Eric G. LeFlore

Assistant Professor of Biology



Carnegie Science Hall, Room 315


Ph.D., Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S., Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A., Environmental Studies, Connecticut College

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in conserving biodiversity in the face of increasing pressure on the natural world caused by humans. I aim to understand how human activities affect the populations and distributions of large carnivores. Using an interdisciplinary framework and a variety of field techniques, I study the interactions between people and carnivores in the northeastern United States and sub-Saharan Africa, with the goal of increasing human-carnivore coexistence. Understanding system-specific sociocultural and human dimensions is critical for successful wildlife management. My work bridges the ecological and social sciences by intentionally and purposefully exploring the impacts of colonialism and racism on conservation biology.

Selected Publications

LeFlore, E.G., T.K. Fuller, and A.B. Stein. African lion (Panthera leo) movements in a human dominated landscape in northern Botswana. Journal of Mammalogy. in press

Van der Weyde, L., et al. 2021. Collaboration for conservation: Assessing country-wide carnivore occupancy dynamics from sparse data. Diversity and Distributions 00: 1-13.

Pozo, R.A., E.G. LeFlore, A.B. Duthie, N. Bunnefeld, I.L. Jones, J. Minderman, S. Rakotonarivo, and J.J. Cusack. 2020. A multispecies assessment of wildlife impacts on local community livelihoods. Conservation Biology 35: 297-306.

LeFlore, E.G., T.K. Fuller, M. Tomeletso, T.C. Dimbindo, and A.B. Stein. 2020. Human Dimensions of Human-Lion Conflict: A Pre- and Post-assessment of a Conflict Mitigation Program in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Environmental Conservation 47: 182-189.

LeFlore, E.G., T.K. Fuller, M. Tomeletso, and A.B. Stein. 2019. Livestock depredation by large carnivores in northern Botswana. Global Ecology and Conservation 18.

LeFlore, E.G., T.K. Fuller, J.T. Finn, S. DeStefano, and J. Organ. 2019. Wild canid distribution and co-existence in a natural-urban matrix of the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. Northeastern Naturalist 26:325-342.