PhD topic title: Landscapes for the conservation of the Giant Ibis in Cambodia
PhD supervisors: Dr Colin Beale, Dr Kate Arnold and Simon Mahood
Biography and research
I completed my undergraduate in Environmental Science at Leeds University. My dissertation looked at the abundance and diversity of avifauna within mangrove forests with different levels of human disturbance.
I completed an International Masters in Applied Ecology, a two-year Erasmus Mundus funded program where I studied in France, Ecuador, Portugal and Brazil. My dissertation used citizen science data to estimate the distribution of the Greater Rhea in relation to cattle ranching and soya plantations. During my PhD I will continue to explore the theme of landscape level change and its impacts on biodiversity.
My project focusses on landscape changes that have impacted the Giant Ibis in Cambodia. I will be considering the landscape features used by the young ibis, the implications of herbivore loss on the survival of the giant ibis and examining current conservation efforts to work on an updated conservation management plan for the species.