Dr Elvina Henriette is a Seychellois Docteur du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, who specialised in ecology at the ‘Institut d’Ecologie et de Gestion de la Biodiversité’ (Conservation des Espèces, restauration et Suivi des Populations; UMR 7204). She also holds a Master degree from Université de la Réunion and a BSc degree from the University of East Anglia (UK). Her areas of expertise and interests include birds and other terrestrial vertebrates, invasive species, freshwater fishes, botany, mangrove and wetlands. She has worked with the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UK), and for many years in Seychelles as a conservation biologist and practitioner with the Seychelles Ministry of Environment and Gérard Rocamora, and later as an independent consultant with private islands, the Seychelles National History Museum and local NGOs.
Over the last 15 years, she has accumulated substantial experience in the management of invasive species, notably plants and invertebrates, species reintroductions, faunistic inventories and island restoration techniques. She has worked as coordinator of the Environmental Science BSc degree development at the University of Seychelles, and is a co-founder of its Island Biodiversity & Conservation centre, and of the Terrestrial Restoration Action Society of Seychelles. She is also a member of the Reintroduction Specialist Group and a collaborator of the Invasive Species Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission of IUCN, and a licensed bird ringer of SAFRING (Cape Town University). Dr Henriette is fluent in the three national languages of Seychelles. Leading zoologist of the Key Biodiversity Areas inventory for Seychelles, she has authored or co-authored a variety of scientific publications and technical reports on birds, plants, corals, mangroves, invasive species and wildlife in general.