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Degrees and Honours

BSc and MPhil in Zoology at the University of the West Indies, PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Forestry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison


Howard Nelson is a Trinidadian ecologist and wildlife biologist. Nelson earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of the West Indies and his doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

He was the CEO and Conservation Manager at the Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad, between 2003 and 2008. He went on to help establish and become the programme lead of a regional masters programme at the University of the West Indies, the MSc Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Caribbean. From 2014, he worked at the University of Chester, where he was a senior lecturer in conservation. In 2019, he joined Fauna and Flora International as a lecturer on the MPhil degree in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge.

He currently serves on several national and international committees including the DEFRA’s Darwin Expert Committee, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ Data and Knowledge Task Force, the board of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute and the Global Diversity Foundation. As a member of cabinet appointed committees, he co-led the writing of the new National Wildlife, National Forest and National Protected Areas Policies for Trinidad and Tobago. His research focuses on three broad themes, understanding patterns of wildlife populations over time and space, socio ecological dimensions of wildlife use and the science-policy interface of protected areas and wildlife management.