David Lee known as David
- Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (HE; University of South Wales).
- PhD in Applied Ecology and Conservation (Improving methods for conservation-based assessments of abundance and habitat use in tropical forest birds; Manchester Metropolitan University, MMU).
- MSc Conservation Biology (MMU).
- BSc Zoology (The University of Liverpool).
- I am a wildlife ecologist with academic and research interests that include avian ecology and conservation, ecological survey methods, anthropogenic impacts on wildlife in terrestrial landscapes, and UK upland and tropical forest restoration approaches. I have led multidisciplinary forest-based conservation research projects in Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Pakistan and Peru, and under- and postgraduate student field courses to Honduras, Malaysia, Mexico and South Africa.
- In 1997 I undertook my MSc research on primates in the Tambopata National Reserve, Peru and have been working in tropical forests ever since, and alongside more recent involvement in the temperate forests of the Himalayas.
- In 1999 I joined an MMU research expedition to assess the conservation status of the Palawan Peacock-pheasant (Polyplectron napoleonis), an endemic and globally threatened species in the Philippines. This led on to my PhD on improving conservation assessments of Philippine lowland forest birds. I then carried out post-doctoral research at MMU focusing on building leadership capacity in avian conservation in the biodiversity hotspots of Sichuan in southwest China and the Philippines, and funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and Chester Zoo.
- Before joining the University of South Wales I worked as a Conservation Scientist in the Centre for Conservation Science division of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, specifically developing biodiversity research that supported forest restoration strategies for the Harapan Rainforest initiative in Sumatra, Indonesia. Focal species included: Agile Gibbon; Malayan Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus); Malay Tapir (Tapirus indicus); Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae); hornbills (Bucerotinae); and forest pheasants and partridges (Phasianidae).
- I work closely with the IUCN Galliformes Specialist Group in supporting conservation projects led by academic institutions and non-governmental organisations in Asia, and particularly in Pakistan.
- I have also worked extensively as an ornithologist for UK environmental consultancies (Scott Wilson Group, now AECOM, Haworth Conservation Ltd and Biocensus) using a range of survey and monitoring methods to support preliminary ecological appraisals, impact assessments and mitigation strategies for proposed land development projects.
- BSc (Hons) International Wildlife Biology Course Leader
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- Module Leader for:
- Additional teaching:
- BI1S104 Biological Research Skills (1st year);
- BI1S49 Principles of Ecology (1st year);
- BI1S62 Big Game Tracking (South Africa field course; 1st year);
- BI2S111 Conservation Genetics and Wildlife Management (2nd year);
- BI2S121 Vertebrate Zoology (Birds; 2nd year);
- BI3D103 Wildlife Research Project (Dissertation supervision; 3rd year);
- BI3S109 Advanced Ecology (3rd year);
- ES4S009 Restoration Ecology (Forests and Rewilding; MSc); and
- ES4S010 Terrestrial and Aquatic Conservation (Forests and Wildlife Conservation; MSc).
- USW Board Representative (Ecology and Conservation) for the USW-Brecon Beacons National Park Strategic Partnership, with external support from the National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy and Environment.
- Lindsell, J.A., Lee, D.C., Powell, V.J., & Gemita, E. (2015). Availability of large seed-dispersers for restoration of degraded tropical forest. Tropical Conservation Science 8(1): 17-27. This research is also covered at Mongabay.
- Lee, D.C., Powell, V.J., & Lindsell, J.A. (2015). The conservation value of degraded forests for agile gibbons Hylobates agilis. American Journal of Primatology 77(1): 76-85.
- Awan, M.N., Ali, H. & Lee, D.C. (2014). Population survey and conservation assessment of the globally threatened cheer pheasant (Catreus wallichi) in Jhelum Valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. Zoological Research 35(4): 1-8.
- Awan, M.N. & Lee, D.C. (2014). Further nesting records of Cheer Pheasant Catreus wallichi in Jhelum valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. BirdingASIA 20: 67-69.
- Awan, M.N., Ali, H. & Lee, D.C. (2012). An annotated checklist of birds and conservation issues in Salkhala Game Reserve, an isolated Important Bird Area in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. Forktail 28: 38-43.
- Hua, F., Marthy, W., Lee, D.C. & Janra, M.N. (2011). Globally threatened Sunda Blue Flycatcher Cyornis caerulatus: synthesis of global records and recent records from Sumatra. Forktail 27: 83-85.
- Mallari, N.A., Collar, N., Lee, D.C., McGowan, P.J.K., Wilkinson, R. & Marsden, S.J. (2011). Population densities of understorey birds across a habitat gradient in Palawan, Philippines: implications for conservation. Oryx 45: 234-242.
- Lee, D.C. & Rombang, W. (2011). Homes for Sumatran Hornbills. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement No. 24: 167-169.
- Lee, D.C. & Marsden, S.J. (2008). Increasing the value of bird-habitat studies in tropical forests: choice of approach and habitat measures. Bird Conservation International 18 Supplement S1: S109-S124.
- Lee, D.C. & Marsden, S.J. (2008). Adjusting count period strategies to improve the accuracy of forest bird abundance estimates from point transect distance sampling surveys. Ibis 150: 315-325.
- Lee, D.C. & Marsden, S.J. (2006). Accumulation of knowledge and changes in Red List classification within the family Galliformes 1980-2004. Biodiversity and Conservation 15: 1887-1902.
- Li, R.G., Lu, G., Yang, J., Zhang, X.L. & Lee, D.C. (2006). Monitoring Galliformes and biodiversity in southwest China. Annual Review of the World Pheasant Association 2005/2006: 28.
- Mallari, N.A.D. & Lee, D.C. (2006). Management planning for the Palawan Peacock-pheasant. Annual Review of the World Pheasant Association 2005/2006: 27.
- Sullivan, M.S., Jones, M.J., Lee, D.C., Marsden, S.J., Fielding, A.H. & Young, E. (2006). A comparison of predictive methods in extinction risk studies: contrasts and decision trees. Biodiversity and Conservation 15: 1977-1991.
- Biological Sciences reviewer for NERC Industrial CASE Studentships.
- External reviewer for the following scientific journals: Biotropica, Bird Conservation International, International Journal of Primatology, Journal of Tropical Ecology, Tropical Conservation Science, and Zoological Research.
- External reviewer for Garland Science textbooks.
- Scientific presentations and Chair of workshops at the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and international hornbill and galliform conferences.
- British Trust for Ornithology volunteer for Breeding Bird Surveys, Waterways Breeding Bird Surveys, and Wetland Bird Surveys.
- Landscape use and suitability for key upland birds in the Brecon Beacons National Park and environs. This MRes project aims to: quantify population distributions, landscape use and suitability for upland bird species of principal importance in Wales; and link these ecological datasets to land-use and management practices. this is needed for effective decision-making, including priority-mapping, that supports future-proofed conservation management of species and their habitats, identifying how these areas could be best managed to enhance upland bird populations, and engaging local communities in the conservation of the landscape and its natural resources. This research is supported by the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships and Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.
- Biodiversity value of translocated soils in Forest Wood Quarry, Pontyclun, South Wales. This project is funded by HeidelbergCement’s Quarry Life Award and focuses on three biotic groups – soil micro-organisms, plants and butterflies. Comparing these elements quantitatively in/on undisturbed and disturbed soils, we will ascertain the biodiversity value of translocated soils and whether they can act as suitable substrates for natural habitat regeneration, adding biodiversity value to the quarry landscape. Findings of this project are transferable to other quarries within HeidelbergCement’s portfolio. Click here for updates on this exciting project.
- Population ecology of the Critically Endangered Utila Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura bakeri) on the island of Utila, Honduras. This PhD project aims to: produce robust population densities; determine the movement and habitat use of iguanas across the island through the use of radio-tracking; identify areas of hybridization with the congenic C. similis; and quantify life history parameters and reproductive behaviour for the species. This will inform targeted conservation efforts, including the efficacy of new protected areas. The project is supported by The International Iguana Foundation, The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, IguanaFest 2017, the IUCN SSC Iguana Specialist Group, the Kanahau Research and Conservation Facility, Utila, and The University of South Wales. You can read about the latest on this research here.
- Mechanisms for the stimulation of Diadema antillarum recovery on degraded Caribbean coral reefs. This PhD focuses on the ecological role of a keystone herbivore in Honduras and aims to: characterise the population status of D. antillarum on a classic contemporary (Utila) reef system and unique (Banco Capiro) reef system; determine the role of a suite of ecological variables as potential barriers to D. antillarum recovery; classify the genetic basis of different urchin populations; and conduct preliminary trials combining artificial reef construction with D. antillarum translocation at degraded reef sites. This project is supported by Operation Wallacea and The University of South Wales.
- Tropical forest conservation and restoration: With an emphasis on improving survey techniques and applying mixed-survey approaches to assess the conservation status of a range of important tropical species, including Agile Gibbon, Malayan Sun Bear and Sundaic Galliformes, in degraded lowland forests. The conservation management focus is to produce robust population data and habitat requirement evaluations along gradients of ecological restoration, assessing the conservation value of these degraded forests for these key species, and guiding effective forest conservation and restoration management strategies.
- Galliformes of the western Himalayas, Pakistan: I support field research of the Himalayan Nature Conservation Foundation that focuses on assessing and monitoring the conservation status of montane galliformes in northern Pakistan, alongside other avian and mammal species in the region.
- Supervision of a PhD quantifying the structural and spatial composition of tropical rain forest in Cusuco National Park, Honduras. This research investigated the effects of altitude, microclimate, and anthropogenic disturbance on forest structure, composition and carbon storage. The overall aim was to inform conservation and management strategies for his important montane forest landscape.
Areas of Expertise
- Wildlife Ecology
- Avian Ecology and Conservation
- Conservation Biology
- Ecological Survey Techniques
- Tropical Forest Ecology, Restoration and Land-use Management
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