All of my research is collaborative. I work with other scientists, NGOs, and government agencies to improve the conservation of the natural world. My interests are wide ranging and intersect with researchers from an array of disciplines.
Bushmeat Hunting, Trading, and Consumption I am interested in understanding bushmeat hunting in the African tropical forest zone from a holistic, anthropological perspective. My goals are to examine the impact of bushmeat hunting on large-bodied mammals (especially primates) and forest structure, assess the importance of bushmeat hunting, trading, and consumption to households, and use these data to help develop strategies that contribute to the protection of threatened species.
Tropical Forest Protected Area Management My goals are to use field-based data to inform protected area management strategies. Specifically, I am currently involved in a long-term project (funded by the UK-based Darwin Initiative and the US Fish and Wildlife Service) that attempts to improve the effectiveness of anti-poaching patrols through the use of acoustic monitoring. My colleagues and I use acoustic monitoring to assess spatio-temporal patterns of gun hunting and primate and elephant activity in Korup N.P. and use that information to design and evaluate anti-poaching patrols. For more information on this project, see the Darwin Initiative website, here (p.17).
Industrial Oil Palm Development I have been investigating the expansion and ecological/socioeconomic impacts of industrial oil palm plantations in tropical Africa. This is a rapidly emerging threat to tropical forests. I have also helped to initiate and organize a global campaign against the American agribusiness company Herakles Farms, which is developing a 20,000 ha (previously, 70,000 ha) oil palm plantation in one of the most biodiverse places in Africa. For more information on this project, read this peer-reviewed article and this blog post.