Graduate Researcher, Ph.D. Student

University of Colorado SEEC Building
Physicall: 4001 Discovery Drive, Ste. N290, Boulder, CO 80303
Mailing: UCBox 608, Suite N290, Boulder, CO 80309

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 accumulated 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 a 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 a 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.