Dr Marcus Rowcliffe

Research Fellow, ZSL Institute of Zoology See Marcus' webpage here. With a background in behavioural and population ecology, I have used a range of approaches to investigate population processes, particularly the implications of individual behavioural decisions for population-level outcomes. My research includes building depletion models to predict the implications of foraging behaviour for movement patterns by geese, developing game-theoretic individual-based models to explore how dominance and competition impact foraging performance and distribution in geese and baboons, and using traditional population modelling tools to address applied questions such as population viability analyses for geese in Scotland. I am involved in theoretical and applied studies that use socio-economic methods to examine harvesting impacts on exploited species. I also work on interdisciplinary studies of bushmeat exploitation in West and Central Africa, building bioeconomic models to derive simple sustainability indicators for the field and explore the effectiveness of policy tools. My research currently focuses on problems of monitoring, understanding, and predicting changes in social-ecological systems, seeking to improve the evidence base for effective management of natural resources. This involves theoretical aspects of methodological development as well as interdisciplinary work with anthropologists and economists. My field research is primarily in Africa but also in Asia and the Americas. I also co-direct an MSc course in Conservation Science at Imperial College London.