Thomas O. McShane has over twenty-five years of experience in conservation and development. He has worked in the private sector, for government in both developed and developing countries, and for international non-governmental organizations. He is currently a research associate with the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University and Principal Investigator of the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation-supported Advancing Conservation in a Social Context research initiative investigating the complex trade-offs that exist between biodiversity conservation and human well-being. With degrees in forestry and civil engineering, he was most recently Senior Conservation Advisor to WWF International with responsibility for conservation and development projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He coauthored The Myth of Wild Africa: Conservation without Illusion and is co-editor of Getting Biodiversity Projects to Work: Towards More Effective Conservation and Development. He has written extensively on conservation and people issues.
Wilkie, D., K.H. Redford and T.O. McShane (2008) Taking of rights for natural resource conservation: a discussion about compensation. Journal of Sustainable Forestry: in press.
McShane, T.O. and Sheila O’Connor (2007) Hard choices: understanding the trade-offs between conservation and development. In Protected Areas and Human Livelihoods. eds. K.H. Redford and E. Fearn, 145-152. Working paper No. 32. Bronx, New York: Wildlife Conservation Society.
Tongson, E. and T.O. McShane (2006) Securing indigenous rights and biodiversity conservation through partnerships in Sibuyan Island, Romblon, Philippines. Policy Matters 14:286-297.
McShane, T.O. (2005) Protected areas and development assistance agencies: at the intersection of conservation and development. In Friends for Life: New Partners in Support of Protected Areas. ed. J. A. McNeely, 91-100. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN-The World Conservation Union.
Sayer, J., C. Elliott, E. Barrow, S. Gretzinger, S. Maginnis, T. McShane and G. Shepherd (2005) Implications for biodiversity conservation of decentralized forest resources management. In The Politics of Decentralization: Forests, Power and People, eds. C. J. Pierce Colfer & D. Capistrano, 121-137. London: Earthscan.
Wells, M.P. and T.O. McShane (2004) Integrating protected area management with local needs and aspirations. Ambio 33:513-519.
Scherl, L.M., A. Wilson, R. Wild, J. Blockhus, P. Franks, J.A McNeely and T.O. McShane (2004) Can Protected Areas Contribute to Poverty Reduction? Opportunities and Limitations. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN-The World Conservation Union.
McShane, T.O. and M.P. Wells (eds.) (2004) Getting Biodiversity Projects to Work: Toward More Effective Conservation and Development. New York: Columbia University Press.
McShane, T.O. (2003) Protected areas and poverty -- the linkages and how to address them. Policy Matters 12:52-53.
McShane, T.O. (2003) The devil in the detail of biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology 17:1-3.
McShane, T.O. and E. McShane-Caluzi (2002) Resource use in Gabon: sustainability or biotic impoverishment? In Culture, Ecology and Politics in Gabon's Rainforest. eds. M.C. Reed and J.F. Barnes, 7-36. Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press.
McShane, T.O. and G. Oviedo (2000) Integrating forest protected areas within national development strategies. In The Design and Management of Forest Protected Areas. eds. D.S. Rana and L. Edelman, 87-88. WWF, Gland, Switzerland.
McShane, T.O. (1999) Voyages of discovery: four lessons from the DGIS-WWF Tropical Forest Portfolio. Arborvitae supplement: 1-6.
McShane, T.O. and E. McShane-Caluzi (1998) Biodiversity and ecosystem change in Swiss forests. In The Re-introduction of the Lynx into the Alps, eds. C. Breitenmoser-Würster, C. Rohner and U. Breitenmoser, 41-50. Environmental Encounters, No. 38, Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing.
McShane, T.O. and E. McShane-Caluzi (1997) Swiss forest use and biodiversity conservation. In Harvesting Wild Species: Implications for Biodiversity, ed. C.H. Freese, 132-166. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press.
Dublin, H.T., T.O. McShane and J.E. Newby (1997) Conserving Africa’s Elephants: Current Issues and Priorities for Action. WWF, Gland, Switzerland. pp. 1-28.
Adams, J.S. and T.O. McShane (1992 & 1996) The Myth of Wild Africa: Conservation without Illusion. W.W. Norton, New York (1992) & University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles (1996).
McShane, T.O. (1990) Wildlands and human needs: resource use in an African protected area. Landscape and Urban Planning 19, 145-158.
McShane-Caluzi, E. et T.O. McShane (1990) Conservation avant la crise: stratégie pour la conservation au Gabon. WWF, Gland, Suisse et Washington, D.C. pp. 1-104.
McShane, T.O. (1990) Conservation before the crisis: an opportunity in Gabon. Oryx 24, 9-14.
McShane, T.O. (1989) Some preliminary results of the relationship between soils and tree response to elephant damage. Pachyderm 11, 29-31.
McShane, T.O. and E. McShane-Caluzi (1988) The habitats, birds and mammals of Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve, Malawi. Nyala 12, 39-66.
McShane, T.O. (1987) Elephant-fire relationships in Combretum/Terminalia woodland in south-west Niger. African Journal of Ecology 25, 79-94.
McShane, T.O. (1985) Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve: a baseline ecological survey and management recommendations. Department of National Parks and Wildlife, Lilongwe, Malawi. pp. 1-302.
McShane, T.O. and E. McShane-Caluzi (1984) Research for management in Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve, Malawi. In Conservation and Wildlife Management in Africa, eds. R.H.V. Bell and E. McShane-Caluzi, 137-143. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Peace Corps.
Bell, R.H.V. and T.O. McShane (1984) Landscape classification. In Conservation and Wildlife Management in Africa, eds. R.H.V. Bell and E. McShane-Caluzi, 93-106. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Peace Corps.
McShane, T.O. and J.F. Grettenberger (1984) Food of the golden jackal (Canis aureus) in central Niger. African Journal of Ecology 22, 49-53.
Brown, B., J. Henderson, T. McShane, R. Stephens and G. Van der Ray (1980) Riparian vegetation and streambank stability in the Olympic National Forest, Washington State. USDA, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region, Olympic National Forest, Olympia, Washington, USA.