Founding Field Partner Dr. Anthony J. Giordano is a thought leader in wildlife science and conservation with more than 22 years of experience working on the ground in at least 30 countries. While attending Texas Tech in pursuit of his Ph.D. in wildlife science and management, Anthony was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for his jaguar conservation work in the Gran Chaco of South America. His research there led to the first ever formal scientific investigation of the jaguar in Paraguay, contributed significantly to the country’s first Jaguar Conservation Action Plan, and led to establishment of the Chaco Jaguar Conservation Project, which today is the only long-term, multi-national jaguar conservation project across the vast endangered ecoregions of the Gran Chaco.
Anthony’s work has taken him into the wilds of Thailand, French Guiana, Australia, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Mexico, and Borneo, among other places, which has resulted in dozens of scientific papers and popular articles on threatened and endangered species. Anthony was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Society for Conservation Biology, serves on the Conservation Committee of the American Society of Mammalogists, and is the current President of the Wild Felid Research and Management Association. A former Panthera Kaplan Scholar, Anthony serves as an advisor to numerous international conservation programs and organizations and is an active member of three World Conservation Union (IUCN) Specialist Groups, including the Cat Specialist Group, Small Carnivore Specialist Group, and Peccary Specialist Group. Through S.P.E.C.I.E.S., Anthony has established more than 20 projects in 14 different countries over the past 8 years, the goals of which are often to better understand and protect carnivores of all shapes and sizes, from dholes to fishing cats, sloth bears to clouded leopards, and binturongs to jaguarundis.