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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 Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, and Thailand.
Acknowledged as one of the world’s preeminent tiger biologists who also serves on the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, Dr. Goodrich joined Panthera with a nearly 30 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’ 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 effort. 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 worked on research and 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.
From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Goodrich was 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 Tiger’ shown on the Discovery Channel and 'Snow Leopard of Afghanistan' 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.