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Wildlife expert welcomed to academic team

17 Aug 2018 12:30PM

The University of Suffolk has welcomed Dr Mark Bowler to the new Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation Science degree.

Dr Bowler is a wildlife expert who looks into how human activity is affecting the Amazon. As well as being a lecturer on the degree, he also brings established links to San Diego Zoo Global in California where he is a Research Associate.

Mark has a strong focus on fieldwork and his recent projects in the Peruvian Amazon include; camera trapping in rainforest canopies to monitor tree based wildlife populations, remote audio monitoring for gunshots and wildlife, GPS tracking indigenous hunters, monitoring the effects of logging and hunting on wildlife populations and tracking the expansion of giant otter populations.

Mark also works on community conservation projects in the Amazon rainforest, working with local people to find sustainable solutions to logging and reducing hunting of vulnerable species.

He said, "My Amazonian work is ongoing - I have a group of researchers and students in the field right now setting camera traps and audio recorders to look at wildlife distributions and hunting in remote parts of Peru. I can’t wait get the new students on the Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation Science degree working on these camera trap images and helping wildlife conservation abroad as well as in the UK.”

The degree, starting in September, will be run in association with a wide range of environmental and conservation organisations. Students will also have the opportunity to study at the private UmPhafa nature reserve in South Africa.

Mark added, "I'm excited to join the team and help develop this unique and innovative new course. We teach practical field skills and get out into the Suffolk countryside, so I'm looking forward to teaching with local experts and showing our students some of the best wildlife sites in Britain."

To find out more about the degree click here

To view Mark’s YouTube channel including his ‘Amazon Bytes’ films visit


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