James L. David Smith
Professor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Email: [email protected]
Ph. D. University of Minnesota
- Som Ale
M.S. Natural Resources Science & Management; Wildlife Ecology & Management
Human-Tiger Conflict Mitigation
M.S. Thesis (2019): Gendered Coping Mechanisms for Human-Tiger Conflict Chitwan National Park, Nepal
In a collaborative project with Nepal's National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and Women Acting Together For Change (WATCH), Samantha's research explores how socially constructed gender roles play a part in human-tiger conflict risk around Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Increased attacks by tigers in buffer zone community forests has resulted in the loss of human life and the removal of adult tigers from the forest. Working with communities in conflict hot-spots, this research investigates what current strategies forest-dependent men and women use to prevent conflicts with tigers. This research is a participatory conservation initiative with the the following goals (1) empowering women and men who depend on tiger-shared jungle to use the forest safely and share their existing knowledge with others, (2) inform collaboratively planned conflict-prevention trainings with existing local-level knowledge on this issue, and (3) reduce conflicts in Chitwan's buffer zone community forests to protect tigers and local people.
Adam Barlow, Ph.D. candidate, Conservation Biology
Tiger survey methods and conservation of tigers in Bangladesh
M.S. Thesis (2004): Monitoring Wild Tiger (Panthera Tigris) Populations: Lessons From a Long-Term Camera Trapping Study in Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal.
Passanan Cutter, M.S. candidate, Conservation Biology
Ecology and Conservation of Fishing Cats in Thailand
Peter G. Cutter, Ph.D. candidate, Conservation Biology
Landscape-scale Wildlife Monitoring and Conservation Planning in Thailand and Cambodia
Narayan Dhakal, Ph.D. candidate, Conservation Biology
Community-based Conservation Approaches to Tiger Conservation in Nepal
Sun Hean, Ph.D. candidate, Conservation Biology
Evaluation of Ecosystem Services in Southwest Cambodia: Implications for Conservation and Development Planning
M.S. Thesis (2000): Status of the Tiger and Its Conversation in Cambodia
Purevjav Lkhagvajav, M.S. candidate, Conservation Biology
Ecology and Conservation of Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) in Southern Mongolia
Ph.D. Thesis (2008): Ecological and Sociological Aspects of Human-Tiger Conflicts in Chitwan National Park, Nepal
M.S. Thesis (2003): Mapping the Meta-Population Structure of Tigers Throughout Nepal By Establishing a Tiger Monitoring Network of "Village Rangers."
PhD, 1996: The Home Range, Feeding Habits, and Social Organization of the Sloth Bears (Melursus ursinus) in Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal
MS, 1996: The Status and Distribution of Small Carnivores in Huai Kha Khaeng/Thung Yai Wildlife Sanctuaries, Central West Thailand
PhD, 1997: The Ecological Separation of Gaur (Bos gaurus) and Banteng (Bos javanicus) in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand
M.S., Conservation Biology
MS, 1998: The Effect of Conservation Reverse Program Grasslands on Ring-Necked Pheasent and Meadowlark Abundance.
MS, 1999: A Socio-Economic Analysis of Residents in the Buffer Zone of Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal
PhD, 1999: Local Residents' Perceptions of Protected Areas in Nepal: Beyond Conflicts and Economics.
MS, 2002: Beyond Pugmarks and Tiger Conservation Units: Where Can Tigers Survive in the Indian Subcontinent? Consequences of the Distribution of Forest and Protected Areas Across the Landscape
PhD, 2003: Ecology and Conservation of Bongo Antelope (Tragelaphus eurycerus) in Lowland Forest, Northern Republic of Congo
PhD, 2005: Relative ungulate abundance in a fragmented landscape: implications for tiger conservation
PhD, 2006: Comparative phylogeography of sympatric wild cats:
implications for biogeography and conservation in Asian biodiversity hotspots