Wildlife Ecology and Conservation 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 Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Group (WEC), study how humans influence wildlife. We examine both direct mechanisms like hunting and fire, and mechanisms that are more indirect and that are part of larger-scale processes, such as climate change.

In general, we engage in three main research lines:

  1. 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.
  2. We study ecological interactions and their cascading effects on processes and patterns at lower and higher levels of biological organisation.
  3. We identify conservation options, and we test the effectiveness of conservation interventions.

Important themes that cut across our main research lines include:

  • animal movement and distributions
  • population dynamics
  • trophic interactions
  • disease and physiology

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