Carson Scholar Aletris Neils – Aired 3/24/14
Aletris is a Ph.D. student in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. She earned a B.S. in conservation biology from Arizona State University as well as an M.S. in interdisciplinary ecology from the University of Florida. Aletris has been working internationally in wildlife conservation for over a decade. She has worked with state and federal agencies, zoos, and NGOs. Aletris is primarily interested in human-carnivore conflicts and in 2008 founded Conservation CATalyst, an international nonprofit organization devoted to addressing these problems. Since 2002, she has worked in Namibia conducting research on caracals, servals, cheetahs, leopards, and jackals. Her present work focuses on survival, space use, fecundity, and diet of caracals, particularly as it relates to species diversity and top-down ecosystem regulation. Aletris works closely with Namibian farmers while simultaneously conducting research on Namibians’ perceptions of carnivores and their traditional ecological knowledge of predators.