… is a conservation social scientist who focuses his teaching and research on understanding human-environment interactions. He completed his B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rice University, and he received his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University from the Applied Biodiversity Science program. His dissertation research investigated human-lion conflict in the Okavango Delta Region of Botswana, and more specifically on how national and international policies shaped local people’s interactions with and attitudes toward large predators. Before graduate school Nick participated in field-based research projects in California, Peru, South Africa, and Ethiopia, all focusing on mammalian carnivore conservation. In his free time, Nick enjoys camping and hiking, travel, and basketball (mostly watching these days).