Eric Ash

Research Interests

My area of interest is improving protection of wild tigers and other felids through research and informed conservation interventions. My experience relates primarily to population dynamics, spatial ecology, and landscape connectivity. I first joined WildCRU in 2017 as a postgraduate student with the University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology, completing my DPhil in 2021. The goal of my thesis was to assess the ecology and conservation status of tigers in the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex in Eastern Thailand. Specifically, I aimed to:

  1. Assess tiger presence, persistence, breeding, and population density
  2. Explore important associations with habitat, prey, and threats that influence the population
  3. Investigate long-term habitat connectivity and population viability
  4. Conduct novel assessments on methods commonly used in ecological research.

During this time, I also assisted WildCRU in regional-scale analyses of clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) and Sunda clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi) habitat selection and associations.

More recently, I re-joined WildCRU as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant working in spatial ecology. Together with other members of WildCRU, I am integrating dynamic spatial modelling of ecological processes with vast biodiversity datasets generated over the course of a decade of camera-trapping in Southeast Asia. I am also building upon my previous research to generate predictions of long-term population dynamics of tigers in the region.

I am enthusiastic about tigers, other felids, and their conservation. As such, my aim is to ensure my work contributes to efforts to effectively manage, safeguard, and recover wild populations so that a future for these species may be secured.

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