Mike Chase, (PhD), has been studying the ecology of elephants in Botswana for nearly 15 years, and in 2007, was the first Motswana to read for a doctorate specifically in elephant ecology.

Much of his childhood was spent in the bush accompanying his father on safaris. Eager to conserve Africa’s wildlife and wild places, Chase embarked on an academic career in conservation ecology.

After earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Natal, he returned home to Botswana, where he spent eight years with Conservation International working to conserve the Okavango Delta and its rich wildlife. It was his passion for elephants, which, in 2001, ultimately led him to start an ambitious study on the ecology and movements of elephants. He received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts in natural resources and wildlife conservation. During his studies he founded Elephants without Borders to continue his lifelong endeavor.

Mike is continuously searching for novel and creative ideas for progressive research, which will impact conservation in a timely and meaningful way. He has provided new data on the status of elephants and other wildlife identified cross-border corridors, discovered new migration routes and has published his work in scientific journals, magazines and news articles. Presently he is the principal researcher leading and coordinating the massive initiative of the Great Elephant Census, which will take place in twenty-one countries during 2014.