interests: conservation of forests and wildlife (especially primates), effects of anthropogenic disturbance, research-driven conservation
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616, USA
Understanding the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on wildlife and forests, especially primates in tropical forests.
Planning and conducting research that focuses on the the interactions between humans and the environment.
Facilitating conservation efforts with the use of research-driven and localized strategies.
Influencing governmental policies towards the environment with scientific understanding.
Dissertation Title: Anthropogenic disturbance, its effects on primates, and conservation in the West Usambara Mountains, Tanzania
Research Site: The forests of the West Usambara mountain block in the Eastern Arc mountains of Tanzania
Current Focal Species: Angolan black-and-white colobus monkeys (Colobus angolensis palliatus)
RECENT and IN PREP PUBLICATIONS:
Preston, M.A. (In Prep – Near Submission) The local influences on anthropogenic disturbance of forests in a biodiversity hotspot in Tanzania.
Preston, M.A. (In Prep – Near Submission) Preparing for participatory management: local awareness and support for conservation in West Usambara, Tanzania.
Preston, M.A. (In Prep – Near Submission) The effects of disturbance on black-and-white colobus monkeys (Colobus angolensis palliatus) in the forests of West Usambara, Tanzania.
Preston, M.A. (Submitted) Quantifying anthropogenic disturbance of forests in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania.
Preston, M.A. (2011) Anthropogenic disturbance of forests, its effects on primates, and conservation in the West Usambara Mountains, Tanzania. PhD Thesis. University of California, Davis.
Preston, M.A. and A.H.Harcourt (2009) Conservation implications of the prevalence and representation of locally extinct mammals in the folklore of Native Americans. Conservation and Society 7(1):59-69.
Preston, M.A. (2004) Estimation of western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) group sizes and compositions in Cameroon by indirect evidence. Senior Honor's Thesis. Boulder: University of Colorado.
Preston, M.A. (2002) An endangered monkey? A study of Colobus angolensis. Independent Study Project. Tanzania: School for International Training.