Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
The Trouble with Tigers: Collaborating with Students to Protect and Restore Endangered Species
Populations of wild tigers (Panthera tigris) are declining in most tiger range states. Fewer than 3,500 wild tigers may remain in Asia, while twice as many live in captivity in the United States. Nyhus and his students have used GIS and other tools to explore where and how to protect and restore wild tigers, and they have studied the challenges and policy implications of tiger-human conflict in the wild and in captivity.
Professor Nyhus earned his Ph.D. in land resources from the University of Wisconsin. His interdisciplinary research bridges the natural and social sciences to address human interactions with the environment. Nyhus and his students address policy and spatial dimensions of land and environmental conservation, human-wildlife conflict, and endangered species conservation, particularly tiger conservation. Nyhus has authored or edited more than 50 articles, chapters, and books. He coedited Tigers of the World and is series editor for Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes. Current co-convener of the North America Regional Network of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, he is a member of multiple networks and specialist groups.