I am a conservation biologist, with a particular interest in the maintenance of threatened wildlife populations on human-dominated land and how to resolve human-wildlife conflict. My work focuses mainly upon understanding the drivers of conflict between humans and large carnivores, and how those issues can best be addressed. I also have an interest in wider aspects of carnivore ecology and conservation.
I first became part of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) in 1997, and worked here for six years before conducting my Masters and PhD, and then returned full-time in 2009. WildCRU’s aim is to undertake original research on aspects of fundamental biology relevant to solving practical problems of wildlife conservation and environmental management.
Under my Fellowship, I established the Ruaha Carnivore Project (RCP) in southern Tanzania. The Ruaha landscape is globally important for large carnivores, so RCP is examining the ecology and conservation of these populations, with a particular focus upon resolving human-carnivore conflict.
I am a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, the African Lion Working Group, and am currently a James Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont.