Department of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Science & Engineering
ECOLOGICAL GENETICS & CONSERVATION
My research is focused on examining the impact of fencing and confining wild elephant populations in montane forests – is there a long-term impact on a population’s demographic structure with ramifications for future population viability, do elephants exhibit a physiological response to confinement, and what are the consequences of curtailing the dispersal of elephants on the extent and quality of the forest habitat?
To address these questions my work employs a variety of methods. Camera trapping surveys to estimate population density, collection of elephant demographic data, measuring concentrations of faecal glucocorticoid metabolites (fGM’s) to examine physiological stress, and remote sensing techniques to detect vegetation change in the forest.
My work is carried out in collaboration with Chester Zoo, and the Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS).
Morrison, J., Higginbottom, T.P., Symeonakis, E., Jones, M.J., Omengo, F., Walker, S.L..,Cain, B. (2018) Detecting Vegetation Change in Response to Confining Elephants in Forests Using MODIS Time-Series and BFAST. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 1075.
Morrison, J., Omengo, F., Jones, M.J., Symeonakis, E., Walker, S.L., Cain, B. (2019) Using Camera Traps to Estimate Density of Elephants in Forest Habitats (In Prep)