Heather Koldeway

Head of Marine and Freshwater Conservation, Zoological Society of London

Heather has worked for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) since 1995, and currently serves as Head of Marine and Freshwater Conservation. Heather is an Associate Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter, Cornwall campus. 
Heather develops solutions through interdisciplinary research and conservation action between communities and environment. Examples include Project Seahorse in 1996, recognised as the world’s leading authority on seahorses; and Net-Works, an award-winning project developing a community-based supply chain for discarded fishing nets that are recycled into carpet tiles.  

Heather coordinates the Bertarelli Programme of Marine Science, an research and conservation programme for large marine reserves,  and the Our Sea Our Life project in northern Mozambique to improve the resilience of coastal ecosystems and community well-being. 

Heather advocates for wider engagement in marine conservation, including Project Ocean, a partnership between Selfridges and ZSL and One Less, a campaign to build a more ocean-friendly society. Heather was made a National Geographic Fellow in 2018 for her expertise in marine plastic pollution.