Christopher Bousfield, MBiolSci

About my research

My research focuses on improving the management of selective logging in the tropics to reduce its harmful environmental impacts. Selective logging currently occurs in over 403 million hectares of tropical forest worldwide, representing a major driver of global rainforest degradation which must be managed effectively. Despite the disturbance to the forest created IMG_4412 by logging operations, a large proportion of the biodiversity and carbon stored in primary forest can be retained after logging, making logged forests a valuable conservation resource requiring effective management.

There has been large amounts of research into the effects of selective logging on biodiversity, carbon stocks and forest structure, yet little has been done to estimate the financial benefits or costs to logging companies of adopting less environmentally destructive logging strategies. In particular, my research focuses on the economic benefits of adopting a land-sparing or land-sharing approach to selective logging in the tropics. This is done using detailed GIS data taken from logging concessions in the Brazilian Amazon and applying harvest simulations to the forests to create reliable profit predictions associated with each logging strategy.

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Outside of my studies I enjoy hiking outdoors, playing football, supporting Fulham and enjoying some of the many pubs Sheffield has to offer. I enjoy travelling and have previously spent a year studying marine biology in Australia, where I developed a passion for diving.