Kathy is the Research Manager and Senior Scientist of Operation Wallacea’s Mexico project. Kathy works for the UK office, but is based in Mexico year round. Kathy has lived and worked in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico for 15 years, which started with her doctoral research on wild spider monkeys back in 2002. Having fallen in love with the extensive jungle and beautiful beaches of the Yucatan, Kathy decided that moving back to the UK was not something that she ever want to do! Kathy’s first experience with Operation Wallacea was as a research assistant on the Indonesian expedition in 2000 when she had just finished her undergraduate degree at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). Kathy then joined the expedition the following year to collect data for her MSc thesis on Buton macaques awarded by the University of Liverpool. Kathy says that Operation Wallacea opened her eyes to the wonder of field work! From Indonesia, Kathy travelled out to Mexico to the Punta Laguna Reserve where she spent two wonderful years running around with wild spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi yucatanensis), collecting data for her PhD (University of Liverpool) focused on the regulation of social relationships with specific reference to sexual selection theory, and biological markets theory of behavioural exchanges.