Paul Barnes

Paul Barnes

Profile
Profile Display Name:
Paul Barnes
E-mail Address:
paul.barnes.14@ucl.ac.uk
Start Year

2014 (Cohort 1)

Research interests:
Hobbies and interests:

PhD Project
PhD Title
Cultural change and sustainability of subsistence hunting of long beaked echidnas and other large vertebrates in Papua
Research Theme
Biodiversity and Ecology
Primary Supervisor

Katherine Homewood

Primary Institution
UCL
Secondary Supervisor

Samuel Turvey

Secondary Institution
IOZ
Abstract

The environmental impact of natural resource extraction in New Guinea is currently affected by rapid population growth and cultural change. This is altering the social, political and economic circumstances of natural resource users and causing breakdown of traditional environmental taboos and management practices. The Cyclops Mountains in northern Papua constitute the entire range of Zaglossus attenboroughi (Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna), a Critically Endangered sacred liminal animal. Hunting and deforestation by indigenous communities and recent settlers is threatening ecosystems and human livelihoods in the area. This interdisciplinary study attempts to assess the sustainability of hunting in The Cyclops Mountains through a social-ecological systems based approach, drawing on both social and biological understanding and methods to provide a more comprehensive integrated explanation of natural resource use. Novel methods will be used to understand the population status and trends of hunted species and socioeconomic assessments will contribute to understanding drivers of species loss and unsustainable forest resource extraction. These approaches will permit bioeconomic modelling which will be used to assess the sustainability of current and predicted future hunting under different scenarios. Finally, wider extrapolations will be made identifying correlates of faunal vulnerability and resilience in response to extrinsic pressures in New Guinea’s tropical forests.

Policy Impact
Background Reading
Publications
  • Barnes, P (2015) Monitoring Monotremes: Establishing a conservation evidence base for long-beaked echidnas in Papua
  • Paul Barnes, Stephanie Brittain, Chris Pollard, Rafael Morais Chiaravallot, Leejiah Dorward () Conservation Blog
News & Blogs
In search of the elusive echidna, ZSL Edge Blog

Activities
Conferences and Workshops
  • 7th Annual Bristol Zoological Society Symposium, ‘Saving wildlife together: Conflict, co-existence & conservation’ (February 2015). Talk: Battitude: Human Fruit Bat conflict in the West Indian Ocean.
  • Institute of Zoology, ZSL Student Conference (April 2016). Talk: People, parks and Attenborough’s echidna: The Political Ecology of the Cyclops Mountains, Papua.
Engagement
  • ZSL Sunset Safaris 2015 – “Talk to a scientist”

Social Links
University Departmental Website:
Personal Website:
Facebook:
Twitter:
ResearchGate:
LinkedIn:
ORCID:

Stay informed

Click here to subscribe to our RSS newsletter by email.


Find Us

University College London is the administrative lead.

Pearson Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Follow us on Twitter