My current research includes investigating potential human impacts on terrestrial mammal populations in southern Belize. This region is home to part of a described jaguar conservation corridor, connecting populations from Mexico and Guatemala to the rest of Central America. This project covers a massive 2,000 square kilometers, including four protected areas: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Bladen Nature Reserve, Deep River Forest Preserve, and Golden Stream Corridor Preserve. I'm using remotely sensed data, sound meters, and social surveys of residents and key stakeholders to identify and quantify the gradient of human disturbance that exists within the study area.
Camera traps have been deployed throughout the study area to document the presence and abundance of terrestrial mammals. This will allow me to model potential effects that human activity and disturbance has on these populations, providing me with the information needed to implement better conservation strategies at the local and national level. This landscape is home to several Maya villages, and I'm working with these local communities to kick-start community conservation efforts to help protect both Maya and protected forests.