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Dr Andy Plumptre

Dr Andy Plumptre

Director of Science, Africa Program

Wildlife Conservation Society

Room 3.01 David Attenborough Building

Biography:

Having managed the Wildlife Conservation Society's Uganda and Albertine Rift Programmes for 16 years I have now moved to a new Role to improve WCS's scince across its Africa Program. Based at CCI in the Zoology Department I aim to link our field programs to researchers in Cambridge University and elsewhere. My recent research interests include a) using science to improve ranger patrolling effectiveness; b) conservation planning for the Albertine Rift region under climate change and increasing development; c) biodiversity survey methods and d) species distribution modeling to inform conservation.

Termination details:

Having managed the Wildlife Conservation Society's Uganda and Albertine Rift Programmes for 16 years I have now moved to a new Role to improve WCS's scince across its Africa Program. Based at CCI in the Zoology Department I aim to link our field programs to researchers in Cambridge University and elsewhere. My recent research interests include a) using science to improve ranger patrolling effectiveness; b) conservation planning for the Albertine Rift region under climate change and increasing development; c) biodiversity survey methods and d) species distribution modeling to inform conservation.

Research Group

Conservation Science Group:
Academic Visitor

Research Interests

My key interests have been in measuring and monitoring biodiversity, improving methods for data collection and analysis, and in developing science-based solutions to conservation issues at specific sites where I have been working. My work in the Albertine Rift led to the development of a Conservation Action Plan for the region and I have been involved in establishing and rolling out ranger-based monitoring methods across the region which have been taken up more widely around the world. My main focus at present is in developing ways of improving law enforcement in protected areas in Africa to tackle threats to key species and in developing methods for monitoring conservation impact across WCS's sites.

Key Publications

  1. Plumptre, A.J. (2000) Monitoring mammal populations with line transect techniques in African forests. Journal of Applied Ecology 37, 356-368.
  2. Plumptre, A.J. and Cox, D. (2005) Counting primates for conservation: primate surveys in Uganda. Primates 47, 65-73.
  3. Buckland, S.T., Plumptre, A.J., Thomas, L. and Rexstad, E. (2010). Design and analysis of line transect surveys for primates. International Journal of Primatology 31, 833-847.
  4. Plumptre, A.J.  (2012). The Ecological Impact of Long-term Changes in Africa’s Rift Valley. Nova Science Publishers, New York. 308pp.
  5. Plumptre, A.J., Fuller, R.A., Rwetsiba, A., Wanyama, F., Kujirakwinja, D., Driciru, M., Nangendo, G., Watson, J.E.M. and Possingham, H.P. (2014). Efficiently targeting resources to deter illegal activities in protected areas. Journal of Applied Ecology, 51, 714-725. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2664.12227/abstract
  6. Jones, K.R., Plumptre, A.J., Watson, J.E.M., Possingham, H.P., Ayebare, S., Rwetsiba, A., Wanyama, F., Kujirakwinja, D. and Klein, C. (2015) Testing the effectiveness of surrogate species for conservation planning in the Greater Virunga Landscape, Africa. Landscape and Urban Planning, 145, 1-11.
  7. Critchlow, R., Plumptre, A.J., Driciru, M., Rwetsiba, A., Stokes, E.J., Tumwesigye, C., Wanyama, F. and Beale, C.M. (2015) Spatiotemporal trends of illegal activities from ranger-collected data in a Ugandan national park. Conservation Biology, 29, 1458-1470. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12538
  8. Critchlow, R., Plumptre, A.J., Andira, B., Nsubuga, M., Driciru, M., Rwetsiba, A., Wanyama, F. & Beale, C. (in prep). Improving law enforcement effectiveness and efficiency in protected areas using ranger-collected monitoring data. Conservation Letters.

Other Publications

  1. Plumptre, A.J., Davenport, T.R.B., Behangana, M., Kityo, R., Eilu, G., Ssegawa, P., Ewango, C., and Kahindo, C. (2004). Albertine Rift, pp 255-262. In: Hotspots Revisited: Earth’s Biologically Richest and Most Endangered Ecoregions. Eds. Mittermeier, R.A., Robles-Gil, P., Hoffmann, M., Pilgrim, J.D., Brooks, T.M., Mittermeier, C.G., Lamoreux, J.L. & Fonseca, G.  Second Edition. Cemex, Mexico.
  2. Plumptre, A.J., Kujirakwinja, D., Treves, A., Owiunji, I., and Rainer H. (2007) Transboundary conservation in the Greater Virunga Landscape: its importance for landscape species. Biological Conservation 134: 279-287
  3. Plumptre, A.J., Davenport, T.R.B., Behangana, M., Kityo, R., Eilu, G., Ssegawa, P., Ewango, C., Meirte, D., Kahindo, C., Herremans, M., Kerbis Peterhans, J., Pilgrim, J., Wilson, M., Languy, M. and Moyer, D. (2007). The Biodiversity of the Albertine Rift. Biological Conservation 134, 178-194.
  4. Olupot, W., Mugabe, H., and Plumptre, A.J. (2009).  Species conservation on human-dominated landscapes: the case of crowned crane breeding and distribution outside protected areas in Uganda. African Journal of Ecology 48, 119-125.
  5. Okot, E. O., Mudumba, T., Buckland. S.T., Mulondo, P., and Plumptre, A.J. (2013) Estimating population sizes of lions Panthera leo and spotted hyaenas Crocuta crocuta in Uganda’s savannah parks, using lure count methods. Oryx, 48, 394-401.
  6. Plumptre, A.J., Sterling, E.J. and Buckland, S.T. (2013). Primate census and survey techniques. Pp.10-26 (ch 2). In: E.J. Sterling, N.Bynum & M. Blair (eds). Primate Ecology and Conservation. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  7. Plumptre, A.J., Ayebare, S. and Mudumba, T. (2015) An Assessment of Impacts of Oil Exploration and Appraisal on Elephants in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. Report to Total E&P, Uganda. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2891.0809
  8. Plumptre, A.J., Ayebare, S. & Kujirakwinja, D. (2015). Priority Areas for Conservation in the Maiko, Tayna, Kahuzi Biega Landscape.  Unpublished Report for USAID and USFWS. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.5069.2564
  9. Plumptre, A.J., Nixon, S., Critchlow, R., Vieilledent, G., Nishuli, R., Kirkby, A., Williamson, E.A., Hall, J.S., & Kujirakwinja, D. (2016). Status of Grauer’s Gorilla and Eastern Chimpanzee: Historical and current distribution and abundance. Unpublished Report to ARCUS Foundation, USAID and US Fish and Wildlife Service.