Harriet Ibbett

Harriet’s work in eastern Cambodia focuses on understanding hunting in a tropical forest ecosystem.

Photo credit: Harriet Ibbett


e-mail: harriet.ibbett@zoo.ox.ac.uk
skype: harriet_ibbett
website: http://iccs.org.uk/person/harriet-ibbett

Department of Zoology
University of Oxford


I undertook my first degree in Environmental Geography and International Development at the University of East Anglia before undertaking a MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College, London. I have varied experience working in conservation ranging from fundraising for urban tree planting projects to undertaking social and ecological fieldwork in countries such as Madagascar, Uganda, and Poland.

Current Research

I am currently a Research Assistant based at the University of Oxford in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science. I am working on a NERC funded collaborative project with the University of Edinburgh entitled “Learning from observational data to improve protected area management”. My role is primarily field-based and focuses on understanding hunting in a tropical forest ecosystem – I spent lots of time walking around forest searching for snares and interviewing local people in villages in eastern Cambodia.

Research Interests

My most recent research has involved using novel social techniques, including indirect questioning, to quantify the prevalence of illegal activity and to identify the impact of such activity on endangered species and protected areas.


Ibbett et al. (in press) Conserving a globally threatened species in a semi-natural, agrarian landscape. Oryx.

Talks and Posters

Presentation: Searching for Snares: How much effort is enough? ATBC, Xishuangbanna, China, 25th-28th March 2017

Poster: Assessing livelihoods to find a future for Bengal florican. Student Conference on Conservation Science, University of Cambridge, April 2016.