Dr Matthew Wijers

Research Interests

My research has mostly focused on conservation technology and animal behaviour. As part of my PhD, I helped develop acoustic monitoring devices for tracking animal vocalizations. I also used custom-designed biologgers and machine learning algorithms to uncover aspects of lion behaviour in southern Zimbabwe. More recently, I have worked on the development of a lion population model to provide insights for lion population management and conservation. Currently, I am part of the Trans-Kalahari Predator Project at WildCRU where my work involves analysing large ecological datasets assembled from long term predator monitoring programmes and camera trap surveys conducted across southern Africa. I am also continuing to work on developing population models for large carnivores to guide conservation management in the region.

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