The Role of Feral Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) in Biodiversity Conservation
Postdoc (First appointment for 12 months; possible extension up to 3 years for the total project).
This project aims to assess the impact of buffalo on biodiversity conservation for Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The research will determine the buffalo population size, age structure and growth rate; and for wet and dry seasons, estimate food consumption, home range sizes, and sustainable population size. These contain the basics of what is needed for the 3-year project, but there is lots of scope for the research to be developed further by the postdoc who is recruited.
Research Assistant (Appointment for 14.5 months)
This project will assess human attitudes toward buffalo as conservation agents on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The appointee will use a social sciences approach to understand the substantial interactions between buffalo and the human population so that the role of buffalo in biodiversity conservation can be optimised.