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.
MEM '13, Ben Carlson, led a paper that was just published in Global Change Biology on carbon stocks in dead wood (necromass) in Gabonese forests. In the largest study of deadwood to date in the tropics, we find that deadwood makes up 21% of Gabon's aboveground carbon, a threefold increase over previous estimates. We also show that deadwood stocks increase with logging and the abundance of large trees. Our paper contributes to efforts to refine carbon accounting. The paper has been featured in several online blogs and newspages, including phys.org, Science Daily, Headline News, and others: (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161003183753.htm?).
The lab is seeking a post-doctoral researcher to work on multiple projects related to tropical ecology in Africa. The job is a two year position, and would entail both field work, writing publications from new and existing data, and looking for funding for new projects. See more details here.
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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.