pew Environment Group since August 2009 and leads an integrated program focused on treaties, regional fisheries management organizations and other intergovernmental organizations to achieve Pew’s marine conservation goals.  

From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Lieberman was the director of the Species Programme of WWF-International, based in Europe. She led all programmatic, scientific, and communications aspects of work on endangered and threatened species at the global level, as well as all international policy issues pertaining to species conservation. As part of this portfolio she directed WWF’s science-based policy and advocacy pertaining to several international treaties, including CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Dr. Lieberman also has extensive experience on the intersection of science and biodiversity policy, including 11 years working for the US Government at the US Fish and Wildlife Service (including as Chief of the Scientific Authority). She conducted postdoctoral research on reptiles in Mexico and on prosimians. Her Ph.D. research at the University of Southern California focused on tropical ecology and amphibians and reptiles in Costa Rica.