Mark-recapture is a commonly used tool for detecting the impacts of disturbance on species vital rates (i.e., their survival, recruitment and dispersal). I will use mark-recapture to understand the impacts of selective logging on biodiversity, which is the most widespread land-use change in the tropics.
While standard one-shot censuses of the impacts of logging suggest that these logged-over forests harbor high biodiversity value, we do not know how logging affects species vital rates and thus are unable to model their long-term value for conservation.
To fill this knowledge gap, I will apply advanced spatial mark-recapture modeling and then develop two novel approaches with the use of network analysis: (1) using network analysis to look at community dynamics, competition and co-occupancy associations across time; and (2) combining spatial mark recapture with a network approach to account for the effect of flocking on capture probabilities. In doing so, it will provide novel insights into a critical conservation question, whilst introducing and developing new analytical tools and approaches for application to other mark-recapture data.
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Besides science, I love volunteering with nature projects as it gives me a chance to be outdoors plus it is very rewarding. Horse riding has been one of my long standing passions and I love dance as it allows me to express my artistic side. I also love travelling as being the spawn of a Chinese mother and French/Lebanese father whilst growing up in Malaysia, I’ve always been exposed to different cultures and am constantly seeking to experience more.