The Group

CV Dr Pfeifer

PhD/Postdocs

I am accepting applications for PhD students, research visits and postdoctoral fellowships. Drop me an email: marion.pfeifer@ncl.ac.uk

Dr Sergio Guerreiro Milheiras, Newcastle University. ‘Agrisys Tanzania project’.

Sergio has joined our group in 2019 as part of the Agrisys Tanzania project. He has been coordinating the fieldwork teams since collecting socio-economic and ecological data. For project details, see: https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/agrisystanzania/

Laura Braunholtz, Newcastle University. ‘Measuring and mapping biodiversity response to planned road development in primary rainforest of Brunei Darussalam’. Funded through Newcastle University Research Excellence Academy Funding. Main Supervisor: Dr Marion Pfeifer, Co-Supervisors: Dr Phil McGowan (Newcastle University), Associate Prof Ferry Slik (Universiti Brunei Darussalam) and Prof Ulmar Grafe (Universiti Brunei Darussalam). Timeline: October 2017 – Some time 2021. Contact: L.D.Braunholtz2@newcastle.ac.uk. Twitter is @LDBraunholtz.

Rebecca Sargent, Newcastle University.’ Room to roam and hotspots of conservation conflicts – Lions, ungulates and people in the matrix’.  Funded through NERC DTP IAPETUS. Main supervisor: Dr Marion Pfeifer, Co-Supervisors: Dr Nils Bunnefeld (University of Stirling), Dr Amy Dickman (University of Oxford). PDF for full project description. Timeline: October 2017 – Some time 2021. Contact: R.K.Sargent2@newcastle.ac.uk. Twitter is @RK_Sargent.

 

Alex Elsy, University of Stirling. ‘The impact of liana proliferation on recovery of biomass in secondary tropical forests. Funded through NERC DTP IAPETUS. Main supervisor: Dr Daisy Dent , Co-Supervisor: Dr Marion Pfeifer. Timeline: October 2018 – March 2022. Contact: a.d.elsy@stir.ac.uk. Twitter is @_AlexElsy

Alain Senghor K Ngute, University of Sunshine Coast Australia. ‘Investigating the relationship between liana abundance and tropical forest recovery’. Focus on Tanzanian forests. Funded through Australian Research Council. Main supervisor: Dr Andrew Marshall, Co-Supervisor: Dr Marion Pfeifer. Timeline: March 2019 – February 2022. Contact: kamdoum.senghor@gmail.com.

Emma Macintosh, University of Sunshine Coast Australia. ‘Investigating the relationship between liana abundance and tropical forest recovery’. Focus on Australia’s forests. Funded through Australian Research Council. Main supervisor: Dr Andrew Marshall, Co-Supervisor: Dr Marion Pfeifer.

Daniel Da Silva (main supervisor: Prof Alexander Vibrans, co-supervisor: Marion). ‘Climate and land use dependencies of tropical forest canopies.’. Daniel has been analysing data from his field sites in Brazil (Santa Catarina). He is now working with the data from the Global LAI project’ using system models to understand mechanisms determining forest canopy structure and remote sensing to map forest canopy structure’.

Daniel with Laura to the left and Becca to the right.

Eleanor Moore, Newcastle University (working with Prof Yit Arn Teh as co-supervisor from NU and Dr Pete Howson from Northumbria University and case partner IUCN SUSTAIN): ‘Assessing benefits and opportunities from tree planting in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania‘. Funded through One Planet DTP. October 2020 to April 2024. Twitter: @mooreofeleanor; Email: e.s.moore2@newcastle.ac.uk. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eleanor-moore-0a6740182/

 

Rebekah Puttick, Newcastle University (working with Prof Yit Arn Teh as main supervisor from NU and Dr Andrew Suggitt from Northumbria University, and case partner Sarawak Oil Pams Berhad): ‘Forest restoration in degraded tropical forest landscapes: facilitating restoration towards joint biodiversity, climate change, and social outcomes’. Funded through One Planet DTP. October 2020 to April 2024. Twitter: @rebekahputtick; Email: R.Puttick@newcastle.ac.uk; LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/rebekah-puttick-248560134/

 

William Ovenden, Newcastle University. Prof Yit Arn Teh will be the main supervisor from NU and Marion will be co-supervising the research. ‘Ecosystem functioning – crop yield mapping and monitoring using remote sensing and crop growth models’ This project will be implemented on the Agrisys Tanzania landscape. Funded through Newcastle University. October 2020 – September 2023. Email: WW.Ovenden@newcastle.ac.uk.

 

Natasha Mannion, Newcastle University. Dr Rachel Gaulton will be the main supervisor from NU and Marion will be co-supervising the research. ‘Infrastructure expansion in Brunei – Mammals and the Temburong Bridge.’. This research will build on Laura’s work but will focus on the mammal impacts of the new bridge constructed in Brunei. For this, we collaborate with Prof Slik and Prof Grafe in Brunei. Funded through IAPETUS DTP. October 2020 – March 2024. Email: N.Mannion2@newcastle.ac.uk>

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MSc/MRes

2021/2022

 

2020/2021

Sheena Davis: ‘Birds and their habitat dependencies in the Kilombero Valley, Tanzania. Part of the Agrisys Tanzania project.

Lauren Barnes: ‘Mapping hotspots of elephant:crop damage in the Kilombero Valley, Tanzania’. Collaboration with Southern Tanzania Elephant Programme. This project is linked to the Agrisys Tanzania project. The work is currently written up for publication. Lauren has started her 1 year employment on the CORRESTOR (Wildlife corridor restoration processes) project that runs from April 2021 – December 2022 funded by SNAPP>

Jennifer MacFarlane: ‘Jaguars and livelihoods of forest-dwelling communities in Manu NP, Peru.’

Lauren is second from right and Jennifer first from right. They are presenting the results from their UG dissertations fieldwork in Peru, for which they won an award from Newcastle University.

2020/2021

Chloe Coole: ‘Habitat use of mammals in the human-modified Kilombero Valley landscape, Tanzania’ (Linked to the Agrisys Tanzania project).

Martina Dorigo: ‘Yield and yield gaps in Tanzania’.

Benj Sieves: ‘Trade-offs and synergies in policies related to natural resource use in Tanzania. Ecological Consultancy Project.

 

2019/2020

Abigail Willis, MRes, York University. Forest restoration in the Kilombero Valley, Tanzania. Tree species choice and economic feasibility.

2018/2019

Francesca Anne Ridley, MSc Global Wildlife Science and Policy, Newcastle University. ‘The Influence of Telecoupled Demand Pathways For Commercial Crops On
Deforestation In Africa’.

 

2016/2017

Grace McBride, MSc Wildlife Management, Newcastle University. ‘Did habitat quality change for insects in long-term study sites in Northern England?’.

Kylie Warner, MSc Wildlife Management, Newcastle University. ‘Are bats a useful key indicator group for measuring impacts of forest fragmentation in tropical landscapes’.

 

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Year 3, BSc dissertations

2021/2022

Molly Watson: Bats and swarming, UK. Research Project.

Alex Hearne Potton: Carbon pools and land management, UK. Research Project.

Eleanor Norton and Jodie Brown: Mammals in forest – agricultural landscapes, UK. Research Project.

Charlotte Rowland: Indicator mammals species, Agrisys Tanzania landscape. Research Project.

2020/2021

Harriet Mackay: Agro-ecology practices in the UK. Information Project. This work resulted in leaflets that are being used in capacity training for small-holder farmers in Tanzania.

Ana-Maria Reina-Morris: Microclimate variation in agroforestry landscapes. Research Project.

Scarlett McDevitt & Alex Swainston: Natural capital in tropical agro-forestry landscapes. Review Projects.

Kate Pellow & Sophie Warbrick: Birds in fragmented tropical landscapes. Research Projects.

2019/2020

Eleanor Evans: Assessing the direct and indirect causes of mammal decline in Southeast Asia, facilitated by road construction.

Jennifer MacFarlane: Jaguars, prey and interactions in Manu NP, Peru. Jennifer is currently doing some small scale research assistant tasks before heading off to Peru in winter 2021. 

Lydia Crabtree: Fig trees in Manu NP, Peru.

 

2018/2019

Rachel Browne (SNES, NU): ‘The impact of Loxodonta Africana on vegetation in Kariega game reserve’. Courtney Glenwright (SNES, NU): ‘Assessing the response of mammals to logging in Borneo’. Isabelle Ollard (SNES, NU): ‘Pollinators in forest-agricultural landscapes – review’. Annie Wilson (SES, NU): ‘Forest degradation and microclimate – review’.

2017/18

Alexander Liddington (SNES, NU): ‘Chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) infection prevalence in neotropical habitat types’. Melissa Anderson (SNES, NU): ‘Effects of habitat fragmentation on avian communities in coastal forests of KwaZulu Natal’. Ciar Noble (SNES, NU): ‘The conservation value of alternative agricultural practices for matrix amphibian communities in the neotropics: Cacao versus Eucalyptus’. Sally Eardley (SNES, NU): ‘The drivers of human-lion conflict, its effects on the lion population, and the potential conservation tools to prevent it’. Rebecca Savage (SNES, NU): ‘Managing tropical landscapes for human-elephant conflict’. Calum Percy (SNES, NU): ‘Exploring the main drivers of, and patterns in, human-lion conflict across fragmented African landscapes whilst evaluating the effectiveness of mitigation strategies’.

2016/17

Megan Harvey/Bethany Wildash (School of Biology, University of Newcastle): Literature Review Project. ‘Managing tropical landscapes for human-carnivore conflict’. Matthew Holmes (School of Biology, University of Newcastle): Information Project. ‘A visual key to major vegetation types in Tanzania’. Rhianna Irwin (School of Biology, University of Newcastle): Research Project. ‘Are threatened species more sensitive to habitat fragmentation?’. Sophie Metcalfe (School of Biology, University of Newcastle): Information Project. ‘Develop conservation actions for forests in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania’

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Robin Loveridge, University of York. ‘Investigating wins, loss and trade-offs for biodiversity and human well-being across protected area networks’. Funded through ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre. Main supervisor: Dr Andy Marshall, Co-Supervisors: Dr Susannah Sallu , Dr Marion Pfeifer. Time line: 2019 – 2021. Contact: robin.loveridge@york.ac.uk. Twitter is @robin_loveridge.

Dr Deo Shirima, PhD Norwegian University of Life Sciences, External supervisor on subproject: ‘Interactions between canopy structure and herbaceous biomass along environmental gradients in moist and dry woodlands of Tanzania.’ Published in 2015. Shirima et al. 2015 Plos One. pdf

Isolde Shaw, MSc Imperial College London, Co-Supervisor: ‘Evaluating an experimental method for studying twig-dwelling ant communities’ (completed September 2016)

Ellie Bowler, MSc Imperial College London, Co-Supervisor: ‘Optimisation of Sampling Designs for Habitat Fragmentation Studies’ (completed September 2016). Ellie was awarded a 1st for her thesis.

Sinnikka Robinson, MRes Imperial College London, Supervisor: ‘The Edge Factor – Response of Lepidoptera to the forest edge’ (completed 2014)

Ilhan Baratli, MRes Imperial College London, Supervisor: ‘The Edge Factor – Response of mammals to the forest edge’ (completed 2014)

Stephanie Harris, MRes Imperial College London, Supervisor: ‘Bird Responses to Forest Edges: a Trait Mediated Response?’ Stephanie was awarded a 1st and is now studying for a PhD at Liverpool University. (completed 2014)

Laure Schneider-Maunory, MSc Ecole Normale Superieure Paris, Supervisor: ‘Analysis of ecological patterns in response to forest fragmentation’. Laure was awarded a 1st and is now studying for a PhD. She led our paper published 2016 in Biological Conservation. (completed 2014) pdf

Laura Kor, BSc Imperial College London: ‘Can forest degradation impacts be monitored from space?’ Laura was awarded a 1st and has been awarded a fellowship to study for a MSc in Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. (Completed 2014)

Marianne Teoh, BSc Imperial College London: ‘Quantifying and evaluating the impact of anthropogenic degradation on mangrove carbon stocks in NW Madagascar‘. Marianne Teoh was awarded a 1st (hons.), won the Imperial College London Convener’s prize for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology and the Governor’s Prize for final year student of greatest merit. She also presented her research project at international and local conferences. (Completed 2014)