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Libby Khumalo

PhD in Forestry, University of Montana

MS in Environmental Mgmt., University of Pretoria


Libby assists with facilitating the Blackfeet Climate Change Adaptation Plan and coordinating the IUCN Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group.

Prior to joining CLLC, Libby coordinated the 2016 Hands Across Borders workshop, helping to bring 50 transboundary conservation leaders from 6 different continents to Glacier National Park. Other accomplishments include completing an impact assessment for Helena Community Gardens and co-directing the University of Montana’s International Seminar on Protected Areas. She has taught several university courses, including Community-Based Forestry and Conservation, Environment and Development, and Wildland Recreation Management.

Libby has a PhD in Forestry from the University of Montana and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of Pretoria. For her dissertation, Libby assessed how community-based conservation in Namibia impacted women’s empowerment, looking specifically at the spread of conservation benefits (for example, conservation-based jobs) and costs (for example, crop damage by elephants) within a rural community. Her ethnographic research has equipped her to work with diverse groups of people on conservation efforts in Montana and abroad.

In her spare time, Libby loves to hike, garden, sing, dance, and explore.