How Prides of Lion Researchers are Evolving to be Interdisciplinary
A new Special Issue on the interdisciplinary dimensions of research on human-lion conflict has just been published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. WildCRU congratulates the editors, and enjoys a special link with their accomplishment: Professor Robert Montgomery is a Research Associate at WildCRU, Professor Matt Hayward was until recently the Assessor of our Diploma course, and Dr. Bernard Kissui has been a welcome visitor here. They have done a remarkable job in pulling together the 12 articles featured as part of this Special Issue, now available as a downloadable Ebook in PDF form.
This useful collection opens with an historical analysis of human-lion conflict. Led by Bob Montgomery, the paper reports that interdisciplinarity had been poorly represented among research teams that developed solutions for human-lion conflict between 1990 and 2015 – but times are changing and the remaining articles illustrate how the field is being enriched by collaborative insights between disciplines. These include important methodological, ecological, sociological, and political advances, deployed across the range of lions in Sub-Saharan Africa and India.