Chris Jordan, Ph.D.

Nicaragua Programs Director

Dr. Chris Jordan is the director of GWC’s Nicaragua program and a focal point for GWC in Latin America. He is the coordinator of Proyecto Tapir Nicaragua, a Baird’s tapir research and conservation initiative based in the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua; he works through an agreement with Panthera as their Science Supervisor for their Nicaragua Program; and works directly with the Regional Government of the Southern Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region of Nicaragua and the Rama and Kriol Territorial Government on forest conservation and protected areas management.

Chris is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. He is also on the Steering Committee of the IUCN SSC Tapir Specialist Group and helps to coordinate the World Tapir Conservation Program. He is strongly interested in community-based conservation, indigenous peoples and conservation, developing conservation solutions in politically complex environments, and protecting the last intact forested landscapes of Central America. He has extensive experience in the United States, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Colombia and Guyana. His current work focuses on Baird’s Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) and Jaguar (Panthera onca) spatial ecology, forest conservation and indigenous rights, and site security and protected areas management in the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.


  • Ph.D. Michigan State University, USA Ph.D. Fisheries and Wildlife
  • B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Massachusetts.
  • B.A. Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Massachusetts.


Jordan, C.A. 2015. The dynamics of wildlife and environmental knowledge in a bioculturally diverse coupled natural and human system in the Caribbean region of Nicaragua. Ph.D. diss., ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing.

Jordan, C.A., M.R. Galeano, and A. S. Alonzo. 2014. La Cacería Histórica de Tapires Centroamericanos (Tapirus bairdii) en la RAAS, Nicaragua. Estudios Ambientales. 1(1)

Jordan, C. A., G. R. Urquhart, and D. B. Kramer. 2013. On Using Mental Model Interviews to Improve Camera Trapping: Adapting Research to Costeño Environmental Knowledge. Conservation and Society. 11(2):159-175

Jordan, C.A. and G.R. Urquhart. 2013. Baird’s tapirs (Tapirus bairdii) in Nicaragua. Tapir Conservation. 22(30):14-21

Simons, A., C.A. Jordan and G.R. Urquhart. 2012. Nikaragua kus waupusa tanira daiwan wail nani rayaka ba. Managua.

Jordan, C.A. and K. Roe Hulse. 2010. Estado de la biodiversidad terrestre de la Región Autónoma Atlántico Sur (RAAS), Nicaragua. Ciencia e Interculturalidad. 7(2):136–154.

Jordan, C. A., K.J. Stevens, G.R. Urquhart, D.B. Kramer, and K. Roe. 2010. A new record of Baird’s tapir Tapirus bairdii in Nicaragua and potential implications. Tapir Conservation 19:11-15.

McComb, B., B. Zuckerberg, D. Vesely, and C. Jordan. 2010. Monitoring Animal Populations and Their Habitats: A Practitioners Guide. Taylor & Francis Group.Boca Raton, Florida.

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