Amur Tiger habitat conservation and predator-prey dynamics

Project Objectives

TigerThis is a multi-facted project involving Clay Miller as the MS student, Mark Hebblewhite as the main analyst, and Dale Miquelle as the lead WCS-Russian Biologist. We have been working together since 2008 focusing our research in 4 main areas;

  1. Modeling tiger habitat within the Russian Far East as a function of human development and major prey species;
  2. Predicting potential tiger habitat in the Changbaishan planning region incollaboration with WWF- China and Chinese biologists;
  3. Predicting potential Amur leopard habitat for reintroduction in the Russian Far east, and
  4. Developing GPS based models of kill-rates and Energetic Requirements for Amur tigers - this latter project will be the focus ofincoming graduate student Clay Miller's MS thesis starting in Fall 2009.
Female tigress in GPS collar
Predicted tiger habitat quality in the Changbaishan Landscape, China/Russia
Tiger track

Lead Researchers:

Clay Miller, MS student
Mark Hebblewhite


Dr. Dale Miquelle, WCS-Russia Program Director
Dr. John Goodrich, Panthera


Wildlife Conservation Society
Mohammed bin Zayad Species Conservation Fund
Save the Tiger Fund

Project Duration:  

August 2009 - August 2012

Project Links:

Wildlife Conservation Society - Russia


Mohammed bin Zayad Species Conservation Fund


Clay Miller MS Thesis (May, 2012)

Miller et al. (2012) Cat News Amur Tiger translocation success.

Miller et al. (2010). Tiger telemetry review.

Hebblewhite et al. (2012). Changbaishan tiger recovery.

Hebblewhite et al. (2011). Amur leopard recovery.