Dr Howard P. Nelson

Programme Leader, MSc in Wildlife Conservation

Howard is a tropical wildlife biologist and forester, whose interests include sustainable use of wildlife, threatened species conservation and Neotropical forest ecology.

Qualifications

BSc. (UWI–St. Augustine), M.Phil. (UWI–St. Augustine), PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Overview

I have spent much of my career working on forest and wildlife conservation issues in the Caribbean, including research on threatened and game species, and the policy and management aspects of conservation. After taking an undergraduate degree at the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, I worked for 5 years at Trinidad and Tobago’s Forestry Division, and subsequently at Trinidad’s Ministry of the Environment as a biodiversity policy specialist, focusing on wildlife, forest and national parks policy.

My MPhil research at the University of the West Indies examined the impact of hunting on mammal populations on Trinidad, while my doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison used ecosystem modelling to understand tropical forest community patterns on Trinidad, their response to climate change, implications for wildlife distributions, and public perceptions of these resources.

Prior to coming to Chester I was course coordinator for a regional MSc in biodiversity conservation at the University of the West Indies. I have also worked in the environmental NGO movement as CEO of the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad, and served on several regional boards including as the former President of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (BirdsCaribbean), and Trustee of the Guardian Life Wildlife Trust. I am currently a Director of the Board and Programme Advisor for the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), and serve on the Darwin Initiative’s Experts Committee.

Teaching

Howard is currently the Programme Leader for Postgraduate Wildlife Conservation Programmes and teaches on the undergraduate conservation biology programme.

Research

Currently I have ongoing research on climate change and dry forests in the Caribbean, sustainable hunting of game species in Trinidad and population dynamics of a locally rare orchid in Trinidad. I am interested in supervising PhD projects in the following broad areas: sustainable use of wildlife, threatened species conservation and forest ecology in the Neotropics and Caribbean. Please contact me to discuss potential projects. 

Read about our current citizen science project here!

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Published work

Bhagratty, H., Taylor, K., Lawrence, A., Devenish-Nelson, E.S. and Nelson, H.P. (2013). Population density of silky anteaters (Cyclopes didactylus Xenarthra: Cyclopedidae) in a protected mangrove swamp on the island of Trinidad. Mammalia. 77(4): 447–45.

National Wildlife Policy for Trinidad and Tobago (2012). Participated in the drafting of the Policy.

National Forest Policy for Trinidad and Tobago (2010). Participated in the drafting of the Policy.

National Protected Areas Policy for Trinidad and Tobago (2010). Participated in the drafting of the Policy. 

McGowan, P., Devenish, C., Bobb-Prescott N. and Nelson, H. P. (2010) Pawi Species Recovery Strategy. The Pawi Study Group, World Pheasant Association and Birdlife International. 25pp. 

Lawrence, A and Nelson, H.P. eds. (2010) Proceedings of the 1st Research Symposium on Biodiversity in Trinidad and Tobago. Department of Life Sciences, UWI, St. Augustine, 146p.