Zachary Amir

I completed degrees in Psychology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado- Boulder with the Latin honors Magna sum laude. My passion for studying wildlife ecology was ignited when I studied abroad in Queensland where I developed a research project examining interactions between lace monitor lizards and humans on Fraser Island. After graduating, I worked as a field research technician on several USA federal government and university projects focused on the management and conservation of threatened reptiles and amphibians.


I am researching the ecological impacts of apex predator declines in Southeast Asian tropical forest food webs for my PhD at the University of Queensland. There are notable examples of apex predator serving as keystone species structing entire ecological communities in other ecosystems, such as wolves in Yellowstone National Park, lions and leopards in the African Serengeti, and dingoes in arid Australia, but are tigers and other large carnivores keystone species in Southeast Asian tropical forests? I am utilizing a multi-site approach using camera trapping surveys conducted across the reigon to examine how the loss of multiple apex predator species may impact both the abundance and behaviors of diverse herbivores and mesopredator species. Additionally, I am examining the key drivers (e.g. hunting, deforestation, logging) that are removing apex predators from landscapes, and forcasting potential ecosystem restoration outcomes from the reintroduction of apex predators in degraded Southeast Asian tropical forests. 

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