The Karanambu Trust
Dr. Lucy Spelman, Secretary

lucy spelmanDr. Lucy Spelman is a biologist with an unusual background: she is one of a handful of veterinarians certified in zoological medicine. Her patients have included giant pandas in China, Asian elephants in Burma, giant river otters in Guyana and mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

Lucy is also a writer and an educator with a keen interest in exploring new ways to use the arts to communicate and interpret science. She published her first short story in 2008, and co-edited 27 others for The Rhino with Glue-on Shoes. Her second book is due out this fall: a new edition of National Geographic's Animal Encyclopedia.

Currently, she is part-time faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design, a unique position that allows her to collaborate with artists and designers. Additionally, she is a course developer and instructor for the Rhode Island Technology Enhanced Science (RITES) Program.

Outside the classroom, Lucy is the Exotics Specialist at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Her research interest is in the area of one-health medicine, an emerging field of study that examines the interactions between animal, human and environmental health.

After receiving her bachelor's degree in biology at Brown University, Lucy earned her veterinary degree from the University of California at Davis, completed a residency in zoological medicine at North Carolina State University and received her board certification from the American College of Zoological Medicine.

Her passion for science education and outreach stems from her experiences as Field Manager for the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in Rwanda (2006-2009), media consultant for Discovery Communications (2005-2009) and Director of the National Zoo at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (2000-2004.) She has been the subject of various news interviews and television documentaries, and enjoys public speaking.

Lucy's first trip to Guyana was in 1995 and she has visited Karanambu dozens of times since. In 2005 she and Diane published a scientific paper on hand-rearing and rehabilitation of giant river otters. She served as an Advisor to the Trust for several years before becoming a Trustee in January 2010. She is currently Secretary of the board.