Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Biogeography

Jamie Burton






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Rudower Chaussee 16, Room 2'228



Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany


Jamie Burton

Curriculum Vitae


Since 2022        Doctoral researcher, Department of Geography, Humboldt University of Berlin

2019 - 2020        MSc Conservation Management of African Ecosystems, University of Glasgow

2012 - 2015        BSc in Mathematics, University of Bristol


Research Interests


With a passion for social-ecological research and large carnivores, my PhD will focus on human-carnivore coexistence. I aim to gain a better understanding of the recurring frictions between humans and large carnivores; those that elicit strong emotions, and expose complex tensions amongst humans themselves. In order to evaluate the viability of conservation measures, my research will employ an interdisciplinary and adaptable framework that will involve cooperation between a network of scholars and regional stakeholders.

Specifically, I will investigate how carnivores persist within “typical” social-ecological land systems in South American tropical dry forests and savannas. I will combine methods from land-use science, human geography, and the social sciences with my experience in carnivore movement ecology and wildlife conservation science to accomplish this. I'll work at the continental scale and use local case studies in the Bolivian Chiquitano and Chaco dry forests to better understand how conditions are shaped at both the macro and micro scales. Overall, by acknowledging the histories and place-based expectations of local peoples, and by understanding typical land-use scenarios and carnivore behaviour, my research should help develop policies that are effective for both humans and non-humans.