2013 – present: PhD student; Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London & University College London
2010 – 2013: Project Manager; Serengeti Cheetah Project, Tanzania
2009 – 2010: Assistant Research Officer; Madagascar Forest Project, Frontier
2009: Conservation Trainee; Berks Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust
2007 – 2008: MSc Conservation Science; Imperial College London
2004 – 2007: BSc Zoology; University of Liverpool
Habitat loss and fragmentation have been identified as the leading causes of global biodiversity loss. As the world’s human population continues to grow, the pressure to convert areas of remaining natural habitat for more intensive human use is only likely to increase. How the species living in these increasingly human-dominated areas are able to persist, and even thrive, is key for successful conservation and coexistence.
My PhD focusses on cheetah and African wild dogs living in a human-dominated landscape in Northern Kenya. My study area covers a matrix of different land-use types, ranging from commercial cropland to traditional agro-pastoralist grazing to heavily protected wildlife sanctuaries. The landscape is also criss-crossed by many features which may channel or impede wildlife movement, such as rivers, fences and roads. As the widest-ranging species within Africa’s large carnivore guild, the cheetah and the African wild dog are likely to be most affected by any loss in habitat connectivity. By using movement data from both species I will investigate how wild dogs and cheetah use the landscape and how they are affected by the different land use types and geographical features. These findings will then be distilled into a series of recommendations to ensure future development plans for the area have minimal negative effects for these two endangered species.
Professor Rosie Woodroffe - Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London
Dr Sarah Durant - Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London
Dr Richard Pearson - Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, University College London