YiFeng Leo Wang

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My pronouns are he/him

I am a second-year DPhil student at WildCRU. Currently, I’m working on the clouded leopard conservation with Dr Samuel Cushman and Dr Andrew Hearn.

My project focuses on the reintroduction project, which aims to bring the mainland clouded leopard, Neofelis nebulosa, back to Taiwan, so I’m interested in the ecology of the leopard itself and its sympatric species.

To evaluate the biological feasibility of the reintroduction, I collaborate with Panthera and a local NGO, Clouded Leopard Association of Taiwan (CLAT), to explore the potential prey information, such as abundance and spatial-temporal dynamics, across Taiwan with intensive camera trap data.

Meanwhile, I’m looking into the relationship between relative abundance and absolute abundance, cooperating with environmental variables. Also, I’m interested in exploring a data-based decision-making approach to figure out the optimised strategy for executing the feasible reintroduction.

Before this degree, I worked with a local Taiwanese team to save the only endangered felid, the leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis), from vehicle-wildlife and human-wildlife conflicts.

Then, I finished my master’s study at the University of Bristol with my current supervisor, Dr Andrew Hearn, and Dr Żaneta Kaszta to identify suitable habitats for the mainland clouded leopard across Taiwan with cutting-edge multi-scale habitat selection model developed by Professor David Macdonald.

I joined WildCRU in 2022 and am financially supported by a (1) CLAT fellowship, (2) Taiwan Government Study Abroad Scholarship, and (3) Zoo Berlin World Wild Conservation Scholarship.

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