Senior Associate, Amphibian and Australian Conservation
MRes in Environmental Science, University College London
BSc(Hons) in Astrophysics, Melbourne University
Janice Chanson is currently the program lead for Re:Wild in Australia. Based in Brisbane, she works closely with federal and state governments and local NGOs and conservation organizations to continue expanding the existing protected area network with a particular focus on threatened biodiversity, and addressing the threat of invasive species and habitat loss. She is committed to working with local partners and is always keen to hear of new and exciting Australian conservation projects. Janice also jointly coordinates the Global Amphibian Assessment as part of the IUCN-SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG). This project regularly assesses the extinction risk of all amphibians globally using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. She was part of the original team that completed the first GAA in 2004 and joined the ASG team in 2020 to complete the GAA2 in 2022, and is currently planning for GAA3. She has also been involved in the development of the IUCN Red List Index and the Sampled Red List Index, and key biodiversity databases such as the Species Information Service. Before joining Re:Wild in 2020, Janice spent several years with IUCN as well as Conservation International, supporting global assessment processes across various taxonomic groups.