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 was a Lecturer at the University of the West Indies-St Augustine on the MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability in the Caribbean, and Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology and Programme Leader for the Masters in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Chester, in the United Kingdom.
He was CEO of the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad, worked for Trinidad and Tobago’s Forestry Division, and served 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 is a member of the IPBES taskforce on knowledge and data.
Howard has served on the boards of 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’s work in the Caribbean over the past 30 years has also included consulting 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. He is currently Lecturer in Conservation Leadership at Fauna & Flora International, Affiliate Lecturer at the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge and Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, UK.