Zahler, Peter I.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Regional Director, Asia Program
Coordinator, Snow Leopard Program
Director, Training and Capacity Building Program
Wildlife Conservation Society
Peter Zahler has over 30 years of experience in wildlife conservation. Although he has worked on bird and mammal conservation in many parts of the world (e.g., Alaska, Arizona, Venezuela, Peru), over the years he has focused on temperate mountains and grasslands, with a special interest in the larger Central Asian region. His main interest is incorporating science into applied conservation and building and supporting multiple-component conservation program capacity (including community governance and government capacity building, wildlife monitoring and enforcement, protected area management, anti-poaching and wildlife trade initiatives, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, etc.). He designed, started, and ran the WCS Pakistan Program beginning in 1997, the WCS Mongolia Program in 2003, and the WCS Afghanistan Program in 2006. Responsible for WCS’s “Temperate Asia” work, Zahler now supports programs and projects in Arctic Beringia (Alaska and Siberia), the Russian Far East, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Central Asia states, and Iran. He is a member of the IUCN Caprid Specialist Group, Bear Specialist Group, and Small Mammal Specialist Group.
Current Students and Their Projects
Zalmai Moheb (PhD., ECo, co-advised with Todd Fuller) – Drivers of snow leopard-human conflict in the mountains of northeastern Afghanistan.
Sanderson E., Mallon D., McCarthy T., Zahler P., and K. Fisher. 2016. Global strategies for snow leopard conservation: A synthesis. In: McCarthy T. and D. Mallon (Eds) Snow leopards. Elsevier Publishing, NY.
Zahler P and R. Paley. 2016. Building governance structures and institutions for community conservation. In: McCarthy T. and D. Mallon (Eds) Snow leopards. Elsevier Publishing, NY.
Jowkar H., Ostrowski S., Tahbaz M., and P. Zahler. 2016. The conservation of biodiversity in Iran: threats, challenges and hopes. Iranian Studies, 49(6) : 1065-1077.
Zahler P., Wilkie D., Painter M., and J.C. Carter. 2016. The role of conservation in promoting stability and security in at-risk communities. In: Bruch C., Muffett C. and S. Nichols (Eds) strengthening post-conflict peace building through natural resource management: Vol. 6: Governance and institutions. United Nations Environment Programme, Geneva.
Rosen T. and P. Zahler. 2016. Snow leopards and transboundary conservation. In: McCarthy T. and D. Mallon (Eds) Snow leopards. Elsevier Publishing, NY.
Zahler P. 2016. Linear infrastructure and snow leopard conservation. In: McCarthy T. and D. Mallon (Eds) Snow leopards. Elsevier Publishing, NY.
McCarthy T., Mallon D., Sanderson E., Zahler P., and K. Fisher. 2016. What is a snow leopard? Biogeography and status. In: McCarthy T. and D. Mallon (Eds) Snow leopards. Elsevier Publishing, NY.
Kretser H.E., Wong R., Roberton S., Pershyn C., Huang J., Kang A., and P. Zahler. 2015. Building enforcement networks to identify wildlife crimes with mobile app technology. Biological Conservation, 189: 33-38.
Wingard J., Zahler P., Victurine R., Bayasgalan O. and B. Buuveibaatar. 2014. Guidelines for addressing the impact of linear infrastructure on migratory large mammals in Central Asia. Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Technical Report, Bonn, Germany.
Ostrowski S., Rahmani H., Ali J.M., Ali R., and P. Zahler. 2014. Musk deer survival in the eastern forests of Afghanistan. Oryx, 48(4): 323-328.
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