John Seidensticker

As a conservation biologist and head of the Conservation Ecology Center at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, Dr. Seidensticker's research efforts have focused on understanding and encouraging landscape patterns and conditions where large mammals can persist, training future conservation leaders, and diffusing environmental understanding. He is chairman of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Save The Tiger Fund Council. He pioneered the use of radio telemetry to study the puma in North America. He was co-leader of the team that captured and radio-tracked the first wild tigers in Nepal. He has conducted fieldwork in Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. Dr. John Seidensticker is an author or editor of more than 190 articles, management plans, and books including The Javan Tiger and the Meru-Betiri Reserve: A Plan for Management; Sundarbans Wildlife Management Plan: Conservation in the Bangladesh Coastal Zone; Saving the Tiger, Smithsonian Book of Giant Pandas; Giant Pandas, Great Cats; Dangerous Animals; Tigers; Cats and Wild Cat: Cats: Smithsonian Answer Book; Smithsonian Q&A The Ultimate Question and Answer Book: Cats; Predators; and co-edited Riding the Tiger: Tiger Conservation in Human-dominated Landscapes.