Howard Quigley

Howard Quigley is the Director of Western Hemisphere Programs at Panthera, focusing on jaguars and cougars. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and his doctorate from the University of Idaho. He worked as an assistant professor in the University of Maryland system (Frostburg State) before returning to Idaho to become President of the Hornocker Wildlife Institute at the University of Idaho. After the Hornocker Institute merged with the Wildlife Conservation Society, he directed the WCS Global Carnivore Program until 2002. His work with carnivores has included field studies of cougars in central Idaho, giant pandas in China, jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal, and Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East. His current cougar field project, the Teton Cougar Project, in the southern Yellowstone ecosystem, focuses on predator-prey interactions, cougar population dynamics, and cougar interactions with other large carnivores. In this latter aspect of the work, he coordinates a combined effort with other scientists to examine the interactions of wolves, grizzly bears, cougars, and black bears. This information will be used to improve our understanding of carnivore “guilds” and to inform and develop long-term conservation and management plans for large carnivores. In his current work with Panthera, Howard is also conducting a review and evaluation of cougar science and conservation efforts in the state of California. He is a member of the I.U.C.N. Cat Specialist Group and consults on a variety of carnivore issues, including jaguar recovery in the U.S., cougar-human interactions, and jaguar-rancher conflicts in Latin America. Dr. Quigley serves on graduate committees at five universities and has assisted in the completion of more than twenty graduate students through his graduate committee activities. He is the author of more than thirty scientific publications and popular articles.