Kathleen Gobush

Kathleen S. Gobush, PhD

Northwest Program Director
Field Conservation

Dr. Kathleen Gobush is the Northwest Director for Defenders of Wildlife. Kathleen is excited to focus her efforts on leading Defenders’ Northwest team and improving the plight of endangered species in the region. 

She has worked on wildlife and habitat issues across the globe for more than two decades as a research scientist, federal ecologist, philanthropic project manager and nonprofit program lead. She earned her PhD in Zoology from the University of Washington and has lived in Seattle on and off since the late 1990’s.

Kathleen specializes in terrestrial and marine large mammal conservation and continues to publish original research that bridges wildlife science, protection, policy and emerging technology. She also holds an Affiliate faculty position in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington and is member of the IUCN Species Specialist Commission.

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