About the Project
This PhD project will draw on a unique long-term landscape-scale dataset of tree phenology coupled with data on abundance of primates (gorillas, mandrills), large herbivores (elephants) and climate. For local communities dependent upon particular ecosystem services, such as non-timber forest products and tourism, a lack of prediction prevents the development of adequate resilience to change in the rural economy. It also acts against external investment in the national economy by adding insecurity to long term business planning. Thus, particularly for a country with a large tourism development potential such as Gabon, understanding how environmental changes affect interacting biotic components of tropical forest systems is highly important to facilitate a fundamental change in the resilience of rural livelihoods and the dependent local rural and national economy. The project will centre on two main components: 1) understanding the effect of climatic drivers on tree phenology and the interaction with primate and other large herbivore dynamics, 2) building resilience in the local rural economy, given its dependence on tourism linked to primate and non-primate large herbivore presence and abundance and to a growing use of non-timber forest products.
More detailed information is available by contacting Dr Nils Bunnefeld at [Email Address Removed]. For information on the African Forest Ecology Group see www.sbes.stir.ac.uk/research/ecology/afeg/index.html
Applicants must hold a minimum of a Bachelors degree at 2:1 or above (or equivalent) in a related subject. You must be highly numerate and ideally possess relevant experience in large dataset handling and analysis. The project will involve periods of fieldwork and work with GNPA and tourism industry partners in Gabon. Consequently, you should also be confident and both independent and a good team member. Knowledge of French or willingness to learn French is important.
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