Executive Director, Conservation Science; Director, Jaguar Program
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Dr. Howard Quigley serves as the Executive Director of Conservation Science and Director of the Jaguar Program. Directing Conservation Science, Howard oversees Panthera’s species strategies, including new research and policy initiatives, and assists in the recruitment of our next generation of science leaders. Directing the Jaguar Program, he now oversees the science base of the work being carried out on jaguars, and tracks the progress of the activities directly associated with the Jaguar Species Strategy. Previously, he served as Director of Panthera's Puma Program.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, his master’s from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his doctorate from the University of Idaho. Howard served as President of the University of Idaho’s Hornocker Wildlife Institute, directed the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Global Carnivore Program and took on the role of Executive Director of Craighead Beringia South.
The research he started on pumas in northwest Wyoming operated for 16 years, and is still providing publications on puma ecology and behavior.
Dr. Quigley’s work with carnivores has included field studies of giant pandas in China, Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East, pumas in Idaho, and jaguars in Brazil. In the 1970’s, Dr. Quigley and Dr. George Schaller, Panthera’s Science Council Vice Chair, and Brazilian cooperator Dr. Peter Crawshaw, conducted the world’s first comprehensive and ecological study of wild jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal.
Dr. Quigley is a member of the I.U.C.N. Cat Specialist Group and 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, Conservation Science and Director, Jaguar Program