Dr. Harmony Patricio, Conservation Programme Manager
Dr. Harmony Patricio leads the development and roll-out of Shoal in the U.S. and manages freshwater fish conservation programs, in partnership with Global Wildlife Conservation and the IUCN SSC Freshwater Fish Specialist Group. Harmony has over 13 years of experience in conservation research, practice, and policy. She specialises in freshwater biodiversity, and has worked in Australia, Central America, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. She spent six years designing and implementing freshwater fish conservation programmes in the Mekong River Basin, in close collaboration with rural fishing communities, and established the Mekong Fish Network. Her Ph.D. research focused on the development of novel environmental DNA methods to assess river biodiversity and determine distributions of rare fishes, including the critically endangered Mekong giant catfish. Harmony serves on the Freshwater Conservation Committee and Freshwater Fish Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. She is also the Co-Chair of the Freshwater Specialist Group for the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.