Dr Damber Bista


Dr Damber Bista
NameDr Damber Bista
Email Addressdamber.bista@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleResearch Fellow (Wildlife Management)
QualificationsBSc Tribhuvan, MEnvSci Tribhuvan, PhD Qld
DepartmentCentre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (Research)
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2699-1642
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Biography

With a background in conservation ecology, I am interested in understanding the co-existence between humans and wildlife. With over 15 years of experience in the wildlife conservation field, I have dedicated a significant portion of my career to the study of red pandas, a habitat specialist native to the Himalayas. I explored the movement and spatial ecology of red pandas in the human-dominated landscape in my PhD. Currently, I am studying the movement ecology of koalas in similar landscapes. In general, my research focuses on movement and spatial ecology, meta-population dynamics, human-wildlife interface, community-based conservation, and conservation policy.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Research FellowUniversity of Southern Queensland2023
Senior Conservation AnalystDepartment of Environment and Science, Queensland Government20222023
Conservation ManagerRed Panda Network20142018
Conservation CoordinatorRed Panda Network20112013

Fields of Research

  • 310301. Behavioural ecology
  • 310307. Population ecology
  • 410205. Fire ecology
  • 410206. Landscape ecology
  • 410401. Conservation and biodiversity
  • 410402. Environmental assessment and monitoring
  • 410404. Environmental management
  • 410406. Natural resource management
  • 410407. Wildlife and habitat management

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
Founding member: Society of Conservation Biology Nepal Chapter
Member: Society for Conservation Biology, USA
Member: Nepal Environment Society
BSc
Tribhuvan
2004
MEnvSci
Tribhuvan
2008
PhD
Qld
2022

Red panda tourism gives hope in the mid-mountain range of the Eastern Himalaya, yet inappropriate practices may lead to failure

Bista, Damber, Baxter, Greg S., Hudson, Nicholas J. and Murray, Pter John. 2023. "Red panda tourism gives hope in the mid-mountain range of the Eastern Himalaya, yet inappropriate practices may lead to failure." Conservation Science and Practice. 5 (11). https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.13036

Disturbance and fragmentation impacts movement ecology of a habitat specialist: conservation implications for red pandas

Bista, Damber. 2022. Disturbance and fragmentation impacts movement ecology of a habitat specialist: conservation implications for red pandas. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Queensland. https://doi.org/10.14264/de41d40

Seasonal resource selection of an arboreal habitat specialist in a human-dominated landscape: a case study using red panda

Bista, Damber, Baxter, Greg S., Hudson, Nicholas J. and Murray, Peter J.. 2023. "Seasonal resource selection of an arboreal habitat specialist in a human-dominated landscape: a case study using red panda." Current Zoology. 69 (1), pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1093/cz/zoac014

Space use, interaction and recursion in a solitary specialized herbivore: a red panda case study

Bista, Damber, Baxter, Greg S., Hudson, Nicholas J., Lama, Sonam Tashi, Weerman, Janno and Murray, Peter J.. 2022. "Space use, interaction and recursion in a solitary specialized herbivore: a red panda case study." Endangered Species Research. 47, pp. 131-143. https://doi.org/10.3354/esr01171

Movement and dispersal of a habitat specialist in human-dominated landscapes: a case study of the red panda

Bista, Damber, Baxter, Greg S., Hudson, Nicholas J., Lama, Sonam Tashi, Weerman, Janno and Murray, Peter John. 2021. "Movement and dispersal of a habitat specialist in human-dominated landscapes: a case study of the red panda." Movement Ecology. 9, pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40462-021-00297-z

First record of Bengal Tiger, Panthera tigris tigris Linnaeus, 1758 (Felidae), in eastern Nepal

Bista, Damber, Tashi Lama, Sonam, Shrestha, Janam, Rumba, Yam Bahadur, Weerman, Janno, Thapa, Maghuri Karki, Acharya, Haribhadra, Sherpa, Ang Phuri, Hudson, Nicholas J., Baxter, Greg S. and Murray, Peter John. 2021. "First record of Bengal Tiger, Panthera tigris tigris Linnaeus, 1758 (Felidae), in eastern Nepal." Check List. 17 (5), pp. 1249-1253. https://doi.org/10.15560/17.5.1249

Effect of disturbances and habitat fragmentation on an arboreal habitat specialist mammal using GPS telemetry: a case of the red panda

Bista, Damber, Baxter, Greg S., Hudson, Nicholas J., Lama, Sonam Tashi and Murray, Peter John. 2022. "Effect of disturbances and habitat fragmentation on an arboreal habitat specialist mammal using GPS telemetry: a case of the red panda." Landscape Ecology. 37 (3), pp. 795-809. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-021-01357-w

Reaching over the gap: a review of trends in and status of Red Panda research over 193 years (1827-2020)

Karki, Sikha, Maraseni, Tek, Mackey, Brendan, Bista, Damber, Lama, Sonam Tashi, Gautam, Ambika P., Sherpa, Ang Phuri, Koju, Upama, Shrestha, Anita and Cadman, Tim. 2021. "Reaching over the gap: a review of trends in and status of Red Panda research over 193 years (1827-2020)." Science of the Total Environment. 781, pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146659

What is driving the increased demand for red panda pelts?

Bista, Damber, Baxter, Greg S. and Murray, Peter John. 2020. "What is driving the increased demand for red panda pelts?" Human Dimensions of Wildlife. 25 (4), pp. 324-338. https://doi.org/10.1080/10871209.2020.1728788