Leigh-Ann Tower

 

M.A. in Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 874601 Tempe, AZ 85287-4601
Leigh-Ann.Tower@asu.edu

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

The majority of my current focus has been pulled to perceptions of conservation technologies by conservation managers and decision makers and how they impact or intersect with said management decisions. I recently spent time in South Africa researching the previously mentioned regarding the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) in rhino conservation and protection. My concentration on rhino conservation and anti-poaching measures allows me to also speak on wildlife trafficking, rhino horn legalization, other styles of anti-poaching operations, the necessity of community engagement and development and other charismatic megafauna’s struggles. I have broadly looked at ethical concerns of African wildlife conservation and how these values and ethics are translated into policy and enforcement, this encompasses the impact of different types of conservation media and campaigns.

 
Curriculum Vitae

BACKGROUND

   I grew up on the Central Coast of California and participated in track, tennis, dance and FFA all throughout high school. I found my passion at the early age of 16 when I began taking collegiate level courses in the social sciences at my local community college. I obtained my B.A. in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Indigenous Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011. During this time I also translated my passion for the outdoors into a position as an outdoor guide. 

   Proceeding my enrollment at Arizona State University I have had opportunities to work at a non-profit wildlife sanctuary, an AZA accredited institution, multiple school districts and sustainable wineries in California that has contributed to my unique perspective and skill set.