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James ASKEW

Asia Program Associate at Wildlife Works Carbon

2019

James' research focuses on Indonesian forest conservation and ecology. His interests include mapping and monitoring of above ground carbon stocks, animal-landscape interactions, protected area designation and management, and mechanisms for increasing conservation efficacy. James primarily works in the Leuser Ecosystem; spanning 2.6 million Ha across Aceh and North Sumatra provinces, it is the largest remaining contiguous forest in southeast Asia and the last stronghold for critically endangered Sumatran elephants, orangutans, rhino, and tigers. For his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, James studied orangutan conservation and behavior, including fieldwork with all three species: Sumatran orangutan (P. abelii), Bornean orangutan (P. pygmaeus), and, recently described, Tapanuli orangutan (P. tapanuliensis).

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