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.
I am a member of the scientific and organising committee of the Conservation Geopolitics Forum, to be held in March 2019 at Worcester College, this is a scholarly meeting to develop conversations across disciplines to address the role of geopolitics in wildlife conservation. For further details please visit the forum website.
In parallel I am coordinating a series of national and regional meetings across South East Asia, arising from WildCRU’s long term field study on clouded leopard, with camera trapping data amassed from across the region from 44 sites since 2012. We are in the process of developing and delivering WildCRU’s (GIS)-based Toolkits for clouded leopard conservation at a national and, potentially transboundary, level, with foci in Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and Sabah, Borneo. The landscape connectivity toolkit is based on WildCRU’s range-wide, multi-scale landscape modelling of our field data. Our Toolkit implementation process follows an interactive working party participatory method with local government and other stakeholders providing input for conservation planning scenarios. Our aim is to provide a fully trained country coordinator for the toolkit in each of the focal areas.
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, linked to conservation marketing [link?].
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.
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Macdonald, D. W. and Burnham, D., (2007), The State of Britain’s Mammals 2007
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Macdonald, D. W. and Burnham, D., (2010), The State of Britain’s Mammals: a focus on invasive species
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Macdonald, D. W. and Burnham, D., (2011), The State of Britain’s Mammals 2011
Burnham, D., Bearder, S. K., Cheyne, S. M., Dunbar, R. I. M. and Macdonald, D. W., (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(3-6): 236-251
Burnham, D., Hinks, A. E. and Macdonald, D. W., (2012), Life and Dinner under the Shared Umbrella: Patterns in Felid and Primate Communities, Folia Primatologica. 83(3-6): 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)
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Burnham, D. and Riordan, P., (2013), Avoidance of Mammalian Predators by Patas Monkeys (Erythrocebus patas) in a Risk Landscape, Folia Primatologica. 83(3-6): 288-298
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Macdonald, D. W., Johnson, P. J., Loveridge, A. J., Burnham, D. and Dickman, A. J., (2016), Conservation or the Moral High Ground: Siding with Bentham or Kant, Conservation Letters. 9(4):307-308 doi:10.1111/conl.12254
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Naing, H., Ross, J., Burnham, D., Htun, S. and Macdonald, D. W., (2017), Population density estimates and conservation concern for clouded leopards Neofelis nebulosa, marbled cats Pardofelis marmorata and tigers Panthera tigris in Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary, Sagaing, Myanmar, Oryx, 10.1017/S00306053170012601-9
Sandom, C. J., Faurby, S., Svenning, J. C., Burnham, D., Dickman, A., Hinks, A. E., Macdonald, E. A., Ripple, W. J., Williams, J. and Macdonald, D. W., (2017), Learning from the past to prepare for the future: felids face continued threat from declining prey, Ecography, 10.1111/ecog.0330341
Sandom, C. J., Williams, J., Burnham, D., Dickman, A. J., Hinks, A. E., Macdonald, E. A. and Macdonald, D. W., (2017), Deconstructed cat communities: Quantifying the threat to felids from prey defaunation, Diversity and Distributions, 2017(23):667-679. doi:10.1111/ddi.12558
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Trouwborst, A., Lewis, M., Burnham, D., Dickman, A., Hinks, A. E., Hodgetts, T., Macdonald, E. A., Macdonald, D . W. (2017) International law and lions (Panthera leo): understanding and improving the contribution of wildlife treaties to the conservation and sustainable use of an iconic carnivore. Nature Conservation 21: 83-128, 10.3897/natureconservation.21.1369021
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
Buhrmester, M. D., Burnham, D., Johnson, D. D. P., Curry, O. S., Macdonald, D. W. Whitehouse, H., (2018), How Moments Become Movements: Shared Outrage, Group Cohesion, and the Lion That Went Viral, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 6(54) Front. Ecol. Evol.doi:10.3389/fevo.2018.00054
Dickman, A. J., Johnson, P. J., T Sas-Rolfes, M., Di Minin, E., Loveridge, A. J., Good, C., Sibanda, L., Feber, R. E., Harrington, L. A., Mbizah, M., Cotterill, A., Burnham, D., Macdonald, D. W., (2018), Is there an elephant in the room? A response to Batavia et al, Conservation Letters, 10.1111/conl.12603e12603
Hodgetts, T., Lewis, M., Bauer, H., Burnham, D., Dickman, A., Macdonald, E. A., Macdonald, D. W. and Trouwborst, A. (2018), Improving the role of global conservation treaties in addressing contemporary threats to lions, Biodiversity and Conservation, 27(10): 2747-2765
Vucetich, J. A., Burnham, D., Macdonald, E. A., Bruskotter, J. T., Marchini, S., Zimmermann, A., Macdonald, D. W. (2018) Just conservation: what is it and should we pursue it? Biological Conservation. Volume 221, May 2018, Pages 23-33, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2018.02.022
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