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 black rhinoceros conservation at the age of 15, 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 sustainability and “green” fields, Valerie has been very active in the biotech, webtech and cleantech startup field, and has published writing on sustainable products and regulation, as well as co-hosted and co-produced “Eco Business Hour” on KCBQ and, a radio show on eco-friendly businesses and the importance of sustainability. She is currently exploring writing screenplays on both a historical topic in science and the African poaching crisis devastating the elephant and rhinoceros populations.

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 having studied wild chimpanzees in Uganda through the Jane Goodall Research Center at the University of Southern California.  More recently, she completed a certification in Sustainable Business Practice, and trained as an Energy Efficiency Sales Professional.

A perpetual problem solver, an environmental advocate in the community, and a museumophile, Valerie had been living in California and Arusha for the last 10 years, loves knowledge, wildlife, improving the world, sailing, art and photography, and now uses her expertise for conservation and education in East Africa.



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.