Paolo is a DPhil student on the four-year Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Doctoral Training Partnership in Environmental Research. His project involves investigating the status, distribution and threats to several large carnivore species in southern Tanzania’s vast and largely unstudied Ruaha-Rungwa landscape. The area, covering over 45,000 km2, is believed to be home to some of Africa’s most important populations of threatened lion, leopard, cheetah, African wild dog, and spotted hyaena. Nevertheless, it has received very little attention and is extremely understudied. We asked him to tell us a bit more about what his research involves.