Bernard Kissui, Ph.D.


Center Director




University of Dar-Es-Salaam (Tanzania)

Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
University of Minnesota (MN, USA)


SFS 4910 Directed Research
(The School for Field Studies)

SFS 3121 African Large Carnivores: Ecology and Conservation
(The School for Field Studies)

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Faculty Profile

In addition to his role at SFS, Bernard Kissui leads African Wildlife Foundation’s Lion Conservation Science Project in the Maasai Steppe Heartland. Dr. Kisssui tracks the lions that live in, near, and around Tarangire National Park as they roam the sprawling savannahs of Tanzania. His current research in the Maasai steppe focuses on understanding the causes, patterns and impacts of human-lion conflicts related to livestock predation in pastoral communities and on the lion population as a whole. Bernard has been working with these communities to identify and implement management options for conflict mitigation.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and worked with the Serengeti Lion Project between 1998 and 2000 in Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Academics & Research

Research Interests

Kissui has a broad interest in management and conservation of wildlife in human-dominated landscapes, understanding species in an environment where the aspects of human-wildlife coexistence can be assessed and promoted.

Grants and Awards

Dr. Kissui is a recipient of numerous awards including the Earthwatch Fellowship, McArthur Fellowship, and African Wildlife Foundation’s Charlotte Conservation Fellowship.



Gray, S. M., Booher, C.R., Elliott, K.C., Kramer, D.B., Waller, J.C., Millspaugh, J.J., Kissui, B., Montgomery, R.A. (2019). Research-implementation gap limits the actionability of human-carnivore conflict studies in East Africa
Montgomery R., Elliott K., Hayward M., Gray S., Millspaugh J., Riley S., Kissui B., Kramer D., Moll R., Mudumba T, Tans E., Muneza A., Abade L, Beck J., Hoffmann C., Booher C., Macdonald D. (2018). Examining Evident Interdisciplinarity Among Prides of Lion Researchers. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 6(49).
Montgomery, R. A., Hoffmann, C. F., Tans, E. D., & Kissui, B. (2018). Discordant scales and the potential pitfalls for human-carnivore conflict mitigation. Biological Conservation, 224. (pp 70-177).
Pocock, M., Roy, H., August, T., Kuria, A., Barasa, F., Bett, J., Githiru, M., Kairo, J., Kimani, J., Kinuthia, W., Kissui, B., Madindou, I., Mbogo, K., Mirembe, J., Mugo, P., Muniale, F., Njoroge, P., Gichohi, E., Olendo, M., Opige, M., Otieno, T., Chebet Ng’weno, C., Pallangyo, E., Thenya, T., Wanjiru, A., Trevelyan, R. (2018). Developing the global potential of citizen science: Assessing opportunities that benefit people, society and the environment in East Africa. Journal of Applied Ecology 1-8
Koziarski*, A., Kissui, B., & Kiffner, C. (2016). Patterns and correlates of perceived conflict between humans and large carnivores in Northern Tanzania. Biological Conservation, 199, 41-50.
Kiffner, C., Kioko, J. M., Kissui, B., Painter*, C., Serota*, M., White*, C., & Yager*, P. (2014). Interspecific variation in large mammal responses to human observers along a conservation gradient with variable hunting pressure. Animal Conservation, 17(6), 603-612.
Mponzi, B. P., Lepczyk, C. A., & Kissui, B. M. (2014). Characteristics and distribution of livestock losses caused by wild carnivores in Maasai Steppe of northern Tanzania. Human–Wildlife Interactions, 8(2), 218-227.