Name: Matt Nuttall

Project Title: Sustainable decision making in dynamic landscapes supporting biodiversity and people in the Eastern Plains Landscape of Cambodia

Cohort: 2017/18

Institution: University of Stirling, CASE partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society



My research focusses on the interface between people and nature, and the dynamic aspects of these relationships at different scales. At the national scale I will be investigating the drivers of land-use change across Cambodia in order to model potential future scenarios of forest loss.  In doing so I will assess the ability of the National Biodiversity Conservation Corridor network to ensure connectivity between protected areas both now and in the future.  By harnessing the flexibility of systematic conservation planning methods, I will incorporate future forest loss scenarios into the long-term management of the corridor network.  At a finer scale, I will be investigating how both people and wildlife use space and resources within individual national parks, in order to understand the spatial trade-offs in medium to long-term protected area management and planning.

After completing a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Leeds in 2007, my career has taken me to Kenya, Cambodia, and the UK working within the conservation NGO sector. I completed an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London in 2012, before joining the Wildlife Conservation Society in Cambodia in 2013.  In 2016 I returned to the UK where I was a Project Officer for the Scottish Wildlife Trust based in NE Scotland.

Publications/Conference talks/Posters:

Nuttall, M., Nut, M., Ung, V., O’Kelly, H.J. (2016) Abundance estimates for the endangered green peafowl Pavo muticus in Cambodia: Identification of a globally important site for conservation. Bird Conservation International

Barca, B., Vincent, C., Khang, S., Nuttall, M., Hobson, K.J. (2016) Multi-female group in the southernmost species of Nomascus: Field observations in Eastern Cambodia. Asian Primates

Nuttall, M., Willcox, D., Nut, M., Seng, R., Handschuh, M. (2016) The first records of red-legged crake Ralina fasciata for Cambodia. BirdingASIA

Barca, B., Nuttall, M., Hobson, K.J. (2015) A diurnal observation of small-toothed palm civets Arctogalidia trivirgata mating in Seima Protection Forest, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. Small Carnivore Conservation

Wijtten, Z., Nuttall, M., Hankinson, E., Pellissier, T., Lemarkat, R. (2012) Activity budgets of Angola black-and-white colobus (Colobus angolensis palliatus) in an East African coastal forest. African Primates 7


Nuttall, M., Nut, M., O’Kelly, H. (2013) Long-term monitoring of threatened primates in eastern Cambodia: results, conservation, and future prospects. Conservation of Primates in Indochina – 3rd International Conference, Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam.

Nuttall, M., Nut, M., (2014) Prioritising resources for long-term monitoring: Are we seeing a return on our conservation investment? 25th Congress of the International Primatological Society, Hanoi, Vietnam

Nuttall, M., Ung, V., Diment, A., Phien, S., Merriman, J. (2014) The legal loss of protected areas: A case study from eastern Cambodia. Society for Conservation Biology Asia Section, Melaka, Malaysia

Nuttall, M., Nut, M., Ung, V., O’Kelly, H. (2015) The flexibility of distance sampling data for monitoring rare species. 9th Annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation – Asia Pacific Chapter, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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