Emma Bush

PhD Research Student

MSc. Conservation Science, Imperial College London (2013)
BA. (hons) Biological Sciences, University of Oxford (2010)

Supervisors:
Dr Nils Bunnefeld
Dr Kate Abernethy
Prof Alistair Jump
Dr Daisy Dent

Start Date: 1st November 2013

4V5, Cottrell Building
Biological & Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Natural Sciences
University of Stirling
Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4LA

tel: +44 (0)1786 467794
fax: +(44) 1786 467843 
email: e.r.bush@stir.ac.uk
twitter: @er_bush

Research Project

Determining the impact of climate change on the sustainability of tourism investment and long-term strategic planning for environmental management in Gabon

The project will explore the links between climatic variation, tree phenology and primate and large herbivore abundance in Gabon with aim of informing on the sustainability of tourism and long-term strategic planning for environmental management. We will draw on a unique long-term landscape-scale dataset of tree phenology (collected over 30 years) coupled with data on abundance of primates (gorillas, mandrills), large herbivores (elephants) and climate. 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.

Funding acknowledgements

Impact Collaborative Research Studentship funded by the University of Stirling and Gabon National Parks Agency

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