Participants: Eeman Abbasi (Mount Holyoke College); Kevin De Angeli (Texas A&M Univ. Kingsville); Alan Gan (Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Project Description. Globally, wildlife are overharvested for bushmeat and the pet trade in biodiverse tropical forests, which presents a major conservation challenge. How harvesters decide which patches of habitat to target is a major knowledge gap that limits the design of wildlife protection policies. The distribution of harvesting pressure across space may be dictated not only by animals but also by plant products, such as medicinal herbs, rattan, and other important goods. Using modeling, this project seeks to explore how exploitation pressure would change across a landscape under different conditions, such as the spatial and temporal distribution of plant and animal resources, as well as travel costs for hunters.