John Goodrich, PhD

Senior Director, Tiger Program
John Goodrich

John Goodrich serves as the Senior Tiger Program Director for Panthera. In this role, Dr. Goodrich leads the direction of range-wide tiger conservation programs across Asia through Panthera’s Tigers Forever program and Save the Tiger Fund, including projects carried out with local and regional partners in India, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Indonesia and Russia.

Acknowledged as one of the world’s preeminent tiger biologists who also serves on the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, Dr. Goodrich joins the ranks of Panthera with a robust 25 years of experience in wildlife research and conservation focused on Siberian tigers and other large carnivores. Prior to joining Panthera, Dr. Goodrich served as a Conservation Scientist for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Asia Program and the Chief Field Coordinator for WCS’ Siberian Tiger Project for a total of 17 years.

In these positions, Goodrich directed and advised research and conservation projects on Siberian tigers in the Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Reserve of the Russian Far East, including the world’s longest running radio-telemetry based tiger research and conservation efforts. Through radio-tracking of more than 60 tigers since 1992, Dr. Goodrich has studied the species’ social structure, land use patterns, food habits, reproduction, mortality, and relationship with other species, including humans. Goodrich has additionally implemented conservation projects on behalf of Amur leopards, Asiatic black bears, brown bears, Eurasian lynx and other species throughout Asia and the world.

Partnering with national and local governments and NGOs, Goodrich has carried out applied research on these species, community ecology and behavior, telemetry monitoring, human-carnivore conflict management, wildlife threat analyses, and capacity building through the training of wildlife scientists and anti-poaching law enforcement patrols. The results of this work have been disseminated in nearly 80 scientific and 40 popular publications in English and Russian.

Since 2008, Dr. Goodrich has been based in Laos as a WCS Asia Program Regional Advisor and Lao PDR Program Science and Monitoring Advisor with a particular focus on the monitoring of tigers and their threats. Goodrich has extensive experience on carnivore capture and anesthesia, including most recently undertaking the world's first captures of snow leopards in Afghanistan.

Dr. Goodrich is currently writing a popular book on human-tiger conflict in Russia and has been featured in the award winning book by John Vaillant The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival. He has appeared in several television documentaries in English and Russian, most notably ‘In the Shadow of the Siberian Tiger’ shown on the Discovery Channel and ‘Tigers: Fighting Back’ featured on the National Geographic Channel. Dr. Goodrich’s wildlife photographs have been widely published in popular and news publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and BBC Wildlife Magazine. Visit Dr. Goodrich’s Wildlife Photography website.

Selected Videos Featuring Dr. Goodrich

In the Shadow of the Tiger Tigers: Fighting Back Trailer

Selected Popular Articles By Dr. Goodrich

  • Goodrich, J. (2011). Wild Again (photo spread). BBC Wildlife Magazine. July: 70-71.
  • Dybas, C. L. and J. Goodrich. (2011). Last of the forest guardians (photography). Natural History. February: 24-31.
  • Goodrich, J. (2007). Meet Russia’s coolest cat. BBC Wildlife Magazine. August: 50-55.
  • Goodrich, J. (2004, May/June). Team Tiger.
  • Goodrich, J. (2004, February 21). Against All Odds: A Siberian Tiger Rescued from a Poacher's Snare. Wildlife Conservation

Selected Scientific Publications and Technical Manuals by Dr. Goodrich

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