PHUNTSHO THINLEY [ PRINCIPAL FORESTRY OFFICER ]


I work as a Principal Forestry Officer (Conservation Biologist) at the UWICER. Before, I worked as the Principal Research Officer at the RNR Research and Development Centre at Yusipang (2013-August 2016), the Park Manager of Jigme Dorji National Park (2009-2013), the Senior Forestry Officer at the Nature Conservation Division (2008-2009), the Park Manager of Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary (2004-2005), and the Forestry Officer at the NCD (2003-2004).

I studied Bachelors of Forestry from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos (2002), and Masters (2008) and PhD (2014) from the Cornell University, USA. I also taught Urban Forestry, Forest Ecology, and Applied Conservation Science as an Adjunct Lecturer at the College of Natural Resources, Lobesa, Bhutan.   
My research interests are primarily focussed on:

  1.  understanding the ecology of wide-ranging predators and their prey;
  2.  mitigating negative human-wildlife interactions to enhance crop and livestock production; and
  3.  projecting the net positive value of threatened wildlife species in conflicts with humans.

My notable contribution in the field of predator management was his technical guidance of the two mammoth nation-wide surveys: National Tiger Survey (2014-2015) and National Snow Leopard Survey (2015-2016).  I also supervised the nation-wide survey of the Central Himalayan Langur (Semnopithecus schistaceus).