I collaborated with colleagues from University of Oxford, WildCRU (Dr. Christos Astaras and Dr. David Macdonald) and Cornell University, Elephant Listening Project (Dr. Peter Wrege) to develop, test, and provide training for an evidence-based, decision-support system to help design and assess the efficacy of anti-poaching patrols in tropical forest protected areas using a novel application of passive acoustic monitoring techniques to quantify spatial and temporal patterns of gun hunting activity.
The research was conducted in Cameroon's Korup National Park from 2013-2016 in partnership with the Programme for the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources - South West Region (PSMNR-SWR), Korup Rainforest Conservation Society (KRCS), World Wildlife Fund - Cameroon, and the Cameroon Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.
Funding for the research was provided by the UK-based Darwin Initiative, SAVE Wildlife Conservation Fund, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
We presented some of our results at the 2016 meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Atlanta, Georgia. Click here for the poster presentation.