Ozgun Emre Can

Postdoctoral Researcher, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit


Research Interests

Ozgun Emre Can is a conservation biologist at WildCRU, University of Oxford. His current research focuses on the ecology of clouded leopards and leopards in the Himalayas, human-wolf interactions in Central Asian societies, and on fostering transdisciplinary mindsets in conflict management and carnivore conservation. 
Emre has been working in wildlife conservation since the 1990s, collaborating with major international organizations such as WWF, Birdlife, UNDP. His approach is to design and implement problem-oriented studies to address applied, real-world conservation issues, and to propose science-based solutions to the problems faced by carnivores, including grey wolves, brown bears, striped hyaena and leopards. He has worked with diverse groups - from fellow researchers to remote communities and governmental policy makers - to effect positive change for people and carnivores across countries including Turkey, Greece, US, Romania, Georgia and Nepal.
From 1996-2011, Emre assisted the national wildlife authority in Turkey to establish a countrywide mammal monitoring system, modernize wildlife management and conservation legislation, improve the conservation status of grey wolves, striped hyaena and leopards, initiate national efforts to manage human bear conflict and undertake countrywide habitat restoration efforts for wildlife. Emre has also contributed to cross-boundary nature protection efforts in the Caucasus, worked to strengthen the IUCN network in Central Asia as co-chair of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group South Asia Brown Bear Expert Team and played a key role in the establishment of the IUCN BSG Human-Bear Conflict Expert Team. He has trained students and wildlife managers in techniques for surveying rare species in remote environments and for managing human-wildlife conflicts, and also worked to produce educational materials and TV documentaries.
Emre is a council member of the International Association for Bear Research and Management, a member of the IUCN Wolf, Bear, Canid, Hyaena, Deer Specialist Groups, a member of the IUCN SSC/WCPA Protected Areas and Biodiversity Task Force, and a former board member of the Society for Conservation Biology Europe Section. 



Email: emre.can@zoo.ox.ac.uk



Selected Publications

  • Can, Ö. E., D’Cruze, N., Balaskas, M., Macdonald, D. W. 2017. Scientific crowdsourcing in wildlife research and conservation: Tigers (Panthera tigris) as a case study. PLOS Biology. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2001001

  • Can, O. E., Macdonald, D. W. 2016. To protect everything, please click here: does a revolution in data collection guarantee one in conservation? Animal Conservation. DOI: 10.1111/acv.12285

    Can O. E., D’Cruze N., Garshelis D. L., Beecham J., Macdonald D. W. 2014. Resolving human-bear conflict: a global survey of countries, experts, and key factors. Conservation Letters. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12117

    Can, O. E. 2014. Better to be a Beast than Evil: Human–Wolf Interaction and Putting Central Asia on the Map. In Convery, I., Corsane, G., Davis, P. (editors) Displaced Heritage: Dealing with Disaster and Suffering. Boydell & Brewer Ltd., Suffolk, UK. 

    D'Cruze N., Sawyer J., Benares J. U., Ruth D. V., Farrance D., Megson S., Can O. E. 2013. First wild images of the visayan spotted deer and visayan warty pig. Oryx. 47 (1).

    Can O. E., Kandemir I., Togan I. 2011. The wildcat Felis silvestris in northern Turkey: assessment of status using camera trapping. Oryx 45:112-118. 

    Sekercioglu C. H., Anderson S., Akcay E., Bilgin R., Can O.E., Semiz G., Tavsanoglu C., Yokes M.B., Soyumert A., Ipekdal K., Saglam I., Yücel M., Dalfes N. 2011. Turkey's globally important biodiversity in crisis. Biological Conservation 144:2752-2769. 

    Can O. E., Togan I. 2009. Camera trapping of large mammals in Yenice Forest, Turkey: local information versus camera traps. Oryx 43:427-430. 

    Pullin A. S., Baldi A., Can O. E., Dieterich M., Kati V., Livoreil B., Lovei G., Mihok B., Nevin O., Selva N., Sousa-Pinto I. 2009. Conservation Focus on Europe: Major Conservation Policy Issues That Need to Be Informed by Conservation Science. Conservation Biology 23:818-824.