Katie Spencer

I am a conservation scientist and 2nd year PhD student at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent. My research aims to understand the drivers of defaunation in Borneo, by assessing the human and environmental threats to large mammals (i.e sun bears) using ecological and social science techniques. My background lies within camera-trapping and mammal ecology; my MSc research investigated the impact of livestock guarding dogs on predator ecology in South Africa and I’ve also worked as a mammal scientist for Operation Wallacea in Honduras, Mexico and Indonesia.

Here is a sneak preview of some results for sun bear occupancy analysis in Borneo so far:

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