Staff Profile:Dr Fiona Underwood

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Project Lead for Darwin Initiative Project 17-020: Enhancing the Elephant Trade Information System to Guide CITES Policy

The overarching aim of my research is motivated by the challenges of addressing large and complex (and often interdisciplinary) questions in the fields of renewable natural resource management, food security and climate change.

In particular my research focuses on the design of monitoring programs and in the analysis of data from such programs. The aim of these programs may be to assist in the long-term monitoring of a process or to evaluate the effectiveness of a particular intervention.

Specific research topics are:

  • Designing monitoring programs that can adapt over time as more information becomes available.
  • Strategies for making sense of data from monitoring programs based on opportunistic data collection. Currently this work focuses on data collected by law enforcement agencies, related to work on elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade.
  • Analysis of daily climatic data, for example rainfall and temperature, to learn about patterns in the climate and how this is changing through time.
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Nicholson E, Collen B, Barausse A, Blanchard JL, Costelloe BT, Sullivan KME, Underwood FM , Burn RW, Fritz S, Jones JPG, McRae L, Possingham HP, Milner-Gulland EJ (2012) Making robust policy decision using global biodiversity indicators. PLoS ONE 7(7) e41128. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041128

Underwood FM (2012) A framework for adapting survey design through time for wildlife population assessment. Environmental and Ecological Statistics doi: 10.1007/s10651-012-0193-4

Underwood FM (2012) Describing seasonal variability in the distribution of daily effective temperatures for 1986-2009 compared to 1904-1985 for De Bilt, Holland. Meteorological Applications doi: 10.1002/met.1297

Burn RW, Underwood, FM (2011) Global trends and factors associated with the illegal killing of elephants: a hierarchical Bayesian analysis of carcass encounter data. PLoS ONE 6(9) e24165. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0024165

Ayres KL,Underwood FM (2010) Electronic marking of statistics assessments for bioscience students. Bioscience Education 15 c4.

Senapathi D, Underwood F, Black E, Nicoll MAC & Norris K. (2010) Evidence for long-term regional changes in precipitation on the East Coast mountains in Mauritius. International Journal of Climatology 30: 1164-1177

Underwood, F.M (2009) Describing long-term trends in precipitation using generalized additive models Journal of Hydrology 364 285-297. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2008.11.003

Bennett, E.L., Blencowe, E., Brandon, K., Brown, D., Burn, R.W., Cowlishaw, G.C., Davies,G., Dublin, H., Fa, J., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Robinson, J.R., Rowcliffe, J.M., Underwood, F.M. , Wilkie, D. (2007) Hunting for Consensus: a statement on reconciling bushmeat harvest, conservation and development policy in west and central Africa. Conservation Biology 21 (3) 884-887

Milliken, T., Burn, R.W., Underwood, F.M. and Sangalakula, L. (2004). The Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) and the illicit trade in ivory. Proceedings of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (UNEP), Bangkok : 13 , Doc 29.2A

Burn, R.W. and Underwood, F.M. (2000) Statistical aspects of sampling populations of forest elephants. Natural Resource Modeling 13 (1) 135-150.

Dr Fiona Underwood

Contact Details

+44 (0)118 931 3423
Room 213, Mathematics

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