Executive Director, Jaguar Program & Director, Puma Program
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Dr. Howard Quigley, Executive Director of Panthera’s Jaguar Program and Director of Panthera's Puma Program, focuses on the conservation of jaguars and pumas range-wide. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, his Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his Doctorate from the University of Idaho. Before serving as President of the University of Idaho’s Hornocker Wildlife Institute, Dr. Quigley worked as an Assistant Professor for Frostburg State University within the University of Maryland system. After the Hornocker Wildlife Institute merged with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Dr. Quigley directed the WCS’s Global Carnivore Program. In 2002, he took on the role of Executive Director of Craighead Beringia South, a wildlife research and conservation organization based in Wyoming. In 2008, Dr. Quigley joined Panthera in his current position.
Dr. Quigley’s work with carnivores has included field studies of giant pandas in China, Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East, cougars in central Idaho, and jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal. In the 1970’s, Dr. Quigley and Dr. George Schaller, Panthera’s Vice President, began the world’s first comprehensive and ecological study of wild jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal. Today, working from the bottom up with local communities, and top down with political leaders and heads of national environmental agencies, Dr. Quigley now manages the world’s largest team of jaguar experts, with conservation projects in 13 of the 18 jaguar range states.
His work on pumas in the Jackson Hole area of northwestern Wyoming, now directed by Panthera Staff Scientist Mark Elbroch, is in its 16th and final year. The project has provided new insights into puma ecology and produced a wealth of long-term datasets to understand puma-prey dynamics, puma demography, behavior, and their interactions with wolves and other large carnivores. In the latter aspect of the work, these data will be used to improve our understanding of carnivore “guilds” (in this case, pumas, grizzly bears, black bears, and wolves) and to inform and develop long-term conservation and management plans for large carnivores.
Dr. Quigley 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. Through his involvement with graduate committees at five universities, Dr. Quigley has helped graduate more than twenty graduate-level students. In addition, Dr. Quigley is the author of more than fifty scientific publications and popular articles.
"Saving the big carnivores – whether it’s the big cats, bears, or wolves – takes commitment, energy, and a pro-active approach. We must give a voice to these animals and provide them a space in the world, or the world will become a lesser place for future generations."
Howard Quigley, Executive Director, Jaguar Program, & Director, Puma Program