Our paper in Current Biology on the 80% decline of forest elephants in Minkébé National Park, Gabon has just come out. The results are depressing, but will hopefully contribute to change in policy and encourage investment in the conservation of forest elephants. Here are a couple of a radio broadcast about the paper and a video produced by the Nicholas School with ANPN..
Below are news links about the paper.
And, some international links to stories:
La caza furtiva acaba con el 80% de los elefantes en una reserva ..
Afrikas Waldelefanten durch Wilderei vom Aussterben bedroht
Zahl der Waldelefanten sinkt dramatisch
Die Zahl - 25.000
Dramatischer Rückgang der Waldelefanten
Cri d'alarme pour l'éléphant d'Afrique centrale
Em dez anos, 25 mil elefantes foram mortos na maior reserva da ...
Caça ao marfim mata 80% dos elefantes de uma reserva no Gabão
Stropers doden 80 procent van alle bosolifanten in Gabon
Dr. Chris Beirne just started a post-doc position in the lab! He will start his position with an introduction to Africa -- heading out to do field work in mangroves and tropical forests in Gabon and Congo. Welcome, Chris, to the lab!
Click here to see an article in the Duke Chronicle about our work on forest elephants in Central Africa: http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2017/01/research-group-tracks-elephants-to-help-better-protect-them-from-poaching.
Amelia Meier presented the work of our Forest Elephant Group to the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies. Now she is in the news:https://global.duke.edu/duke-students-work-protect-disappearing-elephants.
Several of the Ipassa alumni met up in Durham recently! Pictured, left to right, are Cooper Rachel and Walt Rosin (Walt came into the picture after Ipassa, but he could be a future inductee)! Next to the Rosin family are Ruby Harrison, Michael Belovitch, Brandon Hayes, and Kendall Beals -- the founders of the Ipassa project.
See articles on our recent study, led by Dr. Sally Koerner, that documents declines in biodiversity across a gradient of hunting and human activity in northern Gabon. The work has been featured in both Science Daily (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161108115748.htm) and EurekAlert (https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/du-bhd110716.php)
Check out the recent article in Mongabey (https://news.mongabay.com/2016/11/hunting-stymies-rainforest-regrowth-says-a-new-study/) as a result of Cooper's recent publication in Forest Ecology and Management!
See an interesting NPR article on bushmeat and food security that mentions our work here: www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/10/27/499429139/theres-another-side-to-bush-meat-that-doesnt-get-much-attention.
See below the coolest Jack O' Lantern of Halloween 2016 - carved by our own creative Emily Mills! Well done!
Cooper Rosin led a paper that was just published in Forest Ecology and Management, which demonstrates that the increasing hunting of medium and large-bodied mammals in Gabon can lead to significant increases in seed predation by rodents, with subsequent decreases in seedling establishment of commercially-important tree species. Diminished timber seedling establishment in hunted forests may have economic consequences and could lead to the conversion of selectively-logged forests to non-forest land uses with little conservation value, while appropriate management that reduces or eliminates hunting within concessions could preclude these outcomes.
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I am an Assistant Professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. My research focuses on tropical forest plants and animals and their conservation and management.