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David Wilkie

Director, Conservation Support

Wildlife Conservation Society


As director of Conservation Support for the Wildlife Conservation Society, David Wilkie seeks to strengthen the practice and impact of WCS conservation worldwide. Wilkie joined WCS in 2001 and has lead efforts to ensure that WCS field programs identify explicit conservation objectives and tactically monitor and report their conservation progress.

Wilkie is also a founder of the Conservation Measures Partnership, a member of the WCS Institutional Review Board for protection of human subjects, a former co-chair of the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force, and he helped to establish the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights.

Wilkie has more than 30 years of experience working in international conservation in Central Africa, Central and South America, and Asia. He is a wildlife ecologist with a post-doctoral anthropology specialization in the socioeconomic drivers of natural resource use practices.

His work covers the impacts of trade and the commercialization of non-timber forest products on forest conservation; the role that logging plays in the commercial wildlife trade; the role that income, prices, and taste preferences play in determining demand for wildlife; the use of conditional direct payments as a tool for biodiversity conservation in developing countries; and the use of satellite imagery and spatial simulations to model present and future tropical forest loss.

He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles and books.

Focus: Conservation, Culture, Environment, Food, Human Rights, Science, Sustainability, Trade, Africa, Americas, Asia, Global

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Last Updated: Dec 18, 2013

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