Ph.D. University of Wyoming (Ecology), M.E.M. Yale University (Biodiversity and ecosystems), B.A. Bowdoin College (English and government)
Arthur studies the ecology of wildlife populations and communities, works to increase public understanding of ecological science, and strives to help improve ecosystem management. Much of Arthur's current work is in the northern Rockies and the southern Andes. In Wyoming, he is studying the effects of wolves, bears, and drought on the elk of the Absaroka Range, and working with state and federal partners to conduct new research on the demography and behavior of the nine major migratory elk populations of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). In Argentina, he is collaborating with federal and provincial partners to study the influence of puma predation on vicuñas, condors, and the surrounding landscape of the San Guillermo Biosphere Reserve.
Arthur often works with wildlife and land management agencies to design projects that address specific conservation challenges. Along with photojournalist Joe Riis, he was awarded the 2013 Camp Monaco Prize for collaborative efforts to link research and public outreach on the subject of trans-boundary wildlife migrations in the GYE. In addition to its research products, this project will culminate in a traveling museum exhibit, developed in partnership with the Draper Museum of Natural History and the Whitney Western Art Museum at Wyoming's Buffalo Bill Center of the West, to open in 2016.
Arthur completed his Ph.D. in 2012 at the University of Wyoming and a master's of environmental management at Yale University in 2007. Prior to receiving his ecological training, Arthur worked as a raptor biologist and falconer in the U.S., Europe, and Central America.
Arthur is also a research associate with both the Wyoming Migration Initiative and the Draper Museum of Natural History at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.