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James Marsh Professors-at-Large Program

Biography: Amy Dickman

Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Felid Conservation
Pembroke College, University of Oxford

Wednesday, April 16, 2014: Warriors, Witchcraft & Women: Carnivore Ecology and Conservation In Tanzania's Ruaha Landscape

Amy DickmanAmy Dickman is the Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Felid Conservation at Oxford University and has over 15 years experience working on large carnivores in Africa, specializing in big cats and human-carnivore conflict mitigation. She has an MSc from Oxford University and a PhD from University College London and has authored over 30 scientific papers and book chapters on large carnivore ecology and conservation. She is a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group and the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration, is a National Geographic Explorer, and serves as an Expert on National Geographic Expeditions. She helped create the Global Cheetah Action Plan, the Regional Conservation Strategies for cheetahs and African wild dogs in Eastern and Southern Africa, and National Action Plans for carnivores in Kenya, Tanzania, and Southern Sudan. In 2011, she was awarded the Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation.

Dr. Dickman established the Ruaha Carnivore Project, based in southern Tanzania, in 2009. The Ruaha landscape is one of the most important areas in the world for lions, leopards, and cheetahs, but has been largely ignored by researchers, hindering the development of conservation plans. In addition, it has the highest rate of lion killing documented in East Africa, because lions and other carnivores impose high costs on poverty-stricken local people. Dr. Dickman and her Tanzanian team are researching the ecology of these vital populations and working to reduce the pressing threat of human-carnivore conflict in this critical area. The project focuses upon reducing carnivore attacks, providing local communities with real benefits from carnivore presence, and training the next generation of local conservation leaders.

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