Philip Nyhus (pjnyhus@colby.edu), Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, is the principal organizer of the upcoming conference on "Students as Conservation Catalysts." His interdisciplinary research bridges the natural and social sciences to address human interactions with the environment. He is particularly interested in the policy dimensions of human-wildlife conflict and endangered species conservation. His current research includes biodiversity risk assessment, GIS-based spatial models, large landscape conservation, and tiger and large mammal conservation in the US and Asia.