A herd of Chital (Axis axis) in Bardiya National Park, Nepal

Resource Ecology Group

In the Anthropocene, human pressures on wildlife are reaching unprecedented levels. Animals, plants, and entire ecosystems must bear these pressures across different spatial and temporal scales. We, the members of the Resource Ecology Group (REG), study how humans influence wildlife. We examine both direct mechanisms and mechanisms that are more indirect and that are part of larger-scale processes. Examples of the former include hunting, fire, and other disturbances; examples of the latter include habitat modification and climate change.

In general, we engage in three main research lines:

First, we investigate how individual animals perform and adapt in response to both anthropogenic and natural changes, and how this affects functioning, viability, and resilience from populations to ecosystems.

Second, we study ecological interactions and their cascading effects on processes and patterns at lower and higher levels of biological organisation.

Third, we identify conservation options, and we test the effectiveness of conservation interventions.

Important themes that cut across our main research lines include the following:
• animal movement and distributions,
• population dynamics,
• trophic interactions, and
• disease and physiology.

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