Tyler Nuckols headshot
Ph.D. Student
Environmental Studies

Faculty Advisor

Karen Bailey


  • M.S., Global Conservation Leadership, Colorado State University
  • B.S., Recreation Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University College Station

Research Interest

  • Coupled Human And Natural Systems
  • Human-Wildlife Interactions
  • Conservation Psychology
  • Human Well-Being
  • Conflict Adaptive Agro-ecosystems


Tyler Nuckols (they/them) is a Ph.D. Student in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. At CU, Tyler is researching social-ecological approaches to mitigate negative human-elephant interactions that simultaneously improve local community livelihoods and achieve Asian elephant conservation aims.

Before coming to CU, Tyler has nearly a decade of experience as a practitioner, communicator, and community organizer in the environmental space, including in Cambodia on captive and wild elephant conservation and indigenous community rights and livelihoods, and here in Colorado communicating and organizing around issues related to climate change and environmental justice with Conservation Colorado and The Wilderness Society.

Tyler completed their M.S. in Global Conservation Leadership in 2021 at Colorado State University. Their thesis used systematic mapping to examine the state of global human-wildlife conflict research related to agricultural systems. Originally from Texas, Tyler completed their B.S. in Recreation Park and Tourism Sciences in 2014 and is now happy to call Colorado home for the past five years. When not thinking about elephants, Tyler is a recreational botanist, avid hiker, amateur cycler, and lover of dogs.