Dr Silvio Marchini

B.Sc., M.Sc., D.Phil.

Conservation Fellow

Research Associate, WildCRU, University of Oxford
Member of IUCN-SSC Task Force on Human-Wildlife Conflict
Member of IUCN-SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group

I am a conservationist with a background in biology and, ever since my doctoral work at the WildCRU, University of Oxford, on the ‘Human Dimensions of the Conflicts between People and Jaguars in Brazil’, I have been dedicated to the dissemination and strengthening of conservation social science and its application to conservation practice in Brazil and Latin America.

My work has involved a variety of human-wildlife conflict issues, including big cats and ranchers in Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina and Mexico; sea lions and fishermen in southern Brazil; wild boars, capybaras, tapirs and farmers in agricultural landscapes; and coatis, marmosets and visitors in urban parks and protected areas of the Atlantic Forest.

I am based at the Laboratory of Wildlife Ecology, Management and Conservation of the University of São Paulo in Piracicaba, where I supervise students and teach a graduate course on Human Dimension of Wildlife Management and Conservation.  I have taught this course to graduate students and wildlife professionals also in other parts of Brazil besides Oxford, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Bolivia.

In the last few years, I have turned my interest to the integration of social sciences, spatial modelling, big data analytics, and how to apply this to decision-making and systematic planning, bridging the gap between researchers, planners, managers and policy-makers.

As a Conservation Fellow under the Chester Zoo/ WildCRU Partnership, I will explore ways to upscale the analysis and management of human-wildlife conflict, and develop a unified framework for understanding conflict and coexistence in South America, taking advantage of a set of project partners in a wide cross-section of ecological, cultural, socioeconomic and political contexts in Brazil and Bolivia.

Research partners

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit - WildCRU - https://www.wildcru.org/ IUCN-SSC

Task Force on Human-Wildlife Conflict - http://www.hwctf.org/ IUCN-SSC

Conservation Planning Specialist Group - CPSG Brasil - http://www.cpsg.org/cpsg-brasil

Project partners

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WILD Cru logo


Key publications

Frank, B., Glikman, J.A., Marchini, S. (in press). Human-Wildlife Interactions: Turning Conflict into Coexistence. Conservation Biology Series, Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Vucetich, J.A., Burnham, D.,  Macdonald, E.A., Bruskotter, J.T., Marchini, S., Zimmermann, A., Macdonald, D.W. 2018.  Just conservation: what is it and should we pursue it? Biological Conservation, 221, 23-33.

Engel, M. T., Vaske, J., Bath, A., Marchini, S. 2017. Attitudes toward jaguars and pumas and the acceptability of killing big cats in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest: An application of the Potential for Conflict Index2. Ambio.

Engel, M. T., Vaske, J. J., Marchini, S. and Bath, A. J. 2017. Knowledge about big cats matters: Insights for conservationists and managers. Wildl. Soc. Bull., 41, 398–404.

Marchini, S., Ramalho, E., Toro-Orozco, W., Ferraz, K.M.P.M.B. 2017. Human-jaguar conflicts in Brazil: a human dimensions perspective. In: Castaño-Uribe, C., Lasso, C.A., Hoogesteijn, R., Payan-Garrido, E. (Eds.). Conflictos entre Felinos y Humanos en América Latina. Humboldt Institute, Colombia.

Marchini, S., Crawshaw, P.G. 2015. Human-wildlife conflicts in Brazil: a fast-growing issue. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 20(4), 323-328.

Pont, A.C., Marchini, S., Engel, M.T., Machado, R., Paulo Henrique Ott, Enrique A. Crespo, Coscarella, M., Dalzochio, M.S., Oliveira, L.R. 2015. The human dimension of the conflict between fishermen and South American sea lions in southern Brazil. Hydrobiologia.

Engel, M. T., Marchini, S., Pont, A. C., Machado, R., Oliveira, L. R. 2014. Perceptions and attitudes of stakeholders towards the wildlife refuge of Ilha dos Lobos, a marine protected area in Brazil. Marine Policy, 45, 45-51.

Marchini, S. 2014. Who’s in conflict with whom? Human dimensions of the conflicts involving wildlife. In: Verdade LM, Lyra-Jorge MC, Piña CI. (Eds.). Applied ecology and human dimensions in biological conservation.  Springer, 189-210.

Dickman, A., Marchini, S., Manfredo, M. 2013. The Human Dimension in addressing conflict with large carnivores. In: Macdonald D.W., Willis K.J. (Eds.). Key Topics in Conservation Biology II. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 110-126.

Marchini, S., Macdonald, D. W. 2012. Predicting ranchers- intention to kill jaguars: Case studies in Amazonia and Pantanal. Biological Conservation, 147: 213-221.

Marchini, S. Cavalcanti, S. Zimmermann, A. Gese, E. Macdonald, D.W. 2010. Jaguars, livestock and people: reality and perceptions behind the conflict. In: Macdonald DW, Loveridge, A. (Eds.). Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids. Oxford Press, 383-402.

Zimmermann, A., Baker, N., Inskip, C., Linnell, J., Marchini, S., Odden, J., Rasmussen, G., Treves, A. 2010. Contemporary view of human-carnivore conflicts on wild rangelands. In: Du Toit J., Kock, R., Deutsch, J. (Eds.). Wild Rangelands: Conserving Wildlife While Maintaining Livestock in Semi-arid Ecosystems. Wiley-Blackwell.

Marchini, S., Luciano, R. 2009. People & Jaguars: a Guide for Coexistence. Cristalino Ecological Foundation and Panthera. Alta Floresta, Brazil.

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