Jim Tolisano’s teaching and professional interests are in the interface between ecological anthropology, conservation biology, and environmental economics. His teaching and publications explore the cultural and social factors that establish our relationship to nature, and the influence of these choices on how we use and protect natural areas and biodiversity. Jim is presently the Program Manager for the Business and Conservation Initiative of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He has more than 25 years of professional experience in the design and implementation of natural resource and biodiversity conservation projects. He has worked in more than 40 countries and held a wide variety of professional positions that integrate applied work in nature conservation planning and management; forest and wildlife management; field biology; ecological monitoring; scientific communications; and environmental education. Most recently, Jim has been leading the development of landscape-scale biodiversity conservation offsets for large development projects in Africa and Latin America. From 2006-2012 Jim served as the Director of the Kinship Conservation Fellows, a ground-breaking one-month international environmental leadership program that integrates management skills with business and economic tools (www.kinshipfellows.org). He also was an Associate Professor of Conservation Science at the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1995-2003 where he helped to create and lead an interdisciplinary undergraduate conservation science degree program, and directed an outreach and education program for teachers and educators.
Teaching and Research Interests
conservation biology; the design and management of parks and wild areas; forest ecology and restoration; human-wildlife relationships; economic and cultural valuations of nature and environmental services
M.S. Forest Ecology/Natural Resources Management, University of Arizona, Tucson B.A. History & Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin