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1829 Talk: Roads through rainforests: using camera traps to uncover mammal responses to infrastructure

Friday 21 February, 18.29-18.45, Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

with Laura Braunholtz, Newcastle University

Infrastructure such as roads contribute to over 14% of global forest fragmentation and roadless areas are getting smaller and disappearing faster than ever. In tropical regions, road networks are expanding particularly rapidly, often creating conflicts between development and biodiversity conservation. To provide guidance on ‘biodiversity-friendly’ development, we must first understand how and why species and systems are impacted. This project uses camera trapping to assess medium-large mammal communities in tropical forest sites. In this talk, I will be introducing my research in Brunei, Borneo, a country that retains much of its forest cover alongside well-maintained paved roads.