arthur middleton

Arthur Middleton

Wildlife Ecologist

UC Berkeley

Nominated by David Skelly

Arthur Middleton is a wildlife ecologist whose research group at U.C. Berkeley explores the effects of environmental change on wide-ranging wildlife, primarily in the Rockies and Andes of North and South America.

In recent years, he has led collaborative work with state and federal agencies, outfitters, ranchers, and environmental groups to document wildlife migrations across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, mapping and studying them for the first time at the scale of the entire ecosystem. Other research and outreach brings together wildlife managers, livestock producers, and environmental groups together to better understand and mitigate conflicts between large carnivores – such as wolves and mountain lions – and people in working landscapes.

Arthur often goes beyond science reporting to communicate insights to affected communities and the public, collaborating with photographers, artists, cartographers, and others. These efforts have included a major, traveling museum exhibition, a documentary film, and op-eds in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Arthur joined the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley as an assistant professor in 2016. He is a Fellow of the National Geographic Society and serves as a Trustee of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. He holds a bachelor degree in English and government from Bowdoin College, a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Wyoming.