John C Mittermeier

John C Mittermeier
University of Oxford | OX · School of Geography and the Environment

PhD

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Introduction
My research focuses on the natural history, biogeography, and conservation of birds. From a conservation perspective, I am interested in understanding how and why people value species, and specifically how the intrinsic, cultural values of species can be quantified and measured in ways relevant to conservation. My PhD research incorporates big data analytics, culturomics, and natural language processing as methods to explore the role of cultural value in conservation planning and practice.
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August 2011 - August 2014
Louisiana State University
Position
  • Master's Student

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Publications (50)
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Author summary Digital information archives offer novel opportunities to study human attitudes towards nature and to better understand how people interact with other species of animals and plants. The insights gained from such studies may be able to inform conservation efforts. Our study uses time-series of views to pages in the online encyclopedia...
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Modern conservation operates at the nexus of biological and social influences. While the importance of social and cultural factors is often mentioned, defining, measuring and comparing these factors remains a significant challenge. Here, we explore a novel method to quantify cultural interest in all extant reptile species using Wikipedia — a large,...
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Pokémon Go, an augmented reality (AR) smartphone game, replicates many aspects of real-world wildlife watching and natural history by allowing players to find, capture, and collect Pokémon, which are effectively virtual animals. In this paper, we consider how the unprecedented success of Pokémon Go as a smartphone game might create opportunities an...
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The island of Makira in the eastern Solomon Islands is a globally significant priority for bird conservation and, like other islands in Melanesia, its avifauna plays an important role in understanding patterns of biogeography and speciation. Large portions of the island have rarely been visited by ornithologists, however, and published natural hist...
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Ornithological surveys of the Sipaliwini savanna, an Amazonian savanna enclave along the Suriname—Brazil border, were conducted in July 2006 and June 2007. Of the 148 species recorded, five are new for Suriname: Micropygia schomburgkii, Myiopagis vindicata, Sublegatus modestus, Neopelma pallescens and Neothraupis fasciata. Patterns of species-shari...
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Despite increasing numbers of birders in the Neotropics, some species continue to evade detection – and remain ‘lost’. A new partnership seeks redress, and this article represents a call to action: readers, go forth and refind our region’s missing birds!
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Abstract. We present observations from a small collection of longhorns belonging to the subfamily Prioninae and collected during an expedition in the rainy season to a newly designated protected area, Mahimborondro, in North-East Madagascar. The material includes a new species (S. mahimborondroensis sp. nov.) of Closterini (Prioninae) from a small...
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Ongoing loss of biological diversity is primarily the result of unsustainable human behavior. Thus, the long-term success of biodiversity conservation depends on a thorough understanding of human-nature interactions. Such interactions are ubiquitous but vary greatly in time and space and are difficult to monitor efficiently at large spatial scales....
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Culturomic tools enable the exploration of trends in human-nature interactions, although they entail inherent biases and necessitate careful validation. Furthermore, people may engage with nature across different culturomic data sets differently. We evaluated people's digital interest and engagement with plant species based on Wikipedia and Google...
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The recent growth of online big data offers opportunities for rapid and inexpensive measurement of public interest. Conservation culturomics is an emerging research area that uses online data to study human-nature relationships for conservation. Methods for conservation culturomics, though promising, are still being developed and refined. We consid...
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Large body size, the defining characteristic of “charismatic megafauna,” is often viewed as the most significant correlate of higher public interest in species. However, common, local species (many of which are not large) can also generate public interest. We explored the relative importance of body size versus local occurrence in patterns of onlin...
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Conservation strategies based on charismatic flagship species, such as tigers, lions, and elephants, successfully attract funding from individuals and corporate donors. However, critics of this species-focused approach argue it wastes resources and often does not benefit broader biodiversity. If true, then the best way of raising conservation funds...
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Louisiana State University, the University of Kansas, and the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak undertook collaborative research on the evolution and ecology of Bornean birds starting in 2005. This collaboration included a series of expeditions from 2007-2017 to collect and study birds at >30 sites in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Here we provide informatio...
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Louisiana State University, the University of Kansas, and the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak undertook collaborative research on the evolution and ecology of Bornean birds starting in 2005. This collaboration included a series of expeditions from 2007–2017 to collect and study birds at >30 sites in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Here we provide informatio...
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Histogram of the distribution of significant correlation coefficients (FDR-adjusted p < 0.05) between monthly eBird frequency and monthly pageviews to seasonal Wikipedia pages for bird species that occur in Germany, Sweden, Italy, and the US. The distribution of values indicates that monthly increases in pageviews often correspond temporally with i...
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Additional information on methods to establish thresholds for seasonality, assign latitude to Wikipedia languages, and compare eBird frequency and Wikipedia pageview data. (DOCX)
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Pokémon Go, an augmented reality (AR) smartphone game, replicates many aspects of real‐world wildlife watching and natural history by allowing players to find, capture, and collect Pokémon, which are effectively virtual animals. In this article, we consider how the unprecedented success of Pokémon Go as a smartphone game might create opportunities...
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The Samoan Archipelago is an important area of avian diversity and endemism within the tropical Pacific. Here, we summarize observations on the natural history and vocalizations of Samoan birds based on fieldwork conducted over the course of five visits to Samoa and American Samoa from 1977 to 2006 with particular emphasis on the Manu'a Islands and...
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A description of the first record of Oriental Honey Buzzard for the island of Ternate (North Maluku) together with a broader examination of the migration of this species in eastern Indonesia.
Research
A description of the first record of Oriental Honey Buzzard for the island of Ternate (North Maluku) together with a broader examination of the migration of this species in eastern Indonesia.
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Obi is a remote island in the endemic-rich northern Moluccas region of Wallacea. Despite recent ornithological expeditions in 2010 and 2012, much remains to be learned about its avifauna in terms of distribution, migration patterns, and breeding phenology. We made a collecting trip to Obi in November–December 2013, and here describe noteworthy obse...
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We present an analysis of prey animals recovered from a collection of Barn Owl (Tyto alba) pellets found at a roost site in the spiny forest along the Mahafaly Plateau in the Parc National de Tsimanampetsotsa. Among 59 pellets examined, we identify a minimum of 227 individual prey animals, with an estimated combined biomass of slightly more than 7....
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Trapping for the domestic and international pet trade is a significant conservation threat to several species of psittacine in the Northern Moluccas, Indonesia. Field studies conducted on the status of parrots in this region in the early 1990s assessed the impact of the trade and provided recommendations for regulations, but since then little resea...
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The avifauna of eastern Wallacea remains little studied despite high diversity and endemism and basic knowledge of the ecology, taxonomy and distribution of species is lacking. Results of a two-month survey on Obi, North Moluccas, Indonesia, in July and August 2012 are presented here. General observations, point counts, mist-netting and interviews...
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The Moluccan Woodcock Scolopax rochussenii is an enigmatic forest wader endemic to the North Moluccas, Indonesia. Until recently, the species was known from fewer than ten confirmed records and it is currently considered to be endangered under the criteria of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In July–August 2012, field...
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Perceived difficulties of access have often dampened birdwatchers' interest in the central Guianan state of Suriname, and this applies especially to the far south of the country. Here, two researchers who have spent considerable time exploring this still rather remote area introduce us to the many avian possibilities in southernmost Suriname, as we...
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We conducted ornithological surveys of Tafelberg mountain, Suriname, in November-December 2005 and August-September 2008 and also surveyed the adjacent lowlands in both forest and savanna habitats around the Kappel Airstrip. We recorded a total of 283 species, including 27 Guianan endemics and 2 tepuian endemics (Heliodoxa xanthogonys and Hylophilu...
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On 10 Aug 2006 we discovered a nest of Band-tailed Antshrike (Thamnophilus melanothorax, formerly in Sakesphorus) at Werephai in southern Suriname. The nest was a deep open cup suspended by the rim from a horizontal fork of a tree sapling (Siparuna decipiens) 1.6 m above the ground. The cup was constructed of living moss on the outside and rhizomor...

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To explore the fields of conservation culturomics and iEcology, two emerging research areas based on the analysis of online data resources. Conservation culturomics (https://www.conservationculturomics.com) focuses on the study of human-nature interactions through the analysis of digital data, with the main application in conservation science. iEcology (https://www.i-ecology.org) is focused on studies of ecological patterns and processes based on digitally stored ecological data, generated for other purposes. Our aims are also to promote their wider use, and facilitate their integration in research, management, policy and practice. We welcome new collaborations and members.