Autobiography Originally from the French Alps, I moved to the UK to do an undergraduate degree in Zoology at the University of Bristol followed by an MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London. I obtained my PhD from the University of Oxford in 2016 and am now a postdoctoral researcher on the ConFooBio project.
Research Interests My primary 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.
I am also an avid camera trapper and spent my PhD designing and testing ways of quantifying mammal community patterns and processes from camera trap images, with the aim of comparing these across different land-uses. I am particularly interested in devising methods to study species interactions from camera arrays.
Last but not least, I love analysing animal movement trajectories collected using GPS collars (or other devices) to investigate habitat-use, species interactions and responses to anthropogenic landscapes.
Smit, J., Pozo, R. A., Cusack, J. J., Nowak, K., and Jones, T. (2017) Using camera traps to study the age-sex structure and behaviour of crop-using elephants in Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania. Oryx.
Cusack, J. J., Dickman, A. J., Kalyahe, M., Rowcliffe, J. M., Carbone, C., Macdonald, D. W., and Coulson, T. (2016). Revealing kleptoparasitic and predatory tendencies in an African mammal community using camera traps: a comparison of spatiotemporal approaches. Oikos, DOI: 10.1111/oik.03403.
Pozo, R. A., Schindler, S., Cubaynes, S., Cusack, J. J., Coulson, T., and Malo, A. F. (2016). Modeling the impact of selective hunting on red deer antlers. The Journal of Wildlife Management, DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21089.
Pfeifer, M., Kor, L., Nilus, R., Turner, E., Cusack, J., Lysenko, I., Khoo, M., Chey, V. K., Chung, A. C., and Ewers, R. M. (2016). Mapping the structure of Borneo’s tropical forests across a degradation gradient. Remote Sensing of Environment, 176, 84-97.
Alexander, J. S., Cusack, J. J., Pengju, C., Kun, S., and Riordan, P. (2015). Conservation of snow leopards: spill-over benefits for other carnivores? Oryx, DOI: 10.1017/S0030605315001040.
Cusack, J. J., Swanson, A., Coulson, T., Packer, C., Carbone, C., Dickman, A. J., Kosmala, M., Lintott, C., and Rowcliffe, M. (2015). Applying a random encounter model to estimate lion density from camera traps in Serengeti National Park. The Journal of Wildlife Management, DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.902.
Cusack, J. J., Dickman, A. J., Rowcliffe, M., Carbone, C., Macdonald, D. W., and Coulson, T. (2015). Random versus game trail based camera trap placement strategy for monitoring terrestrial mammal communities. PLoS One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126373.
Pfeifer, M., Lefebvre, V., Turner, E., Cusack, J., Khoo, M., Chey, V. K., Peni, M., and Ewers, R. M. (2015). Deadwood biomass: an underestimated carbon stock in degraded tropical forests. Environmental Research Letters, 10, 044019.
Cusack, J. J., Wearn, O. R., Bernard, H., and Ewers, R. (2015). Influence of microhabitat structure and disturbance on detection of native and non-native murids in logged and unlogged forests of northern Borneo. Journal of Tropical Ecology, DOI: 10.1017/S0266467414000558.