William (Willy) Marthy’s passion for nature has been nurtured since a very young age, when his parents brought him to enjoy and appreciate nature and wildlife during their holidays in X and Y. This brought him to choose birds as his main area of research at the University of Indonesia where he completed his bachelor degree, and continued through his masters at the Australian National University and PhD research on the ecology of bird communities in degraded Sumatran rainforest in the University of Goettingen (Germany).
He completed his PhD in February 2014. Willy has been working in biodiversity conservation in Indonesia since 1998 for various conservation NGOs before joining the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in 2014. He is currently managing WCS’s largest program in Sumatra covering biodiversity monitoring, Wildlife Response Unit which deals with Human-Wildlife Conflicts (mainly tiger, elephant and orangutan), and improving protected area management through enhanced patrolling systems, capacity building and strategic planning.
Willy manages a team of 80 staff and oversees support to four protected areas in Sumatra, covering > 5 million ha of forest, which are strongholds for the long-term survival of several critically endangered species (including Sumatran tiger, Rhino, Elephant, and Orangutan).