Tim Caro

Tim Caro

Position Title
Professor Emeritus

Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, College of Ag. and Environ. Sciences
Center for Population Biology

1088 Academic Surge Building

Profile Introduction

Animal coloration, biodiversity conservation in the tropics, linking behavioral ecology and conservation biology.

Research Interests

Coloration, Behavior, and Conservation Biology

Evolution of coloration in animals; antipredator strategies in birds and mammals; methods of conserving tropical diversity, linking animal behavior and conservation biology; interspecific predation in mammals.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Animal Behavior
  • Ecology Graduate Group
  • Population Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Behavioral ecology


Field Sites

  • Tanzania

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the Linnaen Society

    Professional Societies

    • International Society for Behavioral Ecology
    • Animal Behavior Society
    • Society for Conservation Biology


    • 1979 PhD Zoology/Psychology University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom


    Caro, T. 2016.  Zebra Stripes. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

    Caro T. 2010. Conservation by Proxy: Indicator, Umbrella, Keystone, Flagship, and Other Surrogate Species. Island Press, Washington DC. 374pp.

    Caro T. 2005. Antipredator Defenses in Birds and Mammals. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 572pp.

    Caro T. 1998. Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Biology. Oxford University Press, New York, 582 pp.

    Caro TM. 1994. Cheetahs of the Serengeti Plains: Group Living in an Asocial Species. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 478 pp.