PhD Candidate
PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland
Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science

Alex Braczkowski is a big cat biologist from Kwazulu-Natal, SA. He has researched lions in the Timbavati, leopards in the greater Knysna ecosystem and Zululand and the lesser-known caracal in the Cape. In 2014 he graduated from the University of Oxford with a Masters degree examining aspects surrounding the hunting of leopards in Africa. Since leaving Oxford, he has worked for Steve Winter as a photographic assistant and second cameraman for National Geographic's biggest ever magazine and television story on leopards and his magazine story on jaguars. He is also working towards his Ph.D. at the University of Queensland in Australia, examining the economics and efficiency of monitoring and conserving big cats and other large carnivores in Africa. 



  • Braczkowski, A., Ruzo, A., Sanchez, F., Castagnino, R., Brown, C., Guynup, S., Winter, S., et al. (2019). The ayahuasca tourism boom: An undervalued demand driver for jaguar body parts? Conservation Science and Practice, 1(12), e126.


  • Braczkowski, A., Holden, M., O'Bryan, C., Choi, C., Gan, X., Beesley, C., Gao, Y., et al. (2018). Reach and messages of the world's largest ivory burn. Conservation biology, 32(4), 765-773.

  • Braczkowski, A., O'Bryan, C., Stringer, M., Watson, J., Possingham, H., Beyer, H. (2018). Leopards provide public health benefits in Mumbai, India. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 16(3), 176-182.

  • O’Bryan, C., Braczkowski, A., Beyer, H., Carter, N., Watson, J., McDonald-Madden, E. (2018). The contribution of predators and scavengers to human well-being. Nature ecology & evolution, 2(2), 229-236.


  • Biggs, D., Holden, M., Braczkowski, A., Cook, C., Milner-Gulland, E., Phelps, J., Scholes, R., et al. (2017). Breaking the deadlock on ivory. Science, 358(6369), 1378-1381. DOI: 10.1126/science.aan5215

  • Negret, P., Allan, J., Braczkowski, A., Maron, M., Watson, J. (2017). Need for conservation planning in postconflict Colombia. Conservation Biology, 31(3), 499-500. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12935


  • Sharbafi, E., Farhadinia, M., Rezaie, H., Braczkowski, A. (2016). Prey of the Persian Leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor) in a mixed forest-steppe landscape in northeastern Iran (Mammalia: Felidae). Zoology in the Middle East, 62(1), 1-8.

  • Biggs, D., Holden, M., Braczkowski, A., Possingham, H. (2016). Elephant poaching: Track the impact of Kenya's ivory burn. Nature, 534(7606), 179. DOI:10.1038/534179a

  • Braczkowski, A., Balme, G., Dickman, A., Fattebert, J., Johnson, P., Dickerson, T., et al. (2016). Scent lure effect on camera-trap based leopard density estimates. PLoS One, 11(4), e0151033. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151033

  • Braczkowski, A., Balme, G., Dickman, A., Macdonald, D., Johnson, P., Lindsey, P. et al. (2016). Rosettes, Remingtons and Reputation: Establishing potential determinants of leopard (Panthera pardus) trophy prices across Africa. African Journal of Wildlife Research, 45(2), 158-168.


  • Braczkowski, A., Balme, G., Dickman, A., Macdonald, D., Fattebert, J., Dickerson, T., et al. (2015). Who bites the bullet first? The susceptibility of leopards Panthera pardus to trophy hunting. PloS one, 10(4), e0123100. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0123100


  • Braczkowski, A., Watson, L. (2013). Observations of leopard and caracal responses to novel scents in South Africa. CAT News, 58(1), 13-15. 


  • Braczkowski, A., Watson, L., Coulson, D., Lucas, J., Peiser, B., Rossi, M. (2012). The diet of caracal, Caracal caracal, in two areas of the southern Cape, South Africa as determined by scat analysis. South African Journal of Wildlife Research, 42(2), 111-116.

  • Balme, G., Hunter, L., Braczkowski, A. (2012). Applicability of age-based hunting regulations for African leopards. PloS one, 7(4), e35209. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0035209​