Cooper Rosin led a paper that was just published in Forest Ecology and Management, which demonstrates that the increasing hunting of medium and large-bodied mammals in Gabon can lead to significant increases in seed predation by rodents, with subsequent decreases in seedling establishment of commercially-important tree species. Diminished timber seedling establishment in hunted forests may have economic consequences and could lead to the conversion of selectively-logged forests to non-forest land uses with little conservation value, while appropriate management that reduces or eliminates hunting within concessions could preclude these outcomes.
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I am an Assistant Professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. My research focuses on tropical forest plants and animals and their conservation and management.