Impact of land-use change on bird communities of a Rwandan Biodiversity hotspot

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Laure Rurangwa is a commonwealth scholar from Rwanda, with an interest in the responses of the African Biodiversity to human-induced habitat modification, particularly forest conversions, intensive agriculture and invasive species. She holds a Master’s degree in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Conservation from the National University of Rwanda.

Laure’s doctoral research investigates the impact of land-use changes on bird communities, specifically characterised in terms of functional ecological traits in and around Nyungwe National Park, a tropical montane rainforest in Southwest Rwanda.

Before joining the DPhil programme, Laure worked as a Research Assistant on wildlife management at the Kitabi College of Conservation and Environmental Management in Rwanda.

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  • Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
  • National Geographic
  • British Ecological Society

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