I received my PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1994 on the introduction of Sika deer to Scotland. I went to Gabon in 1993 as a postdoctoral researcher and became Director of the Station d’Etudes des Gorilles et Chimpanzés (SEGC) in Lopé National Park, in 2000, a post I held until 2007. I spent several years studying ape ecology before pioneering research into the ecology of mandrills and supervising several PhDs on large mammal ecology and conservation. I then went on to establish many of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s activities in Lopé including the CEDAMM training centre, a community outreach project, an Eco-museum and a mandrill tourism project. I have influenced environmental policy through several high-profile projects, including The National Strategy for Bushmeat Management in Gabon. I am also a successful botanical artist and my work is widely published. I am now a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and an Associate Researcher for the National Centre for Research in Science and Technology in Gabon (CENAREST).
My article, 'Extent and ecological consequences of hunting in Central African rainforests in the twenty-first century' has been selected by F1000Prime as being of special significance in its field:
Rifai SW, Girardin CAJ, Berenguer E, del Aguila-Pasquel J, Dahlsjö CAL, Doughty CE, Jeffery KJ, Moore S, Oliveras I, Riutta T, Rowland LM, Murakami AA, Addo-Danso SD, Abernethy KA & White LJT (2018) ENSO Drives interannual variation of forest woody growth across the tropics. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373 (1760), Art. No.: 20170410. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2017.0410.
Mambeya MM, Baker F, Momboua BR, Koumba Pambo AF, Hega M, Okouyi Okouyi VJ, Onanga M, Challender DWS, Ingram DJ, Wang H & Abernethy K (2018) The emergence of a commercial trade in pangolins from Gabon. African Journal of Ecology, 56 (3), pp. 601-609. https://doi.org/10.1111/aje.12507.
Labriere N, Tao S, Chave J, Scipal K, Toan TL, Abernethy K, Alonso A, Barbier N, Bissiengou P, Casal T, Davies SJ, Ferraz A, Hérault B, Jeffery KJ & White LJT (2018) IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. https://doi.org/10.1109/jstars.2018.2851606.
Morellato LPC, Abernethy K & Mendoza I (2018) Rethinking tropical phenology: insights from long‐term monitoring and novel analytical methods. Biotropica, 50 (3), pp. 371-373. https://doi.org/10.1111/btp.12562.
Adamescu GS, Plumptre AJ, Abernethy KA, Polansky L, Bush ER, Chapman CA, Shoo LP, Fayolle A, Janmaat KRL, Robbins MM, Ndangalasi HJ, Cordeiro NJ, Gilby IC, Jeffery K & White L (2018) Biotropica, 50 (3), pp. 418-430. https://doi.org/10.1111/btp.12561.
Ripple WJ, Abernethy K, Betts MG, Chapron G, Dirzo R, Galetti M, Levi T, Lindsey PA, Macdonald DW, Machovina B, Newsome TM, Peres CA, Wallach AD, Wolf C & Young H (2016) Royal Society Open Science, 3, Art. No.: 160498.
Jeffery KJ, White L, Bush E, Moore S, Malhi Y, Lewis S, Dimoto E, Dikangadissi J, Evouna Ondo F, Edzang Ndong J, Ditoughou C, Lehmann D & Abernethy K (2016) Future perspectives from historical data; addressing the data-gap in Central Africa (Meeting Abstract) In: Sist P, Carriere S, Parolin P, Forget P-M (ed.) 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Paris, France: Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, 19.6.2016 - 23.6.2016, Montpellier, France, pp. 144-144.
Bahaa-el-din L, Henschel P, Aba'a R, Abernethy K, Bohm T, Bout N, Coad LM, Head J, Inoue E, Lahm SA, Lee M, Maisels F, Rabanal L, Starkey M, Taylor G, Vanthomme H, Nakashima Y & Hunter LTB (2013) Small Carnivore Conservation, 48, pp. 19-29.
Silva CA, Saatchi SS, Garcia M, Labriere N, Klauberg C, Ferraz A, Meyer V, Jeffery KJ, Abernethy K, White L, Zhao K, Lewis S & Hudak AT (2018) IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.