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The human-nature dance

Researcher Neil Carter

Neil Carter is on the trail of tigers in and near Chitwan National Park in Nepal. Not to capture them, but to better understand the elusive, yet endangered, creatures in a place where humans and wild animals live side by side.

A doctoral student in MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Carter is on a mission to collect data on the complex interactions between humans and tigers—a sort of human-nature dance. His work will identify conditions that will allow both to coexist—and flourish—long into the future.

“It’s interesting to me that you can have an animal that’s so charismatic that people respond to viscerally, yet that are still endangered and are still declining,” says Carter.

Carter’s work is part of MSU’s Coupled Human and Natural Systems—a discipline that examines ways to both benefit the environment and enable people to thrive.

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Watch a video of Neil Carter and Jianguo “Jack” Liu, MSU’s Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, discussing how humans and the environment can coexist.

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