Forestry Hanover Seminar Series presents: John Banks, University of Washington

Date: January 20, 2015
Location: 225 Natural Resources

Time: 4 p.m. (Refreshments at 3:50 p.m.)

Forestry Hanover Seminar Series presents:

Forest management for bolstering wildlife species assemblages: conservation challenges in an East African forest reserve

Presented by:

John Banks
Professor of Environmental Science
University of Washington, Tacoma



Understanding how to manage forest reserves to bolster wildlife populations is critical for success in many conservation efforts, yet practical conservation strategies are often developed based on the needs of only one or a few indicator/surrogate species. Here I describe fieldwork recently conducted in an East African forest reserve that explores how the needs of multiple species intersect with forest conditions in efforts to protect species assemblages across multiple taxa. Using data collected in the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (ASF), a 429 km2 reserve in eastern Kenya that is the largest remnant forest remaining along the East African coast, I describe an experimental approach aimed at determining the effects of elephant disturbance and forest characteristics on species assemblages. Furthermore, I analyze the effects of different factors pertaining to forest condition (including understory and canopy characteristics) on assemblages of resident bird species, with special emphasis on bird species traits. I discuss the need for broader perspectives in assessing and prescribing forest management protocols for the conservation of wildlife.



''Dr. John “Buck” Banks is a Professor of Environmental Science in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. He is also the Director of the Office of International Programs, and recently served as the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Education. He earned a doctorate in Zoology at the University of Washington Seattle, and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics at the University of Southern California. He teaches courses in biology, ecology, and entomology, and conducts research in both domestic and international settings, using a blend of field data and mathematical models. Recent projects include fieldwork in Costa Rica (biodiversity of rainforest and subsistence farms; sustainable coffee production), and Kenya (conservation/ecological interactions of birds, arthropods, and elephants; forest restoration) as well as an ongoing collaboration as an August T. Larsson Guest Researcher with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden as a member of their Ecosystem Services & Conservation research team. He has published over sixty scientific articles, book chapters, and technical reports exploring biological control and predator/prey population dynamics in agroecosystems, ecotoxicology, and the conservation of biological diversity in natural and managed systems.