Beth A. Kaplin, Professor

Position: 
Director of the CoEB

Professor, Biology Department at National University of Rwanda Putney Experience National University of Rwanda 14 years Professor, Biology Department January 2013 - Present (7 years 9 months) Huye Campus, Rwanda Part time contract as Professor in the Biology Dept, University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology. Teach sections of modules in BSc conservation biology options, including Ecology and Evolutionary Processes, and supervise student senior thesis projects. Teach in the MSc Biodiversity Conservation program, including modules of Professional Skills, Tropical Ecosystems and Landscape Change, and Research Design. Supervise master's thesis research projects. Technical Advisor 2006 - Present (14 years) Antioch University New England Professor August 1998 - Present (22 years 2 months) UNESCO Consultant - Coordinator for Center of Excellence for Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management October 2013 - May 2014 (8 months) Support the creation of a Center of Excellence in Biodiversity in Rwanda. The Center is being supported by extra-budgetary funds provided One UN fund in Rwanda, and UNESCO will support the establishment of an enabling environment for the CoE to be operational. The specific tasks of the Coordinator of the CoE were to: Coordinate the activities of the Nodes and Technical Committee in close collaboration with the Steering committee Prepare TORs, list of participants, budgets and coordinate meetings and workshops related to the operationalization of the CoE Maintain communication among CoE focal people, committees, stakeholders and partners Contribute to the development of the strategic plan and legal framework for the CoE and insure that the both documents are available end of 2013 in consultation with the Technical and Steering committees Facilitate the strengthening of institutional collaboration to meet CoE goals and objectives Coordinate the fundraising strategy for the CoE with UNESCO and other stakeholders, and participate in fundraising activities Coordinate visibility campaign for awareness-raising, and marketing activities for all stakeholders Oversee daily activities of the technical assistant of the CoE 9. Complete the Agreement for the CoE before end of 2013 10. Ensure that the CoE can become operational by end of 2013 11. The consultant shall submit to UNESCO no later than 15 November 2013 for approval an interim report on status of activities stated below 12. The consultant shall submit to UNESCO no later than 15 December 2013 for approval an interim report on status of activities stated below 13. Provide Technical support to update the full project document 14. Assist in the organization of the event to present the full project document with GoR and key stakeholders. Education University of Wisconsin-Madison PhD, Zoology · (1989 - 1998)