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Principal Investigators/Scientists

Gay Edwards Reinartz

Gay Edwards Reinartz, Ph.D.
Recognized internationally for her work in bonobo conservation, Dr. Reinartz is the BCBI program director and the conservation coordinator for the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Dr. Reinartz also serves as the coordinator of the Bonobo Species Survival Plan for North America, a captive bonobo breeding and management consortium for North American zoological institutions. She received her doctorate in evolutionary biology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her master’s and baccalaureate degrees from Duke University.


Patrick Guislain

Patrick Guislain, M.Sc.
Mr. Guislain is BCBI’s field site coordinator. Prior to joining BCBI in 2005, he worked with the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp in Cameroon and Belgium to study chimpanzee and lowland gorilla socio-ecology. Mr. Guislain received his master’s and baccalaureate degrees in psychology from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.


DR Congo Team

ICCN Guards Supported by BCBI
Salonga National Park

  • Etate Research Station/Patrol Post
    • Etate guards (8-10)
  • Lotulo Patrol Post
    • Lotulo guards (8)
  • Biondo Biondo Patrol Post
    • Biondo Biondo guards (9)
  • Watsi Kengo Park headquarters
    • Watsi Kengo guards

US Team

Brigham Whitman, BCBI program specialist
Brigham WhitmanBrigham assists with BCBI research through database management, data analysis, mapping, report preparation, and logistical field support. Brigham earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in biology from Clark University in Worcester, MA where he performed his capstone thesis research on three-spine stickleback and fire ecology. He then went on to work for two years as a field assistant with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology where he assisted projects researching Assamese macaque feeding ecology in Phu Khieo, Thailand and bonobo behavior in Luikotale, Democratic Republic of Congo. Brigham later earned a Master of Science Degree in ecology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. His master’s thesis research was on white-tailed deer movement and habitat interactions in relation to mortality risk in central New York.

Christina Eichmeier
Christina Eichmeier, office manager and BCBI accounts manager

Christina has accounting, administrative and operational responsibilities for BCBI. A native of Ohio and graduate of The Ohio State University, she spent 8 years of her career working in Chicago for several non-profit organizations dedicated to improving animal welfare. Christina has a demonstrated passion for animals. She considers working for BCBI and the ZSM as the culmination of her previous quests to be an active contributor to wildlife conservation.

Auriana Gilliland-Lloyd, conservation assistant
Auriana Gilliland-LloydAuriana provides administrative support to the Bonobo Species Survival Plan (SSP), and also assists in day-to-day operations for the Conservation Department. Auriana brings diverse experience to BCBI and the SSP including a working knowledge of non-profit administrations and zoos, as well as training in conservation and field work. Auriana graduated with her master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, studying hormonal and behavioral differences between vervet monkeys undergoing rehabilitation in South Africa. Auriana also earned a graduate certificate in nonprofit management focusing on nonprofit accounting, development and grant writing.

Margaret Fuller LeyerMargaret Fuller Leyer, office assistant

Margaret began working with the ZSM in 2006 as a membership services assistant in the Communications, Marketing, and Membership Department. In 2011, she moved to her current position as office assistant for the Education and Conservation departments.



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