I joined WildCRU in 2006 having completed my PhD in 2004 from Manchester Metropolitan University on the behavioural ecology of bachelor male patas monkeys in Kenya. I quantitatively assessed the habitat quality of bachelor male ranges and explored other factors affecting their ranging patterns. Previously I worked in Zambia on blue monkeys, contributing to a wildlife management plan for Kasanka National Park, and my Masters thesis was on the social organisation of long-tailed macaques on the island of Sumba, Indonesia. Throughout, my interests focused on the interplay between social organisation and ecological experience in primate species that form sub groups.
As Unit Manager I am responsible for supporting the Director in all aspects of the running and operations of WildCRU and the Recanati-Kaplan Centre at Tubney House. I am involved in a variety of diverse projects both academic and practical, from producing and publishing in-house outreach materials to renovation projects on the Tubney Estate. My current Estate work includes the Tubney Biomass Project which was awarded University funding by the judges of Oxford’s Carbon Innovation Programme in January 2017. Working with undergraduates from the Oxford Climate Society, who spearheaded the carbon analysis, the business case convinced the panel of judges that this project was worth backing. I am now working with the Estates Environmental Sustainability team in securing planning permission and we hope to save roughly 60 tonnes of carbon per annum.
My previous project, the Panthera Buildings, were shortlisted for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards 2010 for Building Conservation. The converted barns provide residential accommodation for our WildCRU Panthers (students on the Recanati-Kaplan Centre Post Graduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice). The grade II listed, stone built barns have been carefully repaired and converted, taking a minimally engineered, sustainable approach, recycling existing materials as far as possible, using natural products for construction and insulation, and complementary renewable energy (solar), to achieve a minimum energy footprint.
In 2009 I co-organised the Primate Felid Interactions Workshop with Susan Cheyne. This led to a quadruple special issue of Folia Primatologica published in 2012. My desk-based research published in Folia explored the theme of searching for efficiencies in conservation, continued in my work on umbrella species and charisma.
My current research, working with other WildCRU post-docs and collaborators, is focussed on the geopolitics of wildlife conservation, including a particular theme in conservation ethics and a species focus on clouded leopard.
Burnham, D., S. K. Bearder, S. M. Cheyne, R. I. M. Dunbar, and D. W. Macdonald. 2012. Predation by Mammalian Carnivores on Nocturnal Primates: Is the Lack of Evidence Support for the Effectiveness of Nocturnality as an Antipredator Strategy? Folia Primatologica 83:236-251.
Burnham, D., A. E. Hinks, and D. W. Macdonald. 2012. Life and Dinner under the Shared Umbrella: Patterns in Felid and Primate Communities. Folia Primatologica 83:148-170.
Burnham, D. and P. Riordan. 2012. Avoidance of Mammalian Predators by Patas Monkeys (Erythrocebus patas) in a Risk Landscape. Folia Primatologica 83. Folia Primatol 2012; 83:288-298. (https://doi.org/10.1159/000343176)
Dickman, A., A. Hinks, E. Macdonald, D. Burnham, and D. Macdonald. (2015). Priorities for Global Felid Conservation. Conservation Biology, 29(3), 854-864.
Lindsey, P. A., Chapron, G., Petracca, L. S., Burnham, D., Hayward, M. W., Henschel, P., Dickman, A. (2017). Relative efforts of countries to conserve world’s megafauna. Global Ecology and Conservation, 10, 243-252.
Macdonald, D. W. and D. Burnham. 2007. The State of Britain’s Mammals 2007. Mammals Trust UK, London.
Macdonald, D. W. and D. Burnham. 2008. The State of Britain’s Mammals 2008. People’s Trust for Endangered Species, London.
Macdonald, D. W. and D. Burnham. 2010. The State of Britain’s Mammals: a focus on invasive species. People’s Trust for Endangered Species, London.
Macdonald, D. W. and D. Burnham. 2011. Focus on Felids. WildCRU, Oxford.
Macdonald, D. W. and D. Burnham. 2011. The State of Britain’s Mammals 2011. People’s Trust for Endangered Species, London.
Macdonald, D. W., D. Burnham, A. E. Hinks, and R. Wrangham. 2012. A Problem Shared Is a Problem Reduced: Seeking Efficiency in the Conservation of Felids and Primates. Folia Primatologica 83:171-215.
Macdonald, D. W., Jacobsen, K. S., Burnham, D., Johnson, P. J., & Loveridge, A. J. (2016). Cecil: a moment or a movement? Analysis of media coverage of the death of a lion, Panthera leo. Animals, 6(5). doi:10.3390/ani6050026
Macdonald, D. W., Johnson, P. J., Loveridge, A. J., Burnham, D., & Dickman, A. J. (2016). Conservation or the Moral High Ground: Siding with Bentham or Kant. Conservation Letters, n/a-n/a. doi:10.1111/conl.12254
Macdonald, E.A., D. Burnham, A. Hinks, A. Dickman, Y. Malhi, D.W. Macdonald. 2015. Conservation inequality and the charismatic cat: Felis felicis. Global Ecology and Conservation. Global Ecology & Conservation, 3, 851-866. doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2015.04.006
Macdonald, E. A., Hinks, A. E., Weiss, D.J., Dickman, A. J., Burnham, D., Sandom, C.J., Malhi, Y., & Macdonald, D. W. (In press) Identifying ambassador species for conservation marketing. Global Ecology & Conservation
Sandom, C. J., Williams, J., Burnham, D., Dickman, A. J., Hinks, A. E., Macdonald, E. A., & Macdonald, D. W. (2017). Deconstructed cat commnities: Quantifying the threat to felids from prey defaunation. Diversity and Distributions, 00, 1-13. doi:10.1111/ddi.12558
Sandom, C. J., Faurby, S., Svenning, J.C., Burnham, D., Dickman, A., Hinks, A.E., Macdonald, E.A., Ripple, B., Williams, J., Macdonald, D.W. (2017). “Learning from the past to prepare for the future: Felids face continued threat from declining prey richness.” Ecography. doi:10.1111/ecog.03303
Sullivan, M. S., Burnham, D., Stevens-Wood, B. and B. C. Sheldon. 1995. Sequential Assessment and Decision-Making in Humans. Behaviour 132(7):571-589