Miquel Torrents Ticó

Ph.D. Student, Field site: Kenya. Miquel Torrents-Ticó completed his MSc in Conservation and Management of Biodiversity at the University of Barcelona in 2012. He was a guest scientist at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. His interest in human-wildlife interactions took him around the world from tropical rain forests to arid deserts, where he worked with different species: Costa Rica (olive Ridley sea turtles), Ecuador (common woolly monkeys), South Africa (meerkats, Damaraland mole-rats), Botswana (large predators) and Namibia (chacma baboons). His interest in conservation has grown along with the ever-increasing conflicts between humans and wildlife. His main interests lay on Human-Carnivore Conflicts. In his PhD, he takes an interdisciplinary approach to understand human-hyena interactions by investigating local attitudes, values and perceptions towards spotted hyenas, and comprehend spotted hyena ecology that links to the human-hyena conflict (e.g., diet, animal movement, density, distribution). Most of the fieldwork is being conducted in Sibiloi National Park and Laikipia (Kenya). He is member of the Hyaena Specialist Group from the IUCN Species Survival Commission and a National Geographic Explorer.