Tropical Conservation Ecology

We study biological processes affecting diversity, ecology, and functioning in tropical forests, especially in Southeast Asia. We work on a variety of taxa, from arthropods (bees, butterflies, and dung beetles) to molluscs to terrestrial vertebrates (birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles). In the hope to help guide conservation policy, we evaluate the impact of human activities on these animal communities by making comparative studies in both intact and degraded forest habitats.

Research Areas

  • Effect of habitat disturbance and forest fragmentation on animal communities
  • Changes in ecosystem functioning and services across disturbance gradients
  • Value of protected areas for biodiversity and local communities
  • Species interactions and co-extinctions
  • Biological correlates of extinction risk
  • Management of invasive species
  • Conservation policy at international and local scales