Neil Carter

Assistant Professor


PhD, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University (Fisheries and Wildlife)
MS, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan (Terrestrial Ecology)
BS, University of California San Diego (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior)

(734) 764-3763
3505 Dana


Dr. Neil Carter’s interdisciplinary research examines the complex dynamics that characterize interactions between wildlife and people (e.g., provision of ecosystem services, conflicts) in a global change context. His work addresses local to global wildlife conservation issues, utilizes a multitude of spatial techniques and tools, engages different stakeholders, and informs policymaking. General research interests include: spatial ecology, landscape ecology, wildlife management and policy, wildlife ecology and conservation, human dimensions of wildlife management, complexity of coupled human and natural systems, and sustainability science. Projects use field monitoring, social surveys, remote sensing, GIS, and spatial and simulation modeling to investigate human-wildlife coexistence in a number of contexts, such as the American West, Nepal, and Mozambique. Prior to SEAS, Dr. Carter was an Assistant Professor in the Human-Environment Systems research group at Boise State University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and Princeton University.


Endangered species conservation in the Nepal lowlands
Post-war recovery of wildlife in Mozambique
Human-wildlife coexistence in the American West
Effects of light and sound pollution on wildlife in the US
Reducing illegal killing of wildlife in Southeast Asia


Coupled Human and Natural System Network Fellow
Michigan State University Distinguished Fellow
NASA Earth Systems Science Fellow

Select publications: 

Governing trade-offs in ecosystem services and disservices to achieve human-wildlife coexistence. Conservation Biology. ​
The influence of human disturbance on wildlife nocturnality. Science.
The contribution of predators and scavengers to human health and well-being. Nature Ecology and Evolution.
Co-adaptation is key to coexistence with large carnivores. Trends in Ecology and Evolution.
Coexistence between wildlife and humans at fine spatial scales. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.