How do mammals respond to different logging schemes?

The effect of different forest management schemes (reduced-impact logging vs. conventional selective logging) on terrestrial mammal communities in Borneo are insufficiently documented due to a lack of robust monitoring approaches. For my Phd project, I carried out large scale camera-trapping surveys in three forest reserves with varying degrees of logging to evaluate the effects of different logging approaches on terrestrial mammal community in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. In combination with high-resolution satellite imagery, I used advanced statistical models to understand species’ occurrence and abundance, and how species respond to habitat alteration caused by the logging activities. As I’m particularly interested in Bornean carnivores, I evaluated how the different statistical approaches (spatial capture-recapture, N-mixture and occupancy) can be used and be improved to estimate abundances or occurrences of Sunda clouded leopards, Malay civets and Banded civets.

Azlan bin Mohamed