I am interested in a range of conservation and animal welfare issues. Through my research, I seek to obtain the data needed to inform practical solutions that reduce the suffering of wild animals and protect wild populations.
Since 2004, I have led biodiversity surveys throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Central America that have generated baseline ecological data for a range of different taxa in previously unexplored areas.
More recently, I have also been involved in addressing a number of complex global issues that threaten wild animal welfare and survival including human-wildlife conflict and wildlife trade.
My efforts have helped to improve the welfare and conservation status of a wide range of different species including Sloth bears in India, Civets in Indonesia, Brown bears in Turkey, and Green turtles in the Caribbean.
A professional photographer, images relating to my research have also featured in a number of high profile media publications such as the Guardian, Der Spiegal, Le Monde and National Geographic.
During my career I am fortunate to have lived, worked and travelled in over 40 countries across 6 continents and have published over 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles. I first joined WildCRU as visiting academic in 2014.
My main research areas of interests are: biodiversity surveys, human-wildlife conflict and wildlife trade.
Can Ö.E., D’Cruze, N., Balaskas, M., & Macdonald, D.W. (2017). Scientific crowdsourcing in wildlife research and conservation: Tigers (Panthera tigris) as a case study. PLoS Biology, 15: e2001001.
Hudson, L. N., … D’Cruze, N.,… et al. (2017), The database of the PREDICTS (projecting responses of ecological diversity in changing terrestrial systems) project. Ecology and Evolution, 7: 145–188.
D’Cruze N., & Macdonald, D.W. (2016). A review of global trends in CITES live wildlife confiscations. Nature Conservation, 15: 47–63.
Moorhouse T.P., Balaskas, M., D’Cruze, N., & Macdonald, D.W. (2016). Information could reduce consumer demand for exotic pets. Conservation Letters, in press.
Carder, G., Proctor, H., Schmidt-Burbach, J., & D’Cruze, N. (2016). The animal welfare implications of civet coffee tourism in Bali. Animal Welfare, 25,199-205.
D’Cruze, N., Singh, B., Morrison, T., Schmidt-Burbach, J., Macdonald, D.W., & Mookerjee, A. (2015). A star attraction: The illegal trade in Indian Star Tortoises. Nature Conservation, 13, 1-19.
D’Cruze, N., & Macdonald, D.W. (2015). Clouded in mystery: the global trade in clouded leopards. Biodiversity and Conservation, 24, 3505-3526.
Moorhouse T.P., Dahlsjö C.A.L., Baker S.E., D’Cruze N.C., & Macdonald D.W. (2015) The customer isn’t always right — conservation and animal welfare implications of the increasing demand for wildlife tourism. PLoS ONE 10: e0138939. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0138939.
D’Cruze, N., Toole, J., Mansell, K., & Schmidt-Burbach, J. (2014). What is the true cost of the world’s most expensive coffee? Oryx, 48, 170-171.
Pfeifer, M.,… D’Cruze, N.,… et al. (2014) BIOFRAG – a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation. Ecology and Evolution, 9, 1524-1537.
D’Cruze, N., Alcock, R., & Donnelly, M. (2014). The Cayman Turtle Farm: Why we can’t have our green turtle and eat it too. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 28: doi: 10.1007/s10806-014-9519-6.
Can O. E., D’Cruze N., Garshelis D. L., Beecham J., Macdonald D. W. (2014). Resolving human-bear conflict: a global survey of countries, experts, and key factors. Conservation Letters. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12117
Baker, S.E., Cain, R., van Kesteren, F., Zommers, Z.A., D’Cruze, N., & Macdonald, D.W. (2013). Rough trade: Animal welfare in the global wildlife trade. Bioscience, 63, 928-938.
D’Cruze, N., Sawyer, J., De Vere, R., Benares, J., Farrance, D., Megson, S., & Can, Ö. E. (2013). First images of the Visayan spotted deer and Visayan warty pig. Oryx, 47, 13-18.
D’Cruze, N., & Kumar, S. (2011). Effects of anthropogenic activities on lizard communities in northern Madagascar. Animal Conservation, 14, 542-552.
D’Cruze, N., Köhler, J., Vences, M., & Glaw, F. (2010). A new fat fossorial frog (Microhylidae: Cophylinae: Rhombophryne) from rainforest of the Forêt d’Ambre Special Reserve, northern Madagascar. Herpetologica, 66, 182-191.
D’Cruze, N., Kumar Sarma, U., Mookerjee, A., Singh, B., Louis, J., Prasanna Mahapatra, R., Prasad Jaiswal, V., Kumar Roy, T., Kumari, I., & Menon, V. (2010). Dancing bears in India: A sloth bear status report. Ursus, 22, 99-105.
Köhler, J., Vences, M., D’Cruze, N., & Glaw, F. (2010). Giant dwarfs: discovery of a radiation of large-bodied ‘Stump-toed Frogs’ from karstic cave environments of northern Madagascar. Journal of Zoology, 282, 21-38.
Franzen, M.F., Jones J.J., Raselimanana A.P., Nagy Z.T., D’Cruze N., Glaw F. & Vences M. (2009). A new black-bellied snake (Pseudoxyrhophiinae: Liophidium) from western Madagascar, with notes on the genus Pararhadinaea. Amphibia-Reptilia, 30, 173-183.
D’Cruze, N., Sabel, J., Dawson, J., & Kumar, S. (2009). The influence of habitat type and structure on the abundance of Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis (Gekkoninae) in northern Madagascar. Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 4, 55-61.
D’Cruze, N., Henson, D., Olsson, A., & Emmett, D. (2009). The Importance of herpetological survey work in conserving Malagasy biodiversity: are we doing enough? Herpetological Review, 40, 19-25.
D’Cruze, N., Köhler, J., Franzen, M., & Glaw, F. (2008). A conservation assessment of the amphibians and reptiles of the Forêt d’Ambre Special Reserve, north Madagascar. Madagascar Conservation and Development, 3, 18-28.
D’Cruze, N., McDonell, Z.J., Langeveld, T., Brooks, P.D., Combrink, X., Seamark, E.C.J., & Kearney, T.C. (2008). Bat survey in the UMkhuze section of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. African Bat Conservation News, 17, 4-9.
D’Cruze, N. & Stafford, P.J. (2006). Resource partitioning of sympatric Norops (Beta Anolis) in a neotropical mainland community. The Herpetological Journal, 16, 273-280.