Andrew SteinAndrew Stein

Adjunct Associate Professor

Phone: 774-641-6664


Primary Interests

Dr. Stein is interested in interface between wildlife and people. His experience includes the field of fisheries (by-catch and marine distribution of Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon), birds (nesting success of grassland and shrubland birds in powerline clearcuts) and large mammals in America (assisted on a moose project in western Massachusetts) and Africa (large carnivore studies in East and southern Africa).  Andrew has spent 7.5 years working on large carnivores in Africa.  His research has primarily taken place outside of protected areas, working with communal and commercial farming communities to develop conservation initiatives that protect wildlife and the livelihoods of local people. Andrew completed his Ph.D. at UMass Amherst in 2008, focusing on the ecology and conservation of leopards on Namibian commercial farms. He then went to Botswana as a post-doctoral fellow and field research coordinator for the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust.  He is currently teaching general biology at Holyoke Community College, working as a consultant for the Namibian government in their national leopard population survey and supervising a human-wildlife conflict program in Botswana.


  • IUCN Hyaena Specialist Group

Current Projects

  • Shorobe Livestock Insurance Initiative, Botswana
  • National Leopard Survey, Namibia
  • Field Research Training Course, Botswana

Selected Recent Publications

Stein, A.B., Bourquin, S.L. and McNutt, J.W. Submitted. Leopard (Panthera pardus) Feeding Ecology and Factors Affecting Hoisting Behaviour in Northern Botswana. Animal Behaviour

Stein, A.B. and Hayssen, V. Submitted. Leopard (Panthera pardus). Mammalian Species.

Stein, A.B., Fuller, T.K., DeStefano, S. and Marker, L.L. In Press. Leopard density and home range estimates at a park/farmland boundary in north-central Namibia. African Journal of Ecology.

Stein, A.B., Erckie, B., Fuller, T.K. and Marker, L.L. 2010. Camera-trapping as a method for monitoring rhino populations within the Waterberg Plateau Park, Namibia. Pachyderm. 48: 67-70.

Stein, A.B., Fuller, T.K., Damery, D. T.,Sievert, L. and Marker, L.L. 2010. Farm management practices and financial analysis of farmer tolerance of leopards in the Waterberg region, northcentral Namibia. Animal Conservation. 13(4): 419- 427.

Stein, A.B. Fuller, T.K., and Marker, L.L. 2008. Opportunistic use of camera traps to assess habitat-specific mammal and bird diversity in northcentral Namibia. Biodiversity and Conservation. 17(14): 3579- 3587.

Woodroffe, R. Lindsey, P., Romanach, S. Stein, A.B., and ole Ranah, S.M.K. 2005. Livestock predation by endangered wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) in Northern Kenya. Biological Conservation. 124(2): 225- 234.

Stein, A.B., Friedland, K.D., and Sutherland, M. 2004. Sturgeon Marine Incidental Catch in the Northeastern United States. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 24: 171-183.

Stein, A.B., Friedland, K.D., and Sutherland, M. 2004. Distribution and habitat use of the sturgeon, along the Atlantic coast of the United States. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 133: 527-537.