Véronique CoutteeKnowledge Transfer and Outreach Specialist (Audubon/Ducks Unlimited Canada)
In this shared role between Audubon and Ducks Unlimited Canada, Véronique coordinates data-sharing between Audubon and Ducks Unlimited Canada to support proposed Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area projects and build enhanced mapping products that support high-priority Indigenous Protected Area proposals.
Véronique's journey as a conservation scientist started on the tropical paradise island, Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. After completing a B.S. in Biology with a focus on Ecology, she worked as a wildlife biologist for 3 years leading the successful translocation of Terpsiphone desolata the Mauritius Paradise Flycatcher. In addition, she also worked on the monitoring of a wide variety of critically endangered species with extensive collaborations across teams on the conservation efforts of passerine, raptors, amphibians, and plants in Mauritius, Seychelles, and the United States. She also worked in Seychelles Islands on the control and eradication of invasive species in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 2018, she relocated to the United States as a Fulbright scholar to complete an M.S. in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy at the University at Albany. She also worked for a year as a Geospatial Information System (GIS) and Technology Fellow with National Audubon Society’s Enterprise GIS team. Now as the Principal and founder of Geospatial Equity Tech she supports the Boreal Science Program with the partnership between Ducks Unlimited Canada and the National Audubon Society.
In her spare time, she can be found hiking, birdwatching, listening to podcasts, reading, blog writing, and teaching Zumba as a certified instructor.