Amy Dickman

Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Wild Felid Conservation


Research Interests

I am a conservation biologist, with a particular interest in the maintenance of threatened wildlife populations on human-dominated land and how to resolve human-wildlife conflict. My work focuses mainly upon understanding the drivers of conflict between humans and large carnivores, and how those issues can best be addressed. I also have an interest in wider aspects of carnivore ecology and conservation.

Additional Information

I first became part of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) in 1997, and worked here for six years before conducting my Masters and PhD, and then returned full-time in 2009. WildCRU’s aim is to undertake original research on aspects of fundamental biology relevant to solving practical problems of wildlife conservation and environmental management. Please follow this link for more details about the WildCRU, its projects and staff.

Under my Fellowship, I established the Ruaha Carnivore Project (RCP) ( in southern Tanzania. The Ruaha landscape is globally important for large carnivores, so RCP is examining the ecology and conservation of these populations, with a particular focus upon resolving human-carnivore conflict.

I am a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, the African Lion Working Group, and am currently a James Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont. For further details go to






Selected Publications

  • Creel, S., Becker, M.S., Durant, S.M., M'Soka, J., Matandiko, W., Dickman, A.J.,et al, 2013. Conserving large populations of lions – the argument for fences has holes. Ecology Letters, 16 (11), 1413.

  • Dickman, A. J. 2012. From Cheetahs to Chimpanzees: A Comparative Review of the Drivers of Human-Carnivore Conflict and Human-Primate Conflict. Folia Primatologica 83:377-387.

  • Dickman, A. J., E. A. Macdonald, and D. W. Macdonald. 2011. A review of financial instruments to pay for predator conservation and encourage human-carnivore coexistence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America 108:13937-13944.

  • Dickman, A.J., Hinks, A.E., Macdonald, E.A., Burnham, D., Macdonald, D.W., submitted. More than One Way to Save a Cat: Global Priorities for Felid Conservation. Conservation Biology.

  • Dickman, A. 2010. Complexities of conflict: the importance of considering social factors for effectively resolving human–wildlife conflict. Animal Conservation 13.

  • Lindsey, P., G. Balme, M. Becker, C. Begg, C. Bento, C. Bocchino, A. Dickman, et al. 2013. The bushmeat trade in African savannas: Impacts, drivers and possible solutions. Biological Conservation 160:80-96.

  • Riggio, J., A. Jacobson, L. Dollar, H. Bauer, M. Becker, A. Dickman, P. Funston, R. Groom, P. Henschel, H. de Iongh, L. Lichtenfeld, and S. Pimm. 2013. The size of savannah Africa: a lion's (Panthera leo) view. Biodiversity and Conservation 22:17-35.