I am an ecologist specialising in animal movement and spatial ecology. I am primarily a movement ecologist with a very broad range of interests covering many areas of conservation and ecology and I have worked on a range of taxa including plants, fish, invertebrates, mammals and birds in many countries around the world.
I am currently a research associate at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Myanmar sits at a key juncture between SE Asian countries and bioregions, and is an important piece of the puzzle in the international wildlife trade. Working with local partners, Friends of Wildlife, we carried out the first nationwide survey of hunters and wildlife markets in Myanmar, talking directly to hundreds of hunters about what species they see, what and how they hunt and where they sell goods. Our results paint a stark picture of wildlife harvesting and trade in Myanmar. Critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable, and near threatened species are widely hunted, consumed, and sold around the country. Species that were hunted and/or found in markets included pangolin, gibbon, clouded leopard, Asian elephant, Asiatic black bear, sun bear, Burmese roofed turtle, great hornbill and gaur to name only a few. Domestic consumption and trade of wildlife species is a major factor in the declines of threatened species across the tropics and needs to be addressed in tandem with a focus on demand reduction in the international market. A combination of improved enforcement of newly strengthened laws, community outreach, and providing alternative sources of protein will be required if the forests of this keystone country for Asian biodiversity are to be saved from falling silent forever.
We deployed satellite transmitters to provide the first detailed picture of the movement behaviour of Australian Wood Ducks (Chenonetta jubata) through agricultural landscapes where the availability and spatial arrangement of resources are highly predictable. We measured movement distances and home-range areas of individual Australian Wood Ducks and investigated their site fidelity by comparing the overlap of successive home-range areas on a fortnightly temporal scale. First passage time (FPT) analysis was used to determine the spatial scales at which foraging occurs within home-range areas. Our results support the conclusions of previous studies suggesting that the movement behaviour of Australian Wood Ducks is shaped strongly by the temporal and spatial predictability of their grazing areas and access to water in the form of farm dams.