My research interests focus on social-ecological systems using the combination of empirical data collection and modelling to investigate the interaction between human decision-making and the dynamics of ecological processes.
My research interests focus on how conflicts between wildlife conservation and other human activities develop over time. To do this, I collect and analyse time series relating to the sociological (e.g. media articles), economic (e.g. damage and compensation payments) and ecological (e.g. population size and distribution) aspects of conflicts.
My research in ConFooBio aims to assess disagreements in conservation conflicts and understand the factors that influence whether or not conflicting stakeholders are willing to cooperate. One of my core interests lies in developing new understanding of stakeholders’ decision-making from behavioural games and deliberative approaches. I am also interested in examining the influence of uncertainties (at various levels of the natural system and decision-making processes) on the development and resolution of these conflicts.
As part of the ConFooBio project, I am developing software to construct general social-ecological models that integrate game theory and ecological theory to resolve conflicts between biodiversity conservation and food security. These models build off of a previously developed management strategy evaluation (MSE) framework to simulate all aspects of management: population dynamics, manager observation of populations, manager decision-making, and stakeholder responses to management decisions.
I am a community ecologist, with a focus on tropical forest tree communities, lianas, and carbon storage. I have broad interests in conservation biology, and am developing my experience in human-wildlife conservation conflict research as a postdoc within the ConFooBio research group. My PhD investigated the biodiversity and carbon impacts of landscape-scale tropical forest fragmentation, and carbon storage within regenerating secondary tropical forests.
My role in ConFooBio is to contribute to the continuing development of the GMSE model, as well as work towards its application to novel and different case studies. In addition, I intend to build further stakeholder engagement to assist in the uptake and distribution of both GMSE and similar modelling approaches to resolve human-wildlife conflicts.