Dr. Andrew Stein: The King of Beasts in the 21st Century: Conserving the African Lion in Botswana

The Landmark College Academic Speaker Series enhances and promotes the College’s intellectual environment and facilitates discussion of important issues for the community.

The King of Beasts in the 21st Century: Conserving the African Lion in Botswana

October 27, 2014
7 p.m. - Brooks M. O'Brien Auditorium, East Academic Building

Dr. Andrew Stein, assistant professor of natural sciences at Landmark College, will discuss a research project on human-lion conflict in Botswana that he arranged on a 2014 trip to Africa. Stein will discuss the current status of lions including their distribution and threats. He will talk about the efforts to save lions range-wide as well as the specifics of the project that he designed with a Ph.D. student he is working with in Botswana. Free and open to the public, Stein’s talk will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 27, in the Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium of the East Academic Building. 

How did Stein—a former East Coast Connecticut College student—come to work with lions in Africa? During his time in Connecticut, Stein attended a study abroad course in Kenya for Wildlife Management that changed his life and put him on a path towards studying wildlife conservation. He attended UMass Amherst for his M.Sc., studying incidental capture and mortality of endangered sturgeon before spending eight years in Africa working on large carnivores living in South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, and Botswana. He finished his Ph.D. at UMass Amherst, studying the ecology and conservation of leopards on Namibian farmlands.

Stein’s recent projects include coordinating graduate research for the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, where he oversaw graduate students studying the interactions of lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and African wild dogs. He has since organized field training courses with the Smithsonian Institution, worked with African governments to do national surveys for leopards, and coordinated the assessment of the conservation status of leopards for the World Conservation Union.


Geoff Burgess
Communications Department Faculty
Administration Building, Room 215C