Mahmood Soofi

Mahmood Soofi

Postdoctoral scientist

I am interested in understanding the link between human behaviour and well-being in conservation conflicts. Which usually appear in the form of clashes between illegal resource users and law enforcement agents (e.g., protected area rangers) and or human-wildlife conflicts. Much of my research centres on quantifying the scale of the unlawful harvest of wildlife (poaching) as well as designing monitoring techniques (e.g., with a focus on large carnivores and their wild prey) and evaluating conservation interventions to improve their effectiveness in protected areas. I am also increasingly interested in understanding the perceptions and attitudes of people in the context of conservation conflicts to improve their co-existence with wildlife and de-escalate or transform conflicts. I am also interested in collecting and analysing evidence-based data, and I draw on disciplines such as social, psychology, and ecology to strengthen levels of understanding concerning what drives people in unlawful resource extraction, and planning for effective, sustainable, and socially just conservation.
+49 (0) 30 2093 9331
Rudower Chaussee 16, 12489 Berlin
Room 2'228

Research interests
  • Conservation Sciences
  • Conservation Conflict
  • Socio-psychology
  • Human-Wildlife Conflict
  • Wildlife Monitoring
  • Population Ecology
Research Path and Education
  • PhD in Biodiversity and Ecology, 2017

    Georg-August University of Goettingen (Germany)

  • MSc in Natural Resource and Environment Engineering, Habitat and Biodiversity, 2010

    Azad University of Science and Research, Teheran (Iran)

  • BSc

Latest papers with the Conservation Biogeography Lab