Who We Are

Current Faculty, Research Staff and Students

Mikael Cejtin
Mikael is a first year Master of Environmental Science candidate. He is interested all things carnivore-related but especially predator-prey dynamics, habitat selection, and human-wildlife conflict. Mikael studied bobcat microhabitat selection for his undergraduate thesis and recently worked on a wolf predation study in Grand Teton National Park. Mikael wants to explore ways to improve carnivore conservation efforts in the face of climate change and habitat development.

Susan G. Clark
Susan is Professor Adjunct of Wildlife Ecology and Policy Sciences at Yale University. Her primary goal in her research and teaching is to improve conservation of species and ecosystems at professional, scientific, organizational, and policy levels. She has conducted field ecological and behavioral research on thirty-five mammals and other species. Susan has worked in North America, Australia, Asia, and Central and South America.  She is a fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. She is member of three IUCN Specialist Groups.

Michael Dove
Michael is Professor of Social Ecology and Anthropology at Yale University.  He spent two years in a tribal longhouse in Borneo studying swidden agriculture, six years as a research adviser in Java studying the formation of government resource policy, and four years in Pakistan advising its Forest Service on social forestry policies.  His current research and teaching interests include biodiversity and human society and the study of developmental and environmental institutions, discourses, and movements.

Tara Meyer
Tara Meyer is completing her Master's of Environmental Sciences at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. For her thesis Tara led a camera and DNA-based study aimed at documenting snow leopards for the first time in western Tajikistan. Tara studies large carnivore behavior, predator-prey interactions and solutions for human-wildlife coexistence across rapidly changing, human-impacted landscapes.

Arthur Middleton
Arthur is a Donnelley Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His research is currently focused on the ecology of wildlife migration and the interactions of large carnivores and their prey. In the northern Rockies, he is studying the effects of wolves, bears, and drought on elk populations, and initiating new research on the major elk migrations of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In the Andes, he is studying the influence of pumas on native camelids and the surrounding landscape at San Guillermo National Park. Arthur often works collaboratively with wildlife managers and other stakeholders to design research that addresses specific management and conservation issues.

Jennifer Miller
Jennie Miller is a PhD Candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her research applies theory on predator-prey interactions to generate hands-on conservation tools that reduce conflict between people and carnivores. Her dissertation research investigates tiger and leopard predation risk on livestock in Kanha Tiger Reserve, India, as a tool for reducing attacks and livelihood losses.

Chadwick Oliver
Chad Oliver is Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He is currently working on landscape approaches to forest management and is involved in the technical tools, the policies, the management approaches, and the educational needs. Chad has considerable experience advising public and private forest resource organizations in the United States and abroad. His work has taken him to all parts of the United States and to Canada, Mexico, Turkey, Nepal, Japan, Thailand, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Ecuador, Germany, and France.

Oswald J. Schmitz
Oz is a Professor of Population and Community Ecology at Yale University.  His research examines the dynamics and structure of terrestrial food webs. His specific focus is on plant-herbivore interactions and how they are shaped by carnivores and soil-nutrient levels, both at the level of herbivore foraging ecology and plant-herbivore population dynamics. His approach involves developing mathematical theories of species interactions in food webs and testing these theories through field experiments. .

Marian Vernon
Marian Vernon is a Master of Environmental Science candidate at Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She is concentrating in wildlife conservation, management, and policy, especially in relation to issues of human-wildlife conflict.  Marian is currently researching elk management in the Jackson Hole region of Wyoming, with a particular focus on the controversial elk reduction program in Grand Teton National Park which has increasingly resulted in conflicts between elk hunters and grizzly bears. Prior to her work at Yale, Marian was a researcher with the Conservation and Science department at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and participated in several ongoing urban wildlife studies. 

Research Affiliates

Luigi Boitani
Luigi is Professor of Conservation Biology and Animal Ecology at Università di Roma “La Sapienza”.  Since 1973, he has been studying wolf ecology and since 1980 has been involved in protected areas design and management in Italy and Africa. Luigi has been consultant, among others, to the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Environment; and the European Commission.  Luigi is President of the Society for Conservation Biology and member of several IUCN Specialist Groups.

Doug Clark
Doug is leading a collaborative international research project intended to improve decision-making in polar bear conservation. Doug spent 11 years with Parks Canada and has considerable hands-on experience managing conflicts between people and polar, grizzly, and black bears.  Doug is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta, Research Affiliate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Scholar-in-Residence at Yukon College in Whitehorse, Yukon, where he is based.

Lydia Dixon
Lydia is the associate director of the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative in Jackson, WY. She holds an A.B. in environmental studies from Dartmouth College and a M.E.M. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Lydia worked on the USFWS’s Wyoming Wolf Recovery Project for several seasons and has a keen interest in canid conservation and coexistence. While at Yale, she also collaborated on a project looking at ecotourism issues in the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve in Central America.

Mike Gibeau
Mike is the grizzly bear specialist for Parks Canada and an adjunct professor in the geography department at the University of Calgary. He investigates the impacts of human activity on grizzly bears and advises decision makers on management of the species in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Mike has spent twenty-five years working in Canadian national parks, originally as a park warden and now as a biologist.  Mike has a Ph.D. in conservation biology from the University of Calgary.

Xuemei Han
Xuemei is a PhD candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. With Professor Chad Oliver, she studies the habitat of Amur tiger. Using an integrated approach of forestry modeling, field surveys, spatial analysis, and remote satellite imaging, she is trying to identify the characteristics which determine the quality of the Amur tiger’s habitat, as well as assess its current habitat and its fluctuation in dynamic forest.  Xuemei grew up in Inner Mongolia.

Richard Harris
Rich is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Montana and Editor of the Scientific Journal Ursus.  He has been studying wildlife conservation in China for more than 20 years as well as in Mongolia.  His research areas include population dynamics, genetic consequences of hunting, conservation approaches and initiatives for large mammals, including snow leopards and bears.  Rich has also developed models to study population dynamics of Yellowstone grizzly bears.

Shafqat Hussain
Shafqat is Professor of Anthropology at Trinity College. He comes from Pakistan where he worked for seven years in the northern mountains of the country on community based rural development and conservation programs. He has worked for Aga Khan Rural Support Program in Skardu and IUCN – Washington as a Ford Foundation Policy Fellow. Shafqat has also designed and initiated an innovative project for snow leopard conservation in northern Pakistan.  He has also been recognized as the 2009 National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

Laly Lichtenfeld
Laly is the executive director of the African People & Wildlife Fund and a research affiliate of Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She has over 10 years of experience in East Africa working with large carnivores, local communities and village-based conservation programs. Laly received a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2005 for her research combining wildlife ecology and social ecology in an interdisciplinary study of human-lion relationships, interactions and conflicts. She is a member of the African Lion Working Group and a recipient of the Fulbright Award.

David Mattson
David Mattson is a Research Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey stationed in Flagstaff, Arizona.  He was also Visiting Faculty at Yale University School of Forestry &  Environmemtnal Studies and MIT. David has studied large carnivores for the last 24 years, focusing on puma ecology and human-puma interactions in Arizona, and the conservation and behavioral ecology of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone ecosystem of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.  David is also working on broad scale evaluations of habitat conditions.

Steve Primm
Steve is a Research Associate with the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative.  He has over a decade of experience in field science and conservation planning for large carnivores. Since 1996 his emphasis has been on field research and on participatory conservation planning in southwest Montana. He participates actively on the Linkage Zone Working Group of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and serves as a member of the Montana Grizzly Plan Working Group.

Richard Reading
Rich is the director of conservation biology at the Denver Zoological Foundation and an associate research professor at the University of Denver, where he teaches and advises graduate students. A major focus of Rich’s research has been on developing interdisciplinary approaches to conservation. Rich has conducted research or consulted on conservation projects in several countries on 5 continents, primarily the Great Plains of the U.S. and the Gobi Desert of Mongolia.  He earned his Ph.D. in wildlife ecology from Yale in 1993

Tatjana Rosen
Tanya is Research Associate with the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative and consultant for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).  She has been working with brown bears in the GYE since 2005. She is editor of the International Bear News, a newsletter of the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) and Vice-Chair of the IUCN WCPA Transboundary Specialist Group.

Murray Rutherford
Murray is an Assistant Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.  He is a policy scientist whose research focuses on the human dimensions of environmental policy and planning. Murray is currently working on several studies of human values and attitudes about species and ecosystems at risk in Canada and the United States. He is also involved in research examining interdisciplinary problem solving and large carnivore conservation policy.

Julie Stein
Julie is a Conservation Biologist (MES Yale 2000) and consultant and has worked on large carnivore conservation in the Greater Yellowstone region, as well as on African endangered species conservation issues.  Julie is one of the founding Steering Committee members of the Human Wildlife Conflict Collaboration (HWCC) where she is helping to develop a Conservation & Conflict Training program.  In 2006 Julie also co-founded the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) and now serves as Secretary of the Board.

Kelly J. Stoner
Kelly completed her Master of Environmental Science degree at F&ES in 2014. In her work, Kelly has hand-raised orphan cheetah cubs in Namibia with the Cheetah Conservation Fund, assessed attitudes toward carnivores in rural Botswana as a Fulbright Fellow, and designed and launched a long-term carnivore monitoring program for the African People & Wildlife Fund in northern Tanzania. She is a member of the 2015-2016 class of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program.

Gary Tabor
Gary is director of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation. He also established and directed the Wilburforce Foundation’s Yellowstone to Yukon field office in Montana and in 1999 designed one of the first conservation science grant making programs in western North America. His conservation background includes eight years of international conservation work in East Africa and South America.  Gary is currently the NGO representative on the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology.

Rebecca Watters
Rebecca has a Master’s of Environmental Science degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and currently works for the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative in Jackson, Wyoming.  She spent two and a half years in Mongolia and a year and a half in Cambodia, working on wildlife conservation and environmental education. She has also worked in Bosnia and India on human rights and refugee issues, and studied the interactions between humans and wildlife in Kenya and Tanzania.

Jason Wilmot
Jason has been the Executive Director of the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative since 2003. He obtained a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Jason helped develop and initiate the Glacier Wolverine Ecology Project, a partnership between the U.S. Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. Jason is a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow and is also the lead field coordinator for the Absaroka-Beartooth Wolverine Project.

Seth Wilson
Seth is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Research Associate with the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative.  Seth is also Affiliate Faculty at University of Montana.  His research and applied efforts focus on large carnivore conservation, policy and human-wildlife conflict.  He is currently working on a multi-year research project involving a community supported conservation plan to reduce human-grizzly bear and wolf conflicts and bear mortality on private agricultural land in Montana.

Siew Te Wong
Wong has been studying and working on the ecology and conservation of the sun bear in Malaysia for the past 10 years. He is a PhD candidate at University of Montana in Missoula, USA. His pioneer studies on sun bear ecology in Borneo raised conservation awareness for this little known bear species. Wong is currently the CEO and founder of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center based in Sabah, Malaysia Borneo. Wong is also member of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group.

Gao Yufang

Gao is Executive Director of the Everest Snow Leopard Conservation Center based in Tibet, China. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Peking University and an M.E.Sc from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Since 2008 he has been working on the Tibetan Plateau. He has also researched into the illegal ivory trade in Africa and is actively engaged in elephant conservation. Currently Gao is leading an innovative initiative that aims to promote coexistence between snow leopards and local residents along the northern slopes of the Great Himalayan Region.