Andrew Stein (he/him)Andrew Stein

Adjunct Faculty


Phone: 774-641-6664


My interests include the study of large carnivores and their conservation outside of protected areas. These studies are multidisciplinary with aspects of ecology, sociology, statistics, GIS, management planning and community development. I have been studying human-wildlife coexistence in African since 2001 focused primarily on leopards in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, Lions in Kenya and Botswana, African Wild Dogs in Kenya and Botswana. I have also worked on Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon marine distribution and by catch along the East Coast of the United States, grassland and shrubland birds within powerline clearcuts in western Massachusetts and moose in the western Massachusetts.

I started an American registered nonprofit organization called CLAWS Conservancy to focus my research program funded by National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative, Lion Recovery Fund, Conservation International’s Herding 4 Health. In my personal time, I like to travel, hike, play basketball and dance tango.

Primary Interests

Human-wildlife coexistence

Current Projects

Human-lion coexistence in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, Scent marking as a deterrent for wolves and grizzly bears in Montana, Global leopard status and conservation

Courses Taught

Conservation Biology

Animal Sampling and Identification

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor of Natural Sciences at Landmark College

Professional Affiliations

IUCN Cat Specialist Group, National Geographic Explorer, African Lion Working Group, Kavango Zambezi Carnivore Conservation Coalition, Botswana Carnivore Forum, Fulbright Scholar


Ph.D. Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation- UMass Amherst

M.S.c. Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation- UMass Amherst

B.A. Zoology- Connecticut College

Selected Publications

Weise, F.J., Hauptmeier, H., Stratford, K.J., Hayward, M.W., Aal, K., Heuer, M., Tomeletso, M., Wulf, V., Somers, M.J. and Stein, A.B. 2019. Lions at the Gates: Trans-disciplinary Design for an Early Warning System to Improve Human-Lion Coexistence. Frontiers of Ecology and Evolution. 6:1-19. http://doi: 10.3389/fevo.2018.00242

Weise, F.J., Hayward, M.W., Aguirre, R.C., Tomeletso, M., Gadimang, P., Somers, M.J. and Stein, A.B. 2018. Size, shape and maintenance matter: A critical appraisal of a global carnivore conflict mitigation strategy- Livestock protection kraals in northern Botswana. Biological Conservation. 225:88-97.

Stein, A.B., Athreya, V., Gerngross, P., Balme, G., Henschel, P., Karanth, U., Miquelle, D., Rostro, S., Kamler, J.F. and Laguardia, A. 2016. Panthera pardus.  The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T15954A50659089.

Jacobson, A.P., Gerngross, P., Lemeris, J.R., Schoonover, R.F., Anco, C., Breitenmoser- Wursten, C., Durant, S.M., Farhadinia, M.S., Henshel, P., Kamler, J.F., Laguardia, A., Rostro-Garcia, S. Stein, A.B., and Dollar, L. 2016. Leopard (Panthera pardus) status, distribution, and the research efforts across its range. PeerJ 4:e1974;DOI 10.7717/peerj.1974

Weise, F.J., Lemeris, J., Stratford, K.J., van Vuuren, R.J., Munro, S.J., Crawford, S.M., Marker, L.M., and Stein, A.B. 2015. A home away from home: insights from successful leopard translocations. Biodiversity and Conservation. 24: 1755-1774

Stein, A.B., Bourquin, S.L. and McNutt, J.W. 2015. Avoiding intraguild competition: Leopard feeding ecology and prey caching in Northern Botswana. South African Journal of Wildlife Research. 45(2): 247-257.

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.