School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences




Full lists of publications in journals and books are available with links to PDF documents where these are available.  A list of invited talks and major presentations is also available.
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A number of key publications are highlighted below:  (Click on the document's title to download a PDF of the paper)

Publication Description
Msoffe,F.E., Ogutu,J.O., Kaaya,J., Bedelian,C., Said,M., Kifugo,S.C., Reid.R.S, van Gardingen,P.R. and Thirgood,S. (2009) Participatory wildlife surveys in communal lands: a case study from Simanjiro, Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology, (In press)
Local communities need to be involved in the assessment of natural resources on their own land. This study was used to develop and test approaches to empower local communities to be active participants in monitoring programmes across landscapes that incorporate communal lands as well as protected areas. The study focused on the Simanjiro Plains which are used as a dispersal area by wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) and zebra (Equus burchellii).
van Gardingen,P.R., Valle,D., & Thompson,I. (2006) Evaluation of yield regulation options for primary forest in Tapajos National Forest, Brazil. Forest Ecology and Management 231, 184-195.
Application of the Brazilian version of SYMFOR to evaluate existing forest management policy.  The analysis generated evidence that application of existing policy would be likely to unsustainable.  The conclusions suggest that current logging intensities need to decline and the range of species used commercially needs to be expanded to ensure sustainable forest management in the Brazilian Amazon.
van Gardingen,P.R., McLeish,M.J., Phillips,P.D., Fadilah,D., Tyrie,G., & Yasman,I. (2003) Financial and ecological analysis of management options for logged-over Dipterocarp forests in Indonesian Borneo. Forest Ecology and Management 183, 1-29.
Application of the Indonesian version of SYMFOR to evaluate the financial and ecological sustainability of forest management policy in Indonesia (TPTI system).  The conclusions suggest that application of current policy would lead to degradation of Indonesian forests unless yield is restricted in combination with effective reduced impact logging.  The conclusions suggest a simple yield regulation system of harvesting up to eight stems per hectare is likely to be both ecologically and financially sustainable in Indonesia.
Phillips,P.D., Brash,T.E., Yasman,I., Subagyo,P., & van Gardingen,P.R. (2003) An individual-based spatially explicit tree growth model for forests in East Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Ecological Modelling  159, 1-26.

Description of the SYMFOR modelling framework.  This original version of SYMFOR was implemented using data from Kalimantan on the Island of Borneo.  The SYMFOR framework was developed to make use of the very extensive results from previous research, so that evidence could be generated to evaluate forest management policy and practice.  The innovative component of the model was the integration of ecological knowledge with a model of human behaviour. 
Valle,D., Phillips,P., Vidal,E., Schulze,M., Grogan,J., Sales,M., & van Gardingen,P.R. (2007) Adaptation of a spatially explicit individual tree-based growth and yield model and long-term comparison between reduced-impact and conventional logging in eastern Amazonia, Brazil. Forest Ecology and Management 243, 187-198.
Adaptation of the SYMFOR / Simflora model to a new location and forest type in Brazil through research in partnership with the Brazilian NGO Imazon.  This paper provides evidence to show that reduced impact logging is essential to ensure sustainable management of forests in the Amazon
Phillips,P.D., de Azevedo,C.P., Degen,B., Thompson,I.S., Silva,J.N.M., & van Gardingen,P.R. (2004) An individual-based spatially explicit simulation model for strategic forest management planning in the eastern Amazon. Ecological Modelling 173, 335-354.

Implementation of the SYMFOR model for use in the Brazilian Amazon.  This was the first full implementation at a different location.