Dr. Leslie Ruyle



Dr. Leslie Ruyle is a conservation ecologist, program leader, and educator who has traveled to over 65 countries in her career.  Dr. Ruyle worked as ConDev’s Assistant Director and was particularly interested in understanding the dynamics of conservation and development in regions of conflict. She also helped us promote high-impact experiential student opportunities. She is now serving as Assistant Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M University. She is still engaged in some of our programs.

Previously, she worked at the National Science Foundation-Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Applied Biodiversity Science Program, the Cayos Cochinos Foundation in Honduras, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in South Carolina, and the Baltimore Zoo. Dr. Ruyle received her Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary, a Community-Based Natural Resource Management initiative in northern Ghana.