Dr Susan M Cheyne

Susan M. Cheyne
BSc (Hons) PhD MRSB CSci FRGS FLS
ABOUT ME
I am Director of Gibbon and Felid Research and Conservation at the of the
Orang-utan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop). This work has confirmed the presence of clouded leopards in this habitat. I am also developing behavioural ecology and density studies on felid and large mammal guilds within the Sabangau and surveys to determine the degree of bushmeat trade in flying foxes as well as indirect and direct hunting pressure on felids. Since 2012 I am heading a clouded leopard survey across all four provinces of Indonesian Borneo to determine the populations density and distribution of clouded leopards as well as compare large mammal biomass and guild presence to carbon stocks. In addition I am responsible for coordinating the volunteer programme developing long-term, wildlife monitoring projects to be carried out by students and volunteers which will contribute to the scientific knowledge of the study area. Since joining Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University I have taught undergraduates and MSc students in zoology, biological and social anthropology including lectures and tutorials and supervised final year projects. I am a founding member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, Primate Specialist Group (PSG) Section on Small Apes (SSA), established in 2013 to aid efforts to conserve the Hylobatidae globally. Since 2010 I am an associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University teaching Captive Management on the Primate Conservation MSc. I am a co-founder and Director for BRINCC (Barito River Initiative for Nature Conservation and Communities) focusing on conservation research in the central highlands of Borneo. I have supervised 18 BSc, 20 MSc projects and 1 PhD students. I am a trustee of the charity MASC (Monkeys Acting in Schools for Conservation) and of the Orangutan Land Trust. I am also a council member of the Primate Society of Great Britain (PSGB) and serve on the Captive Care Working Party for PSGB. Since 2005 I am a scientific advisor to the Kalaweit Gibbon Project, raising awareness of the plight of gibbons and advising on rehabilitation and reintroduction of gibbons in Indonesia. I advise a number of consultancy groups in Indonesia on biodiversity monitoring and surveying methods and consult with the Zoological Society of London about ongoing gibbon and felid projects. I am responsible for the compliance of OuTrop with BS8848, the British Standard for overseas expeditions and fieldwork. I am a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Indonesian Natural History. As of January 2013 I am a member of the IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group, Cat Specialist Group and Primate Specialist Group Section on Small Apes involved in advising conservation groups and over-seeing production of guidelines on best practice. I previously worked as a Post-doctoral researcher with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Oxford University, working with Professor David Macdonald.