Journal article

Maximizing the value of forest restoration for tropical mammals by detecting three-dimensional habitat associations

Nicolas J Deere, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita, Tom Swinfield, David T Milodowski, David A Coomes, Henry Bernard, Glen Reynolds, Zoe G Davies, Matthew J Struebig

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA | NATL ACAD SCIENCES | Published : 2020


Tropical forest ecosystems are facing unprecedented levels of degradation, severely compromising habitat suitability for wildlife. Despite the fundamental role biodiversity plays in forest regeneration, identifying and prioritizing degraded forests for restoration or conservation, based on their wildlife value, remains a significant challenge. Efforts to characterize habitat selection are also weakened by simple classifications of human-modified tropical forests as intact vs. degraded, which ignore the influence that three-dimensional (3D) forest structure may have on species distributions. Here, we develop a framework to identify conservation and restoration opportunities across logged fore..

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Awarded by UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Grants NE/K016407/1 and NE/K016377/1 and an NERC EnvEast PhD studentship (N.J.D.). G.G.-A. is the recipient of Discovery Early Career Research Award DE160100904 from the Australian Research Council. We thank the Sabah Biodiversity Council, the Sabah Forest Department, Yayasan Sabah, Sime Darby, and Benta Wawasan for permitting access. We are indebted to Jamiluddin Jami, Esther L. Baking, Arnold James, Mohd. Mustamin, Ampat Siliwong, Sabidee Mohd. Rizan, Jessica K. Haysom, and Najmuddin Jamal for field assistance.