Sam Williams

Conservation Biologist

Durham University


Sam Williams is an Associate Staff Editor at PeerJ. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University, and an Independent Researcher at the Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE).

His research interests focus on carnivores in the Anthropocene, with a mission to determine how carnivores can benefit people through ecosystem services, and how people can benefit carnivores through biodiversity conservation.


  • Carnivore conservation
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Animals in the Anthropocene


  • PhD in Biological Anthropology, 2012

    Durham University

  • MRes in Biological Sciences, 2004

    University of Manchester

  • BSc in Biology, 2003

    University of Manchester

Recent Publications

Illuminating movement? Nocturnal activity patterns in chacma baboons

Although diurnal primates may periodically be active at night, there is limited evidence for strategic use of the nocturnal phase even …

Using road patrol data to identify factors associated with carnivore roadkill counts

We assessed the feasibility of using roadkill data collected daily between 2014 and 2017 by road patrol staff from a private road …