Dr Dominik Bauer

Research Interests

My research interests include the behavioural ecology and spatial ecology of wild carnivores and how their populations adapt to changes in the environment.

I studied for a MSc at University of Hohenheim in Germany looking at temporal and spatial variations in lion densities in Botswana’s Khutse Game Reserve and the southern parts of the Central Kalahari. I followed up with a PhD at University of Hamburg which was focused on the landscape-scale conservation of lions in southern Africa’s Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. In particular I looked at how lions move throughout a multi-use landscape and how environmental and anthropogenic drivers influence their distribution and choice of homeranges.

I joined WildCRU in March 2013 as the Botswana Programme Manager for the Trans Kalahari Predator Programme where I was involved in the satellite tracking of lions, large-scale camera surveys and human-wildlife mitigation projects. In my current role I am working with WildCRUs Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice and with Professor David Macdonald on an analysis of the mammal community structure in southeast Asia.


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