Dr Andy Loveridge

Research Interests

My research interests include behavioural ecology, conservation and management of African carnivores. My D.Phil. research was on the competitive relationship of two sympatric species of African jackal (Canis mesomelas and C. adustus). Since 1999 I have worked on the ecology, conservation and management of African lions (Panthera leo), with a well established, long term study site in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. This study has a number of foci, including the ecology of lions in an arid-dystrophic savannah ecosystem, impacts and management of sustainable use (trophy hunting), ecology of human-wildlife conflict and landscape ecology (landscape genetics, habitat corridors and regional conservation).

The project works closely with local wildlife and conservation managers and we aim to contribute to and influence management policy. I collaborate closely with scientists from the CNRS Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive laboratory in Lyon, France. More recent research (funded by a Darwin Initiative for Biodiversity Grant) has included studies of ecology, distribution and management of African leopard (P. pardus).

I currently co-supervise three D.Phil. students undertaking research on aspects of lion and leopard ecology and conservation. I also supervise several undergraduate research projects in the same field each year. With David Macdonald I edited ‘The Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids' (2010, Oxford University Press).

Selected Publications

Loveridge, A. J., M. Valiex, N. Elliot and D. W. Macdonald (2016). "The landscape of anthropogenic mortality: how African lions respond to spatial variation in risk." Journal of Applied Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12794.

Loveridge, A. J., M. Valiex, G. Chapron, Z. Davidson, G. Mtare and D. W. Macdonald (2016). "Conservation of large predator populations: demographic and spatial responses of African lions to the intensity of trophy hunting." Biological Conservationhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.10.024.

Barthold, J., A. J. Loveridge, D. W. Macdonald, C. Packer and F. Colchero (2016). "Bayesian estimates of male and female African lion mortality for future use in population management." Journal of Applied Ecology 53: 295-304

Barthold, J., C. Packer, A. J. Loveridge, D. W. Macdonald and F. Colchero (2016). "Dead or gone? Bayesian inference on mortality for the dispersing sex." Ecology and Evolution 6(14): 4910-4923

Macdonald, D. W., P. J. Johnson, A. J. Loveridge, D. Burnham and A. Dickman (2016). "Conservation or the moral high ground: Siding with Bentham or Kant." Conservation Letters9(4): 307-308

Miller, J. R. B., G. A. Balme, P. A. Lindsey, A. J. Loveridge, M. S. Becker, C. M. Begg, H. Brink, S. Dolrenry, J. E. Hunt, I. Jansson, D. W. Macdonald, R. Mandisodza, A. Oriol-Cotterill, C. Packer, D. Rosengren, K. Stratford, M. Trinkel, P. A. White, C. Winterbach, H. Winterbach and P. J. Funston (2016). "Aging traits and sustainable trophy hunting of African lions." Biological Conservation 201: 160-168

Williams, V., A. J. Loveridge, D. Newton and D. W. Macdonald (2015). "Tiger bone trade could threaten lions." Nature 523: 290

Creel, S., M. S. Becker, D. Christensen, E. Droge, N. Hammerschlag, M. J. Hayward, U. Karanth, A. J. Loveridge, D. W. Macdonald, W. Matandiko, J. M'Soka, D. L. Murray, E. Rosenblatt and P. Schuette (2015). "Questionable policy for large carnivore hunting." Science 350(6267): 1473-1475.