Lucy Archer

Lucy Archer

Profile
Profile Display Name:

Lucy Archer

E-mail Address:

lucy.archer.17@ucl.ac.uk

Start Year

2017 (Cohort 4)

Research interests:

Community-led conservation; Local Ecological Knowledge; Rare species management; Illegal Wildlife Trade

Hobbies and interests:

PhD Project
PhD Title

Using a mixed methods approach to determine status and threats to the Critically Endangered Philippine pangolin and inform conservation action in Palawan, Philippines.

Research Theme

Pan-disciplinary

Primary Supervisor
Primary Institution

IOZ

Secondary Supervisor
Secondary Institution

RHUL

CASE Partner

ZSL Philippines

CASE Supervisor

Carly Waterman

Abstract

My research focusses on assessing the ability of different monitoring methods to gather conservation-relevant data for the endangered and elusive Philippine pangolin. The Philippine pangolin is arguably the least known of all Asian pangolin species; population declines of >50% are predicted but we have little knowledge on the local or international threats placed upon this species, or even of the effectiveness of different research methods to gather baseline data to inform its conservation. This project will use a series of different, complementary methods to gather conservation-relevant data for the Philippine pangolin. It will inform conservation by building an evidence-base from which to provide the first range-wide assessment of the Philippine pangolin’s conservation status, but with wider application through the development of an integrated methodological toolkit suitable for investigating the status of other poorly-known threatened species. It will also provide conservation planners with new data on the anthropogenic threats this species faces from the illegal wildlife trade to help prioritise conservation action.

Policy Impact

This PhD project is in collaboration with ZSL Philippine’s Safeguarding the Philippine pangolin project. This project seeks to reduce pangolin poaching and trafficking through identifying and protecting key pangolin conservation areas, engaging local communities to co-develop conservation solutions, and strengthening law enforcement along key trafficking routes.

Background Reading
Publications
News & Blogs

Scaling up! 25-Year Conservation Plan Announced for the Philippine Pangolin, ZSL News
Pangolins in peril get a hand from human neighbours, Nature
It’s not too late – yet – to save the Philippine pangolin, study finds, Mongabay

Activities
Conferences and Workshops
  • ZSL Science Conference (November 2020). Talk: Combining local ecological knowledge, community mapping and camera trapping to inform conservation action for the elusive Philippine pangolin..
  • RHUL Postgraduate Symposium (March 2021). Talk: Scaling up local ecological knowledge to inform conservation action for the elusive Philippine pangolin.
  • Philippine pangolin stakeholder workshop (August 2019). Talk: Determining status and threats to the Philippine pangolin.
  • London NERC DTP Conference (September 2019). Poster: Scaling up local ecological knowledge for the elusive Philippine pangolin.
  • Palawan pangolin conservation workshop (April 2018).
  • IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group Workshop (July 2018).
  • PCSDs International Biosphere Conference (July 2021). Poster: Scaling up local ecological knowledge for the elusive Philippine pangolin.
  • SIBOL World Pangolin Day Conference (February 2021). Talk: Scaling up local ecological knowledge to inform conservation action for the elusive Philippine pangolin.
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