PhD Candidate, University of Kent

Lydia Tiller is a PhD student at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent. The focus of her research is understanding how land-use change in the Trans-Mara District, Kenya is driving human-elephant conflict and elephant movement. Her project aims to: (1) quantify land-use and land-cover change within the last 30 years in the Trans-Mara; (2) determine spatial and seasonal trends of human-elephant conflict in the Trans-Mara, including comparing patterns of human-elephant conflict and land-use change with data collected 15 years ago; (3) assess the factors determining elephant movements along key pathways between the Masai Mara and Trans-Mara; and (4) determine the impact of forest loss on elephant and human populations. Prior to commencing doctoral research Lydia worked as a research assistant studying elephant cognition in Thailand, was an avian field technician for Oregon State University, and studied human-elephant conflict in Bardia National Park, Nepal.

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    PhD Candidate, University of Kent