Urbanisation is a leading cause of global habitat deterioration, but few studies have assessed the impacts of urbanisation on biodiversity in developing counties, despite the fact that globally most urbanisation occurs there. Developing world cities are subject to a unique range of challenges, and understanding these challenges is critical to inform sustainable management of both habitats and communities in an urban context.
We use a novel and integrated socio-ecological approach to assess the ecology and conflict of spotted hyaena in a developing world city, to determine the extent and distribution of conflict and the drivers of biodiversity loss.
We are working on a number of applied research projects on hyaenas and biodiversity throughout Malawi. We focus on applied conservation research to conserve species and their habitats and inform conservation practice. We have been conducting research in the following key areas: