Alexandre Chausson

alexandre.chausson@zoo.ox.ac.uk
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Dept of Zoology,

University of Oxford

 

Background

I have always held a strong interest in understanding and exploring the natural world, leading me down the path of studying biology, ecology and evolution. My interests and focus gradually evolved towards anthropogenic environmental change and its impact on biodiversity, and ultimately biodiversity conservation. I became strongly interested in complementing my background in biology and ecology with the skills and interdisciplinary understanding to pursue a career in conservation science, which led me to pursue the Master in Conservation Science at Imperial College London. My interests in conservation have always been nested within a broader interest in anthropogenic environmental change and impact (terrestrial and marine). I particularly enjoy discussing sustainability issues, how they are perceived, and the social and technological transformations required to move towards sustainability.

My research work has included studying the impacts of climate and food on barn owl reproduction in Switzerland, monitoring elephant populations in Kenya, and studying the social and psychological underpinnings of urban bushmeat consumption in Congo-Brazzaville. I completed this research in Congo for my Master in Conservation Science at Imperial College, working with the Wildlife Conservation Society to guide behavior change interventions aiming to reduce bushmeat demand in urban Central Africa.  

 

I am interested in the interplay of social, ecological, and environmental factors shaping conservation issues and hold a strong interest in interdisciplinary interventions. I am particularly interested in conservation planning, behavior change for conservation, and conservation conflicts. I am very keen to contribute to bridging the knowledge action gap by participating in research feeding directly into evidence-informed conservation policy and project implementation on the ground.

 

warriorsNow based at Oxford University with ICCS, I am working for Ewaso Lions to conduct an evaluation of their Warrior Watch program in Samburu, Kenya, which engages Samburu warriors in the mitigation of human-predator conflicts in the region. Our aim is to uncover if and how the intervention has contributed to the use of livestock depredation mitigation techniques, and influenced the propensity to engage in carnivore retaliation across the conservancies where Warrior Watch operates. In addition, we are looking at how it has contributed to empowering the Samburu warrior (Moran).

 

2017 – Present: Project Associate, Ewaso Lions. Based at the University of Oxford, Department of Zoology, ICCS

2015 – 2016: MSc in Conservation Science (Distinction) - Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus

Thesis: Understanding the Drivers of Urban Bushmeat Demand for Behavior Change in Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo.

2015 (Apr-Jun): Field Intern, Save The Elephants, Samburu National Reserve, Kenya                                                                            

2014: Journal Manager, Frontiers (Academic publisher), Lausanne, Switzerland

2013: Journal Coordinator, Frontiers

2012: Editorial Assistant, Frontiers

2010-2012: Master of Science – University of Lausanne, Department of Ecology and Evolution

Thesis: Impact of climate and spring breeding conditions on reproductive success in the Barn owl (Tyto alba).

2004-2009: BA (Highest Honors), Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Major: Biology, Minor: Geography

 

Program evaluation of Warrior Watch (Samburu, Kenya)

Reducing urban bushmeat demand in Congo (Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo)

 

2016 - Imperial College Bursary Award

2009 – Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Rutgers University Chapter

 

Society for Conservation Biology

 

Chausson, A., Henry, I., Ducret, B., Almasi, B., Roulin, A. (2014), Tawny owl Strix aluco as an indicator of Barn owl Tyto alba breeding biology and the effect of winter severity on Barn owl reproduction. Ibis, 156: 433–441.

Chausson, A., Henry, I., Almasi, B., & Roulin, A. (2013), Barn owl (Tyto alba) breeding biology in relation to breeding season climate. Journal of Ornithology, 1-9.

 

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