Andrew Tilker, Ph.D.

Asian Species Officer


    Doctoral student, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.,M.S. Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior, University of Texas at Austin.,B.S. Organismal Biology, Midwestern State University.

    Andrew Tilker oversees Re:wild’s work on species conservation in Southeast Asia. Much of his work focuses on developing conservation solutions to recover of populations of endangered mammals that have not received substantial support from other conservation organizations. Andrew is currently a doctoral student at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research. He received a Master’s from University of Texas at Austin. Andrew is also chair of the IUCN SSC Large-antlered Muntjac Working Group under the Deer Specialist Group. Andrew has worked in the Annamites mountain range of Vietnam and Laos since 2012. During this time, he collaborated with local NGOs and government partners to conduct robust scientific surveys in several key sites. The results of this work have provided the first conservation baselines for these areas, and insights into the ecology and conservation of threatened Annamite endemic species. Andrew strongly believes in the value of forming meaningful partnerships with local stakeholders, especially indigenous communities, to achieve conservation outcomes.

    Tilker, A., Nguyen, A., Timmins, R. J., Gray, T. N., Steinmetz, R., Abramov, A. V., & Wilkinson, N. (2020). No longer Data Deficient: recategorizing the Annamite striped rabbit Nesolagus timminsi as Endangered. Oryx, 54(2), 151-151. Tilker, A., Abrams, J.F., Mohamed, A., Nguyen, A., Wong, S.T., Sollmann, R., Niedballa, J., Bhagwat, T., Gray, T.N., Rawson, B.M. & Guegan, F. (2019). Habitat degradation and indiscriminate hunting differentially impact faunal communities in the Southeast Asian tropical biodiversity hotspot. Communications Biology, 2(1), 1-11.,Nguyen, A., Bang, V. B., Duc, M. H., Nguyen, T. A. M., Nguyen, D. T., Tran, V. T., Long, B., Meijaard, E., Holland, J, Wilting, A., & Tilker, A. (2019). Camera-trap evidence that the silver-backed chevrotain Tragulus versicolor remains in the wild in Vietnam. Nature Ecology & Evolution. doi:10.1038/s41559-019-1027-7.,Tilker, A., Nguyen, A., Abrams, J.F., Bhagwat, T., Le, M., Van Nguyen, T., Nguyen, A.T., Niedballa, J., Sollmann, R. & Wilting, A. (2018). A little-known endemic caught in the South-east Asian extinction crisis: The Annamite striped rabbit Nesolagus timminsi. Oryx, 1-10.,Khwaja, H., Buchan, C., Wearn, O. R., Bantlin, D., Bernard, H., Bitariho, R., ... Tilker, A, . . . & du Preez, B. (2019). Pangolins in global camera trap data: Implications for ecological monitoring. Global Ecology and Conservation, 20, e00769.,Abrams, J. F., Axtner, J., Bhagwat, T., Mohamed, A., Nguyen, A.,Niedballa  J., Sollmann, R., Tilker, A., & Wilting,  A. (2018). Studying terrestrial mammals in tropical rainforests: A user guide for camera-trapping and environmental DNA. Leibniz-IZW, Berlin, Germany.,Schnell, I.B., Bohmann, K., Schultze, S.E., Richter, S.R., Murray, D.C., Sinding, M.H.S., Bass, D., Cadle, J.E., Campbell, M.J., Dolch, R.  Edwards, D.P, Gray, T. N. E., Hansen, T., Nguyen, A. Q. H., Noer, C. L., Heise-Pavlov, S., Sander Pedersen, A. F., Ramamonhisoa, J. C., Siddal, M. E., Tilker, A., Traeholt, C., Wilkinson, N., Woodcock, P., Yu, D. W., Bertelsen, M. F., Bunce, M., & Gilbert, M. T. P. (2018). Debugging diversity–a pan‐continental exploration of the potential of terrestrial blood‐feeding leeches as a vertebrate monitoring tool. Molecular Ecology Resources, 18(6), 1282-1298.,Tilker, A., Long, B., Gray, T.N., Robichaud, W., Van Ngoc, T., Vu, L.N., Holland, J., Shurter, S., Comizzoli, P., Thomas, P. & Ratajszczak, R. (2017). Saving the saola from extinction. Science, 357(6357), 1248.,Gray, T. N., Thongsamouth, K., & Tilker, A. (2014). Recent camera-trap records of Owston’s Civet Chrotogale owstoni and other small carnivores from Xe Sap National Protected Area, southern Lao PDR. Small Carnivore Conservation, 51, 29-33.