What controls vegetation dynamics in a Central African forest-savanna mosaic: fire or mega-fauna?

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Anabelle is interested in ecological research in central and southern Africa. Her DPhil investigates the synergistic relationships between mega-herbivores (especially elephants), fire, and the vegetation of the savanna-forest mosaic in Lopé Reserve, Gabon. Her fieldwork will involve using historical data as well as natural variation in these variables across the landscape. This research will help conservation planning in Lopé Reserve as well as in other regions of tropical Africa.

Anabelle is attending Oxford on a Commonwealth Scholarship, and her fieldwork is being supported by the Mortimer-May Scholarship from Hertford College.