Fauna and Flora International
Howard P. Nelson earned his BSc. and MPhil. in Zoology at the University of the West Indies – St Augustine, and a dual PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Forestry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Howard is a Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology and Programme Leader for the Master’s in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Chester, in the United Kingdom. He was CEO of the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad, and worked as a policy specialist on wildlife, forests and protected areas for Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of the Environment. Dr. Nelson currently serves as a member of the Darwin Expert Committee of the UK government’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and has served on the boards of several global and regional NGOs including the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), BirdsCaribbean and The Global Diversity Foundation. He and his students work on diverse conservation questions in the Caribbean including genetics of Grenada dove, abundance and distribution of Trinidadian cetaceans, climate-change impacts on dry forests and sustainable hunting. Howard has worked in the Caribbean for almost 30 years, including as a consultant for the FAO and UNDP, and his specialities include wildlife, forest and protected areas policy, planning and management, sustainable wildlife use, endangered species conservation, ecotourism and conservation training.