Growing up mostly in Africa had a profound impact on Valerie Kosheleff’s values and professional pursuits. Witnessing wondrous natural ecosystems as well as firsthand pollution and wildlife poaching, influenced her to pursue science and wildlife conservation from a young age. Beginning with the last rhinoceros and elephant poaching crisis in the late eighties, she continued to dedicate her life to studying and protecting nature through science, advocacy and photography. Specifically, her lab and field research includes studies on the conservation of black rhinos, same-sex flamingo pair-bonding, ape and human Shmorl’s nodes, ape shoulder bone density, sexual selection, copulatory plugs, wild chimpanzee behavior, temperature’s influence on activity budget, fruit fly cloning, Australian reptilian distribution, Pacific sea turtle mortality, and osmolarity in dry eye disease.

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Outside the wildlife and evolutionary biology work, Valerie has been active in the biotech, webtech and cleantech startup fields; has published writing on sustainable products and regulation, co-hosted and co-produced a radio show on eco-friendly businesses and the importance of sustainability called “Eco Business Hour”; and was asked to be the CEO of a nonprofit (now on hold) aiming to host an international competition to devise one algorithm for calculating environmental and sustainability impact called CCRE GreenScore.

Currently, she is working on her book and screenplay on her 2013-2014 year in Tanzania and Kenya independently researching and exploring solutions to curb the current rhinoceros and elephant poaching crisis, but spends most of her time running the new nonprofit, Join The Wild Life / Save A Horny Friend Foundation, which she launched in 2015 to use innovative technological and educational approaches to curb the poaching of wildlife, with a primary focus on African elephants and rhinoceros.

Valerie graduated with honors from Philips Exeter Academy, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Physical Anthropology and Psychology from Case Western Reserve University, and earned a Master of Science in Evolutionary Biology from studying and publishing on how temperature affects wild chimpanzees in Uganda, through the Jane Goodall Research Center at the University of Southern California.  She also completed a certification in Sustainable Business Practice, trained as an Energy Efficiency Sales Professional, and received Fellowships to both writing courses: The OpEd Project and Robert McKee’s STORY Screenplay Seminar.

A perpetual problem solver and an environmental advocate in the community, Valerie has lived in California and East Africa for the last 13 years, loves knowledge, puzzles, wildlife, improving the world, sailing, photography, and continues to her expertise and leadership skills for conservation and education.



Kosheleff VP and Anderson CN, June 2009. Temperature’s Influence on the activity budget, terrestriality, and sun exposure of chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest, Uganda. Am J of Phys Anth, Vol 139, No. 2: 172-181.


Sullivan BD, et al., Dec 2010. An Objective Approach to Dry Eye Disease Severity. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci, Vol. 51 no. 12: 6125-6130.


Sullivan BD, et al., Apr 2012. Clinical Utility of Objective Tests for Dry Eye Disease: Variability Over Time and Implications for Clinical Trials and Disease Management. Cornea. 2012 Sep; 31(9):1000-8.




Kosheleff, V. Oct 2013. Tanzanian Safari Guides Lead the World in Elephant Anti-Poaching March.


Kosheleff, V. March 2013. 2013: The Year of the VolksBulb.


Kosheleff, V. Dec 2012. Dozens of Cutting-Edge Products and Solutions Showcased at GreenBuild 2012 Expo. Sustainable Life Media.


Kosheleff, V. March 2011. Energy All-Start Awards Energize Audience. Environmental Radio.


Kosheleff, V. Jan 2011. The Lowdown on Labeling: The Green Guides & Certification Groups. US Green Chamber of Commerce.


Kosheleff, V. Dec 2010. California’s Cap-and-Trade 101. US Green Chamber of Commerce.


Kosheleff, V. Oct 2004. October’s Fest at Sonso. Budongo Forest Project Newsletter.