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2018 SRE Project

The Spatial Interactions between Hunting and Plant Gathering in Tropical Forests

photo. Participants:
Eeman Abbasi, Mount Holyoke College
Kevin De Angeli, Texas A&M Univ. Kingsville
Alan Gan, Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Charlotte Chang, NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Xingli Giam, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Tennessee

Project Description. Globally, wildlife are overharvested for bushmeat and the pet trade in biodiverse tropical forests, which presents a major conservation challenge. How harvesters decide which patches of habitat to target is a major knowledge gap that limits the design of wildlife protection policies. The distribution of harvesting pressure across space may be dictated not only by animals but also by plant products, such as medicinal herbs, rattan, and other important goods. Using modeling, this project seeks to explore how exploitation pressure would change across a landscape under different conditions, such as the spatial and temporal distribution of plant and animal resources, as well as travel costs for hunters.

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From 2008 until early 2021, NIMBioS was supported by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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