Claudio Sillero

Associate Professor of Conservation Biology, Deputy Director of the WildCRU

Bill Travers Fellow for Wildlife Conservation, Lady Margaret Hall


Research Interests

I am a conservation biologist dedicated to the conservation of threatened species, mitigation of people-wildlife conflict, impacts of disease, protected areas management, transfrontier conservation and the role of networks in conservation. I maintain an interest in the behavioural ecology of carnivores, particularly the biology and conservation of wild canids, focus of my early research.

Additional Information

I joined the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) in 1988, soon after its creation. Its aim is to undertake original research on aspects of fundamental biology relevant to solving practical problems of wildlife conservation and environmental management. Please follow this link for more details about the WildCRU, its projects and staff.

I am currently James Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont, the Chair of the IUCN Canid Specialist Group, and the Head of Conservation for international NGO the Born Free Foundation.

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Selected Publications

  • Creel, S., ... Sillero-Zubiri, C., ... et al. 2013. Conserving large populations of lions - the argument for fences has holes. Ecology Letters

  • Durant, S.M., ... Sillero-Zubiri, C. et al. 2013 Fiddling in biodiversity hotspots while deserts burn? Collapse of the Sahara’s megafauna. Diversity & Distributions 1-9

  • Gottelli, D., Sillero-Zubiri, C., Marino, J., Funk, S.M., and Wang, J. 2013. Genetic structure and patterns of gene flow among populations of the endangered Ethiopian wolf. Animal Conservation 16:234-247

  • Marino, J., Sillero-Zubiri, C., Johnson, P.J., and Macdonald, D.W. 2013. The fall and rise of Ethiopian wolves: a natural experiment on the regulation of populations of social carnivores. Animal Conservation

  • Rueness, E.K., Gulbrandsen Asmyhr, M., Sillero-Zubiri, C., Macdonald, D.W., Bekele, A., Atickem, A., and Stenseth, N.C. 2011. The cryptic African wolf: Canis aureus lupaster is not a golden jackal. PLoS ONE 6(1):e16385.

  • Marino, J., Bennett, M., Cossios, D., Iriarte, A., Lucherini, M., Pliscoff, P., Sillero-Zubiri, C., Villalba, L., and Walker, S. 2010. Modeling rare species: conservation implications of bioclimatic constrains to Andean cat distribution. Biodiversity and Distributions 17:311-322.

  • Hoffmann, M., … Sillero-Zubiri, C…. et al. 2010. The impact of conservation on the status of the world's vertebrates. Science 330:1503-1509.

  • Haydon, D.T., Randall, D.A., Matthews, L., Knobel, D.L., Tallents, L.A., Gravenor, M.B., Williams, S.D., Pollinger, J.P., Cleaveland, S., Woolhouse, M.E.J., Sillero-Zubiri, C., Marino, J., Macdonald, D.W. and Laurenson, M.K. 2006. Low-coverage vaccination strategies for the conservation of endangered species. Nature 443:692-695.