Adrian Treves

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Adrian Treves earned his B.A. in 1990 in Biology and Anthropology from Rice University and his PhD in 1997 in Behavioral Ecology and Biological Anthropology from Harvard University. After six years working for international wildlife conservation organizations, he returned to applied research.

In 2007, he founded the Carnivore Coexistence Lab at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Adrian’s research focuses on how to balance human needs with wildlife conservation. To study this question, he explores people’s conflicts with large carnivores, particularly livestock predation in the USA and abroad. This line of inquiry includes livestock husbandry, wildlife management, human and carnivore behavior, and methods for mitigating human-carnivore conflicts. In the field, he measures the behavior of problem carnivores using spatial predictive models and people’s responses to and perceptions of conflicts. Adrian and his students conduct fieldwork in Wisconsin (wolves), Ecuador (Andean spectacled bears), and East Africa (lions and hyenas) with a variety of collaborators. For links to his recent research articles on carnivores, compensation, hunting, mitigating human-wildlife conflicts, and co-management, see


Big Question: Who Should Control Wisconsin's Wolf Population? Joy Cardin Show with Adrian Treves


Using evidence and science to inform and engage.


All wildlife belongs to all of us, present and future.

Wildlife as an asset for the broader public.

The broad public interest not being heard?

How to define “uses” for future generations.

Preserving public assets or managing resources?

Authority exaggerates assumptions, not evidence.

Non-selective techniques of property protection.

Collaborative coexistence measures that succeed.

The challenge to see and appreciate wildlife.

Demand accountability. Become an involved citizen.

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