Dr Andrew Marshall

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Research areas

  • conservation science
  • forest restoration
  • tropical forest ecology

Profile

Andy Marshall joined the Tropical Forests and People Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast in March, 2017 as a Senior Research Fellow.

Andy is a conservation scientist aiming to measure and improve the management of threatened ecosystems. His primary interests are the quantification of human and environmental influences on species and ecosystem health; and the implications of these for people and conservation. Andy's research has assessed the impacts of tropical forest damage on plant and animal biodiversity, population density, and biomass. He mainly works in tropical forests with a focus on Tanzania (East Africa), but his data have contributed to continental, tropical and worldwide assessments of species, biomass and productivity. Andy's broader conservation research also assesses the impacts of protected areas and forest health on the welfare and needs of rural African people. He is currently evaluating the success of zoos in conservation breeding of threatened species and inspiring public understanding and action for the environment.

Andy is dedicated to achieving practical results from his research findings. His work has contributed information for the improved management of forest health, natural resources in African villages, and conservation planning/monitoring. He established and directed Reforest Africa, a not-for-profit company registered in East Africa. He has also directed the management of a tropical forest, and have developed and implemented a biodiversity action planning approach for UK zoos.

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Professional memberships

  • British Ecological Society
  • Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
  • Society for Ecological Restoration

Awards

  • 2016: BIAZA Education Award for public understanding of wildlife and conservation
  • 2013: PraxisUnico Impact Award for achievement in African biodiversity conservation
  • 2013: University of York Vice Chancellor Gold Award for Outstanding Achievement
  • 2011–16: David Bellamy Conservation Gold Award
  • 2011: BIAZA Best Field Conservation Project Award
  • 2007: Katherine Stott Prize for best Ph.D. thesis in academic year

Potential research projects for HDR and honours students

  • part-funded Ph.D. available to investigate methods for restoring forest on degraded land in Africa
  • various honours projects available in the fields of forest restoration, vine ecology and measurement of conservation success, both desk- or field-based. I am particularly keen to hear from students who are interested in developing a project to assist conservation measurement or planning in a particular nature reserve, anywhere in Australia or beyond

Selected research publications

  • Latham, Sallu, Loveridge, Marshall (2017) Examining the impact of forest protection status on firewood sufficiency in rural Africa. Environmental Conservation doi:10.1017/S0376892917000066.
  • Sullivan et al. (2017) Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome. Nature Scientific Reports.
  • Little, Gilbert, Athorn, Marshall (2017) Evaluating Conservation Breeding Success for an Extinct-in-the-Wild Antelope. PLoS One doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0166912.
  • Marshall et al. (2016) Liana cutting for restoring tropical forests: a rare palaeotropical trial. African Journal of Ecology 54 doi: 10.1111/aje.12349.
  • Liang et al. (2016) Positive biodiversity-productivity relationship predominant in global forests. Science 354 doi: 10.1126/science.aaf8957.
  • Marshall et al. (2016) A new species in the tree genus Polyceratocarpus (Annonaceae) from the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania. PhytoKeys 63 63–76.
  • Willcock et al. (2014) Quantifying and understanding carbon storage and sequestration within the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania, a tropical biodiversity hotspot. Carbon Balance and Management 9(2).
  • Laurance et al. (2012) Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas. Nature 489 290–294.
  • Marshall et al. (2012) Measuring and modelling above-ground carbon and tree allometry along a tropical elevation gradient. Biological Conservation 154 20–33.
  • Marshall et al. (2012) The genus Acacia (Fabaceae) in East Africa: distribution, biodiversity and the protected area network. Plant Ecology and Evolution 145(3) 289–301.
  • Feldpausch et al. (2012) Tree height integrated into pantropical forest biomass estimates. Biogeosciences 9 3381–3403.
  • Ahrends et al. (2011) Conservation and the botanist effect. Biological Conservation 144 131–140.
  • Marshall et al. (2010) The species-area relationship and confounding variables in a threatened monkey community. American Journal of Primatology 72 325–336.
  • Rovero & Marshall (2009) Camera trapping photographic rate as an index of density in forest ungulates. Journal of Applied Ecology 46 1011–1017.
  • Marshall et al. (2008) Selection of line-transect methods for estimating the density of group-living animals: lessons from the primates. American Journal of Primatology 70, 452–462.
 Grant  Investigator(s) A$ value  Year(s)
 Establishment of Reforest Africa as a New NGO PI  A$14,750  2017–ongoing
 Developing a New Forest Nature Reserve and Management / Monitoring plan in Tanzania PI  A$1,004,450  2016–ongoing
 FoRCE, Forest Restoration and Climate Experiment PI  A$108,912  2015–ongoing
 Assessing Tropical Forest Protection for Wildlife and People PI/Co-I  A$302,601  2011–2016
 CIRCLE, Centre for Integrated Research, Conservation and Learning PI  A$465,347  2010–2016
 Measurement and Management of Tropical Forest Conservation PI  A$624,921  2007–2016
 Measuring and Modelling Plant Biodiversity and Biomass in Africa Co-I/named postdoc  A$224,065  2008–2011
 Investigating Human Impacts on Threatened Monkeys Co-I/Ph.D.  A$150,133  2001–2007

Acknowledging the support of donors: UK Research Councils, Rainforest Trust, Flamingo Land Ltd., World Land Trust, IUCN, Conservation International, United Bank of Carbon, Leverhulme Trust, Liz Claiborne Art Ortenburg Foundation, National Geographic, Innovate UK, Greenpop, University of York, and 25 corporate donors.

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