Emma R. Bush

Emma Bush (PhD Student)



Supervisors Dr. Nils Bunnefeld, Dr. Kate Abernethy, Dr. Daisy Dent, Dr. Kath Jeffery, Prof. Alistair Jump

Research Project: Determining the impact of climate change on the sustainability of tourism investment and long-term strategic planning for environmental management in Gabon.

My research interests lie in the development and application of effective conservation science. I am convinced we have moved beyond the era of fortress conservation and that interventions need to be firmly routed in an understanding of the socio-ecological system. My research so far has been varied in geographic and taxonomic focus, from the effects of deer management on temperate woodland rodents, to the exotic pet trade and most recently the livelihood impacts of mosquito net fishing in coastal Kenyan communities! I am excited to be starting my PhD studying the links between climatic variation, tree phenology and primate and large herbivore abundance at Lopé National Park in Gabon. Our aim is to maximise the social impact of our research by prioritising lines of enquiry according to the requirements of key stakeholders. Have a look at the project pages for more information. Get in touch if you want to chat about any of these thoughts or the projects I have been involved in.


2012-2013: MSc. in Conservation Science (Imperial College, London)


2011 – 2012: Academic Researcher (WildCRU, University of Oxford)

  • A global review of the exotic pet trade
  • Assessing the effects of climate change and fragmentation on temperate woodland animals
  • Effects of tropical forest modification and fragmentation on dung beetle biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (SAFE project)


2010 – 2011: PTES Mammal Research Intern (WildCRU, University of Oxford)

  • Woodland recovery after removal of deer: cascade effects for small mammals

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2007-2010: BA (Hons) in Biological Sciences (University of Oxford)


Bush, E.R., Baker, S.E., MacDonald, D.W. Global trade in exotic pets 2006 -2012. Conservation Biology: In press.

Bush, E.R., Buesching, CD, Slade, EM, MacDonald, DW, (2012) Woodland recovery after suppression of deer: Cascade effects for small mammals, Wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) and Bank voles (Myodes glareolus). PLoS ONE 7(2): e31404. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031404

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