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What Impacts do Invasive Species have on African Wild Mammals?

Project Description

Large areas of land in Kenya have been invaded by introduced plant species. Invasions of rangelands may affect habitat quality for wildlife species, and thus their movement, distribution and habitat use within a landscape, and we need this information in order to fully understand the ecological impacts that plant invasions have. This project will assess the distribution and habitat use of wild mammals in Kenya in relation to invasions by prickly pear cacti (Opuntia), which are known to form monospecific stands that impede wild and livestock animal movements. Some of these invasions have been subjected to biological control, which offers an opportunity to understand how mammal distributions may change over time after invader removal.

The project provides a unique opportunity to understand how invasive plants and their removal affect habitat use and human-wildlife conflicts, in an area of high conservation value in East Africa. The candidate will gain valuable field experiences, training in camera-trapping methods, and complex modelling techniques.

Applicants should contact Dr Wayne Dawson (), and send a cover letter explaining her/his suitability for the project, and a cv, plus the names of two referees.

Funding Notes

NERC IAPETUS PhD competition, 3.5 years if successful.
This project is in competition with others for funding. Success will depend on the quality of applications received, relative to those for competing projects. If you are interested in applying, in the first instance contact the supervisor, with a CV and covering letter, detailing your reasons for applying for the project

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