The WWF Arctic Programme

Sybille Klenzendorf

Managing Director, Species Conservation Program


Dr. Sybille Klenzendorf is a Senior Species Conservation Expert for the WWF network. In her current role, Sybille provides intellectual and operational leadership for the WWF Arctic Program on polar bear conservation issues with a focus on polar bear human conflict and population ecology and management. Her work includes technical advisor for field projects, writing proposals and reports, media relations, and interagency communications. From 2007-2013 she was the Managing Director for WWF US Species Conservation and Wildlife Trade Programs.

Before coming to WWF, Sybille served as a research scientist, for the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at Virginia Tech University, where she studied black bear ecology and management in Virginia for her PhD. She also worked for a team in Europe to design an Austrian brown bear management plan, and in Pakistan to conserve the Himalayan Brown Bear, which earned her an M.S. degree. Her first conservation jobs took her to Alaska as a wildlife biologist in Alaska’s Katmai National Park, and a resource scientist with the Bureau of Land Management. A native German, Sybille came to the United States in 1991 and has continued to work internationally finding innovative solutions in wildlife conservation.

Sybille received her doctorate and master’s in wildlife science at Virginia Tech. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from George Mason University.