Heather Koldewey

Head of Marine and Freshwater Conservation

Zoological Society of London

Heather started working for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in 1995, initially as a postdoctoral research scientist, then as curator of the ZSL London Zoo Aquarium and currently as Head of Marine and Freshwater Conservation. Heather is an Associate Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter, Cornwall campus.

Heather finds solutions through interdisciplinary research and conservation action at the interface between communities and environment. Examples include a) co-founding Project Seahorse www.projectseahorse.org, which is recognised as the world’s leading authority on seahorses; b) developing Net-Works, an award-winning project that has developed a novel community-based supply chain for discarded fishing nets that are recycled into carpet tiles (with Interface Inc. www.net-works.com) addressing issues of marine debris and poverty alleviation in coastal communities, c) Project Ocean - retail activism in action, a partnership between the luxury London department store Selfridges and ZSL to bring ocean conservation to new audiences and change consumer buying habits http://www.selfridges.com/content/project-ocean and d) One Less, a campaign to build a more ocean-friendly society through working to make London the first capital city to stop using single-use plastic bottles www.zsl.org/oneless. Heather spends any free time enjoying Cornwall with her family, especially kitesurfing and paddleboarding.