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Dr. Andrew J. Noss


Dr. Andrew J. Noss

Adjunct Professor

Coordinator, Master of Sustainable Development Practice Program

Curriculum Vita

Focus Areas

Areas of Specialization

  • Cultural Ecology
  • Protected areas management
  • Indigenous territories and community mapping
  • Landscape and wildlife conservation
  • Community wildlife management
  • Central Africa, Latin America

Educational Background

  • PhD in Geography / Tropical Conservation and Development / African Studies, University of Florida, 1995
  • M.A. in International Economics / Social Change and Development, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1989
  • B.A. in International Relations, Carleton College , 1986

Recent Courses:

  • AFS 4935: African Environmental Issues
  • GEA 3600: Geography of Africa

In My Own Words

Dr. Andrew Noss is a cultural ecologist, focusing on human-environment interactions. He grew up in Cameroon and Nigeria. For his dissertation research at UF he studied Ba Aka subsistence and local bushmeat hunting in the Dzanga Sangha Reserve in the Central African Republic. Subsequently he spent 15 years with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS, in Bolivia and Ecuador, implementing community wildlife and landscape conservation programs, emphasizing close collaboration among national park authorities, local governments, indigenous and campesino organizations and communities, universities, and conservation and development NGOs. From 2007-2011 he supervised the “Integrated Management of Indigenous Lands” project that included partnerships with 20 indigenous organizations and local and international NGOs in Ecuador and Colombia. Most recently he advised WCS and the national park service INDEFOR in Equatorial Guinea on management plans for protected areas to be implemented with support from US oil companies.

His landscape conservation programs have emphasized participatory research, community mapping, institutional strengthening, and capacity-building for indigenous and local technicians. The programs integrated an interdisciplinary team of geographers, anthropologists, biologists, veterinarians, educators, protected area managers, hunters, local indigenous researchers, community members, and leaders of indigenous organizations. He has published papers on protected area and indigenous territory management, community wildlife management, sustainable wildlife use, endangered species, one world/one health, and camera trap survey methods.

Recent Publications

Romero-Muñoz, A., A. Benítez-López, D. Zurell, M. Baumann, M. Camino, J. Decarre, H. del Castillo, A.J. Giordano, B. Gómez-Valencia, C. Levers, A.J. Noss, V. Quiroga, J.J. Thompson, R. Torres, M. Velilla, A. Weiler & T. Kuemmerle. 2020. Increasing synergistic effects of habitat destruction and hunting on mammals over three decades in the Gran Chaco. Ecography 43:954-966. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.05053

Santos, P.M., A. Bocchiglieri, … A.J. Noss, … et al. (282 authors). 2019. Neotropical Xenarthrans: a dataset of occurrence of Xenarthran species in the Neotropics. Ecology 100(7): e02663. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2663

Kuemmerle, T., M. Altrichter, G. Baldi, M. Cabido, M. Camino, E. Cuéllar, R.L. Cuéllar, J. Decarre, S. Díaz, I. Gasparri, G. Gavier-Pizarro, R. Ginzburg, A.J. Giordano, H.R. Grau, E. Jobbágy, G. Leynaud, L. Macchi, M. Mastrangelo, S.D. Matteucci, A. Noss, J. Paruelo, M. Piquer-Rodríguez, A. Romero-Muñoz, A. Semper-Pascual, J. Thompson, S. Torrella, R. Torres, J.N. Volante, A. Yanosky & M. Zak. 2017. Forest conservation: Remember Gran Chaco. Science 355(6324):465. DOI: 10.1126/science.aal3020.

Quiroga, V.A., Di Blanco, Y.E., A. Noss, A.J. Paviolo & M.S. di Bitetti. 2017. The giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus) in the Argentine Chaco. Mastozoología Neotropical 24(1):163-175.

2016. Olivero, J., J.E. Fa, M.A. Farfán, J. Lewis, P. Foster, B. Hewlett, T. Breuer, G.M. Carpaneto, M. Fernandez, S. Hattori, J. Head, M. Ichikawa, K. Kitanaishi, J. Knights, N. Matsuura, A. Migliano, B. Nese, A. Noss, D. Ongbwa Ekoumou, P. Paulin, R. Real, M. Riddell, J. Stevenson, M. Toda, J.M. Vargas, H. Yasuoka & R. Nasi. Distribution and Numbers of Pygmies in Central African Forests. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0144499. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144499.

2016. Quiroga, V.A., A.J. Noss, A. Paviolo, G.I. Boaglio & M.S. di Bitetti. Puma density, habitat use and conflict in the Argentine Chaco. Journal for Nature Conservation 31:9-15. DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2016.02.004

2015. Perz, S., J. Araujo, A. Noss & F. Roman. Introducción: Temas Compartidos y Perspectivas Diferentes en la Amazonía Andina Cambiante. Biodiversidad Amazónica 5(5): 1-16.

2015. Taylor , G., Scharlemann, J.P.W., Rowcliff, M., Kümpel, N., Harfoot, M., Fa, J.E., Melisch, R., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Bhagwat, S., Abernethy, K.A., Abugiche, A.S., Albrechtsen, L., Allebone-Webb, S., Anadu, P.A., Basset, T.J., Bennet Hennessy, A., Brown, E., Brugiere, D., Carpaneto, G.M., Colell, M., Cowlishaw, G., Crookes, D., De Merode, E., Dethier, M., Dupain, J., East, T., Edderai, D., Fargeot, C., Fossung, E.E., Gill, D., Greengrass, E., Hayashi, K., Hickey., Hodgkinson, C., Hoffman, M., Jeanmart, P., Juste, J., Linder, J.M., MacDonald, D.W., Mbete, P. Muchaal, P.K., Okorie, P.U., Okouyi, V.J.J., Pailler, S., Poulsen, J.R., Puit, M., Riddell, M., Rist, J., Shulte-Herbruggen, B., Starkey, M., Schleicher, J., Thibault, M., van Vliet, N., Whitham, C., Wilcox, A.S., Wilkie, D.S., Wright, J.H., Coad, L. Synthesising bushmeat research effort in West and Central Africa: an introduction to a new regional database. Biological Conservation 181:199-205. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.11.001

2012. Noss, A.J., B. Gardner, L. Maffei, E. Cuéllar, R. Montaño, A. Romero-Muñoz, R. Sollman & A.F. O’Connell Jr. Comparison of density estimation methods for mammal populations with camera traps in the Kaa-Iya del Gran Chaco landscape. Animal Conservation 15:527–535 DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2012.00545.x

2011. Maffei, L. , J. Polisar, A.J. Noss, R. García & J. Moreira. Perspectives from ten years of jaguar (Panthera onca) camera trapping in
Mesoamerica / Perspectivas de diez años de estudios con trampas cámara de jaguares (Panthera onca) en Mesoamérica. Mesoamericana 15(1):49-59

Book Chapters

2013, Koster, J. and A. Noss. 2013. Hunting dogs and the extraction of wildlife as a resource. Pp. 265-285 in M.E. Gompper (ed.). Free-ranging dogs and wildlife conservation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2012. Stocks, A., A. Noss, M. Bryja & S. Arce. Deforestation and Waodani lands in Ecuador: mapping and demarcation amidst shaky politics. Pp. 187-202 in P. Moutinho (ed.), Deforestation Around the World, ISBN: 978-953-51-0417-9,
In Tech: Rijeka, Croatia.

2011. Maffei, L., A.J. Noss, S. Silver & M.J. Kelly. Abundance/density case study: jaguars in the Americas. Pp. 119-144 in Camera Traps in Animal Ecology: Methods and Analyses. A.F. O’Connell, Jr., J.D. Nichols and U.K. Karanth (eds.). Springer Tokyo, Inc.

2010. Feinsinger, P., S. Álvarez, G. Carreño, E. Rivera, R.L. Cuéllar, A. Noss, F. Daza, M. Figuera, E. Lanz, L. García, M. Cañizares, A. Alegre & A.
Roldán. Local people, scientific inquiry, and the ecology and conservation of place in Latin America. Pp. 403-428 in I. Billick & M.V. Price (eds.), The
ecology of place: contributions of place-based research to ecological understanding. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2010. Noss, A.J., R.L. Cuéllar, A. Arambiza & J. Barrientos. Sostenibilidad de la cacería en el Chaco: 12 años de manejo de fauna silvestre en la Tierra
Comunitaria de Orígen Isoso. Pp. 1-36 en H. Gómez & A. Llobet (eds.). Experiencias de manejo de fauna silvestre en Bolivia. Santa Cruz: FAN.