Recent A Rocha publications

This is a list of scientific publications, research and papers by A Rocha scientists.


Rozendaal, D.M.A., Suarez, D.R., De Sy, V., and 54 other authors including Lindsell, J. (2022) Aboveground forest biomass varies across continents, ecological zones and successional stages: refined IPCC default values for tropical and subtropical forests. Environmental Research Letters 17, 014047, 1-14  PDF


Ranganathan, E. and Krishnan, A. (2021) Elephant and human mortality in the Bannerghatta-Hosur landscape, Southern India. Gajah 54, 30-33  PDF

Schwartz, T., Besnard, A., Avilés, J.J., Catry, T., Górski, A., Kiss, O., Parejo, D., Račinskis, E., Šniaukšta, L., Šniaukštienė, M., Szekeres, O. & Catry, I. (2021) Geographical variation in pace-of-life in a long-distance migratory bird: implications for population management. Oecologia 1-12 LINK

Banza, P., Evans, D.M., Medeiros, R., Macgregor & C.J., Belo, A.D.F (2021)  Short-term positive effects of wildfire on diurnal insects and pollen transport in a Mediterranean ecosystem. Ecological Entomology LINK

Santoro, M., Cartus, O., Carvalhais, N., Rozendaal, D.M.A., Avitabile, V., Araza, A., de Bruin, S., Herold, M., Quegan, S., Rodríguez-Veiga, P., Balzter, H., Carreiras, J., Schepaschenko, D., Korets, M., Shimada, M., Itoh, T., Martínez, A.M., Cavlovic, J., Gatti, R.C., da Conceição Bispo, P., Dewnath, N., Labrière, N., Liang, J., Lindsell, J., Mitchard, E.T.A., Morel, A., Pascagaza, A.M.P., Ryan, C.M., Slik, F., Laurin, G.V., Verbeeck, H., Wijaya, A. & Willcock, S. (2021) The global forest above-ground biomass pool for 2010 estimated from high-resolution satellite observations. Earth System Science Data 13, 3927–3950 PDF

Mair L., Bennun L.A., Brooks T.M. and 88 other authors including Stuart, S.N. (2021) A metric for spatially explicit contributions to science-based species targets. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1-19 PDF

Makecha R.N., Phalke S. & Nakai Y. (2021) Assessing the effects of a cognition-based education program on attitudes of villagers toward Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus) in conflict-prone areas. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 1-14 PDF

Neate-Clegg, M.H.C., Stuart, S.N., Mtui, D., Şekercioğlu, Ç.H. & Newmark, W.D. (2021) Afrotropical montane birds experience upslope shifts and range contractions along a fragmented elevational gradient in response to global warming. PLOS One, March 30 2021, 1-17 PDF

Lee, A.T.K., Ottosson, U., Jackson, C., Shema, S. & Reynolds, C. (2021) Urban areas have lower species richness, but maintain functional diversity: insights from the African Bird Atlas Project. Ostrich, 2021 1-15 PDF

Milner-Gulland, E.J., Addison, P., Arlidge, W.N.S.,Baker, J., Booth, H., Brooks, T., Bull, J.W., Burgass, M.J., Ekstrom, J., zu Ermgassen, S.O.S.E., Fleming, L.V., Grub, H.M.J., von Hase, A., Hoffmann, M., Hutton, J., Juffe-Bignoli, D., ten Kate, K., Kiesecker, J.,Kümpel, N.F., Maron, M., Newing, H.S., Ole-Moiyoi, K., Sinclair, C., Sinclair, S., Starkey, M., Stuart, S.N., Tayleur, C. & Watson, J.E.M. (2021) Four steps for the Earth: mainstreaming the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. One Earth, 4, 75-87 PDF


Friedman, W. R., Halpern, B. S., McLeod, E., Beck, M. W., Duarte, C. M., Kappel, C. V., Levine, A., Sluka, R.D., Adler, S., O’Hara, C. C., Sterling, E. J., Tapia-Lewin, S., Losada, I. J., McClanahan, T. R., Pendleton, L., Spring, M., Toomey, J. P., Weiss, K. R., Possingham, H. P., & Montambault, J. R. (2020) Research priorities for achieving healthy marine ecosystems and human communities in a changing climate. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 1-14 PDF

Williams, B.A., Watson J.E.M., Butchart, S.H.M., Ward, M., Brooks, T.M., Butt, N., Bolam, F.C., Stuart, S.N., Mair, L., McGowan, P.J.K., Gregory, R., Hilton-Taylor, C., Mallon, D., Harrison, I., Simmonds, J.S. (2020) A robust goal is needed for species in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Conservation Letters, 1-8 PDF

George, A. M., van Soest, R. W., Sluka, R.D., & Lazarus, S. (2020) A checklist of marine sponges (Porifera) of peninsula India. Zootaxa, 4885(2), 277-300. LINK

Schaefer, J., Magellan, K., Sluka, R.D., Kolipaka, S., Gonzalez, O., Razali, A. A., … & Elkin, C. (2020) The Efficacy of Using SCB Guidelines to Facilitate Conservation Science-Faith Collaboration: Experiences in the Field. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 8, 1-21. PDF

Schwartz, T., Genouville, A., & Besnard, A. (2020) Increased microclimatic variation in artificial nests does not create ecological traps for a secondary cavity breeder, the European roller. Ecology and Evolution. PDF

Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Chandler, D. (2020) Do surveys of adult dragonflies and damselflies yield repeatable data? Variation in monthly counts of abundance and species richness. Journal of Insect Conservation 1-13 PDF

Ederer, B. & Sluka R.D. (2020) Plastics in the food chain. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 72, 167-175

Kuzmenko, T., Marques, A.T., Meschini, A., Avilés, J.M., Schwartz, T., Tokody, B., Végvári, Z., Barišić, S., Catry, I. & Cheshmedzhiev, S. (2020) Past and future climate-driven shifts in the distribution of a warm-adapted bird species, the European Roller Coracias garrulus. Bird Study 1-17 PDF

Hubau, W., Lewis, S.L. and 104 other authors including Lindsell, J.A. (2020) Asynchronous carbon sink saturation in African and Amazonian tropical forests. Nature 579, 80–87 LINK


Stone, M., Phalke, S., Warren, N., Kumar, D. & Krishnan, A. (2019) Gauging farmers’ acceptance of ‘Social Barrier’ mechanisms for preventing Elephant crop raids. Gajah 50, 23-28 PDF

Banza, P., Macgregor, C.J., Belo, A.D.F., Fox, R., Pocock, M.J.O. & Evans, D.M. (2019) Wildfire alters the structure and seasonal dynamics of nocturnal pollen‐transport networks. Functional Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.13388 PDF

Muralidhar, S. & Krishnan, A. (2019) Knowledge, attitude and practice of foot and mouth disease amongst pastoral practioners adjoining the Bannerghatta National Park. International Journal of Latest Research in Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences 1, 1-14 PDF

Swinfield, T., Lindsell, J.A., Williams, J.V., Harrison, R.D., Agustiono, Habibi, Gemita, E., Schönlieb, C.B. & Coomes, D.A. Accurate measurement of tropical forest canopy heights and aboveground carbon using structure from motion. Remote Sensing 11, 928, 1-16 PDF

Hereward, H.F.R., Gentle, L.K., Ray, N.D. & Sluka, R.D. (2019) Habitat associations of hawkfish: depth, distribution, and density at two sites in Kenya. Bulletin of Marine Science 95: 265–276 LINK

Lee, D.C., Powell, V.J. & Lindsell, J.A. (2019) Understanding landscape and plot-scale habitat utilisation by Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) in degraded lowland forest. Acta Oecologica 96: 1–9 LINK

Lindsell, J.A., Agyei, R., Bosu, D., Decher, J., Hawthorne, W., Marshall, C., Ofori-Boateng, C., & Rödel, M.-O. (2019) The Biodiversity of Atewa Forest. A Rocha Ghana, Accra, Ghana PDF


Pocock, M.J.O,  Chandler, M., Bonney, R., Thornhill, I., Albin, A., August, T., Bachman, S., Brown, P.M.J., Cunha, D.G.F., Grez, A., Jackson, C., Peters, M., Rabarijaon, N.R., Roy, H.E., Zaviezo, T. & Danielsen, F. (2018). A vision for global biodiversity monitoring with citizen science. Advances in Ecological Research 59, 169–223. LINK

Nasirwa O., Mungai P., Ng’weno F., Kirao L., Gichohi E., Chesire D., Ikime T. & Barasa F. (2018). January 2018 Waterbird Count Results in the Rift Valley, Nairobi, Central, Coast, Amboseli and Yala Swamp. National Museums of Kenya Centre for Biodiversity Research Reports: Ornithology, No. 83. PDF

Saklani, A., Dilip Kumar A.V., Gayathri, A. & Krishnan A. (2018). The Railway-Line Fence: A New Passive Elephant Barrier at Bannerghatta National Park, Southern India. Gajah 48: 20–23 PDF

Finch, T., Branston, C., Clewlow, H., Dunning, J., Franco, A.M.A., Račinskis, E., Schwartz, T. & Butler, S.J. (2018). Context-dependent conservation of the cavity-nesting European Roller. Ibis, 1–17. PDF

Krishnan A., Phalke S., Dilip Kumar A.V., Talit A., Gayathri A. (2018). Mammals of Bannerghatta National Park – a camera trap inventory. Karnataka Forest Department – Bannerghatta National Park & A Rocha India, Bangalore. 107 pages, paperback. PDF (for educational and non-commercial purposes only)

Hereward, H.F.R., Foggo, A., Hinckley, S.L., Greenwood, J., Smale, D.A. (2018). Seasonal variability in the population structure of a habitat-forming kelp and a conspicuous gastropod grazer: Do blue-rayed limpets (Patella pellucida) exert top-down pressure on Laminaria digitata populations? Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 506, 171–181 LINK

Cowburn, B., Musembi, P.M., Sindorf, V.Kohlmeier, D., Raker, C., Nussbaumer, A.Hereward, H.F.R., Van Baelenberghe, B., Goebbels, D., Kamire, J., Horions, M., Sluka, R.D., Taylor, M.L. & Rogers, A.D. (2018). The habitats and biodiversity of Watamu Marine National Park: evaluating our knowledge of one of East Africa’s oldest marine protected areas. Atoll Research Bulletin 618: 1–45 PDF

Costa, J.M., Ramos, J.A., da Silva, L.P., Timóteo, S., Andrade, P., Araújo, P.M., Carneiro, C., Correia, E., Cortez, P., Felgueiras, M., Godinho, C., Lopes, R.J., Matos, C., Norte, A.C., Pereira, P.F., Rosa, A & Heleno, R.H. (2018). Rewiring of experimentally disturbed seed dispersal networks might lead to unexpected network configurations. Basic & Applied Ecology 30, 11–22 LINK

Krishnan, A., Gayathri, A., Phalke, S. & Dilip Kumar, A.V. (2018). Terrestrial mammals of Bannerghatta National Park, Karnataka, India: A camera-trap inventory and seasonal assessments. Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences 12: 273–282 PDF


Hereward, H.F.R., Ray, N.D., Gentle, L.K. & Sluka, R.D. (2017). Ghost crab burrow density at Watamu Marine National Park: An indicator of the impact of urbanisation and associated disturbance? African Journal of Marine Science 39:129–133 LINK

Jones, S., Burgess, M.D., Sinclair, F., Lindsell, J., & Vickery, J. (2017) Optimal monitoring strategy to detect rule-breaking: a power and simulation approach parameterised with field data from Gola Rainforest National Park, Sierra Leone. Conservation & Society 15: 92–103. PDF

Imboma T., Mungai, P., Ng’weno, F., Kirao, L., Bett, A., Njoroge, P., & Nasirwa, O. (2017) January 2017 Waterbird Counts in the Rift Valley Lakes, Nairobi Area, Coast and Nyanza. Centre for Biodiversity Research Report: Ornithology No. 82. Nairobi. PDF

Gunton, R.M., van Asperen, E.N., Basden, A., Bookless, D., Araya, Y., Hanson, D.R., Goddard, M.A., Otieno, G. & Jones, G.O. (2017) Beyond Ecosystem Services: valuing the invaluable. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 32, 249–257 LINK

Burgess, M., Hillers, A., Bannah, D., Mohamed, S., Swaray, M., Turay, B.S., Vickery, J. & Lindsell, J.A. (2016) The importance of protected and unprotected areas for colony occupancy and colony size in White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus in and around Gola Rainforest National Park, Sierra Leone. Bird Conservation International 27: 244–255. LINK


Gayathri, S.A., Jayashankar, M. & Krishnan, A. (2016) A pilot-survey to assess the diversity and distribution of reptilian fauna in Taralu Village, abutting the Bannerghatta National Park, Karnataka, India. Reptile RAP 18, 3–18 LINK

Mabeluanga, T., Dilip Kumar A.V., Gayathri, A., & Krishnan, A. (2016) Influence of elephant-human interactions on agrarian communities in the Bengaluru-Bannerghatta landscape – a perspective survey. Gajah, 45, 28–32. PDF

Bush, E.R., Short, R.E., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Lennox, K., Samoilys, M. & Hill, N. (2016) Mosquito net use in an artisanal East African fishery. Conservation Letters DOI: 10.1111/conl.12286. PDF

Mateus, M., Almeida, D., Simonson, W., Felgueiras, M., Banza, P. & Batty, L. (2016) Conflictive uses of coastal areas: A case study in a southern European coastal lagoon (Ria de Alvor, Portugal). Ocean & Coastal Management, 132, 90–100. LINK

Finch, T., Dunning, J., Kiss, O., Racinskis, E., Schwartz, T., Sniauksta, L., Szekeres, O., Tokody, B., Franco, A. & Butler, S.J. (2016) Insights into the migration of the European Roller from ring recoveries. Journal of Ornithology 158, 83–90. PDF

Jucker, T., Cuni Sanchez, A., Lindsell, J.A., Allen, H.D., Amable, G.S., Vickery, J. & Coomes, D.A. (2016) Drivers of aboveground wood production in a lowland tropical forest of West Africa: teasing apart the roles of tree density, tree diversity, soil phosphorus and historical logging. Ecology & Evolution DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2175. PDF

Phalke, S., John, J.V., Jayashankar, M. & Avinash, K. (2016) A checklist of birds in and around Taralu village, adjoining the western margin of the Bannerghatta National Park. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies, 4, 413–415. PDF

Alexander, R., Avinash, K., Phalke, S., Manidip, M. & Jayashankar, M. (2016) Rapid assessment of butterfly diversity in an ecotone adjoining Bannerghatta National Park, Bengaluru. Bugs R All, 22, 28–29. PDF

Jackson, C.H.W. (2016) Clues towards the migration route for Greater and Lesser Sand Plovers spending the non-breeding season in Kenya. Biodiversity Observations, 7, 1–8. PDF

Hodgetts, N.G., Essilfie, M.K., Adu-Gyamfi, A., Akom, E., Kumadoh, J. & Opoku, J. (2016) Bryophytes of Atewa Forest, Eastern Region, Ghana. Journal of Bryology, 6687, 1–12.

Hillers, A., Buchanan, G.M., Garteh, J.C., Tommy, S.M., Fofana, M.L. & Lindsell, J.A. (2016) A mix of community-based conservation and protected forests is needed for the survival of the Endangered pygmy hippopotamus Choeropsis liberiensis. Oryx, 1–10.

Krishnan, A., Panwar, S., Gayathri, A., Phalke, S. & Venkateshaiah, D.A. (2016) A badger in Bannerghatta: an opportunistic record of the Ratel Mellivora capensis (Schreber, 1776) (Mammalia: Carnivora: Mustelidae) from Karnataka, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 8, 8820–8823. PDF

Jackson, C.H.W. (2016) Of Kenyan Crab-Plovers and Terek Sandpipers. Wader Quest, 2, 18–19. PDF


Gopalakrishna, S.P., Kaonga, M.L., Somashekar, R. K., Suresh, H. S., & Suresh, R. (2015). Tree diversity in the tropical dry forest of Bannerghatta National Park in Eastern Ghats, Southern India. European Journal of Ecology, 1, 12–27. PDF

Jackson, C.H.W., Ng’weno, F., Mwambire, J., Mwachongo, J., Baya, A., Changawa, P., Garama, J., Kenga, S., Katisho, S., Barisa, S., Thuva, K., Wario, P., Finch, B., Ekesa, S. & Katana, G. (2015) First recorded breeding of Clarke’s Weaver Ploceus golandi. Scopus, 35, 1–10. PDF

Banza, P., Belo, A.D.F. & Evans, D.M. (2015) The structure and robustness of nocturnal Lepidopteran pollen-transfer networks in a Biodiversity Hotspot. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 1–9 LINK.

England, K.J.H., Jackson, C.H.W. & Hockey, P.A.R. (2015) A novel methodology for the rapid assessment of waterbird vulnerability to disturbance. Ostrich, 86, 75–85.

Finch, T., Saunders, P., Avilés, J.M., Bermejo, A., Catry, I., de la Puente, J., Emmenegger, T., Mardega, I., Mayet, P., Parejo, D., Račinskis, E., Rodríguez-Ruiz, J., Sackl, P., Schwartz, T., Tiefenbach, M., Valera, F., Hewson, C., Franco, A. & Butler, S.J. (2015) A pan-European, multipopulation assessment of migratory connectivity in a near-threatened migrant bird. Diversity and Distributions, 1–12.

Gordon, T.A.C., Cowburn, B., & Sluka, R.D. (2015) Defended territories of an aggressive damselfish contain lower juvenile coral density than adjacent non-defended areas on Kenyan lagoon patch reefs. Coral Reefs, 34,13–16.

Kent, R., Lindsell, J.A., Laurin, G.V., Valentini, R. & Coomes, D.A. (2015) Airborne LiDAR detects selectively logged tropical forest even in an advanced stage of recovery. Remote Sensing, 7, 8348–8367.

Lee, D.C., Powell, V.J. & Lindsell, J.A. (2015) The conservation value of degraded forests for agile gibbons Hylobates agilis. American Journal of Primatology, 77, 76–85.

Lindsell, J.A., Lee, D.C., Powell, V.J. & Gemita, E. (2015) Availability of large seed-dispersers for restoration of degraded tropical forest. Tropical Conservation Science 8, 17–27. PDF

MacFarlane, D.W., Kinzer, A.T. & Banks, J.E. (2015) Coupled human-natural regeneration of indigenous coastal dry forest in Kenya. Forest Ecology and Management, 1–11.

Nachuha, S., Muheebwa-Muhoozi, J., Ndibaisa, D., Kibuule, M. & Pomeroy, D. (2015) Grey Crowned Cranes Balearica regulorum in urban areas of Uganda. Scopus, 34, 48–51. PDF

Sindorf, V., Cowburn, B. & Sluka, R.D. (2015) Rocky intertidal fish assemblage in the Watamu Marine National Park, Western Indian Ocean. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 98,1777–1785.

Wachira, W., Jackson, C.H.W. & Njoroge, P. (2015) Kenya Bird Map : an internet-based system for monitoring bird distribution and populations in Kenya. Scopus, 34, 58–60. PDF

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