Professor, School of Natural Resources
University of Missouri
Charlie Nilon is a professor of urban wildlife management at the University of Missouri. His research and teaching focus on urban wildlife conservation and on the human dimensions of wildlife conservation. Since 1997, he has been a co-principal investigator on the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES). The project in Baltimore and a similar one in Phoenix are the first two urban ecosystems included in the National Science Foundation’s long-term ecological research program. His work with the BES focuses on understanding how physical, ecological, and socioeconomic factors influence the abundance and composition of vertebrate species. Because urban areas are homes for people as well as wildlife, Nilon’s research also considers the role of nature as part of an individual’s day-to-day environment and environmental justice issues associated with access to nature. Since 2014 he has been co-director of the Urban Biodiversity Research Coordination Network (UrBioNet), a project that is developing a database of biodiversity in the world’s cities and also developing a network researchers and practitioners who work on different aspects of urban nature.