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Role: Junior Research Fellow


Dr Isla Duporge


I have a doctorate from the Department of Zoology where I focused on advancing methods using remote sensing technology to monitor wildlife. Prior to this, I was working with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria. I am French/British and my current Fellowship is funded by the US Army Research Office.

Research interests

I am interested in improving wildlife observation data collection methods to better understand population trends and collective behaviour.


During 2021/22 I am advising several MSc and DPhil students in the School of Geography and tutoring on the MBiol programme in the Department of Biology. Tutorials include - mammalian mating behaviour understood through natural selection theory, remote sensing methods and conservation technologies.

I was previously TA to the course director on the Biodiversity Conservation Management Masters programme (MSc) in the Oxford School of Geography. In addition, I have been teaching several courses on Environmental Research Methods to the NERC DTP DPhil students and I have ran several workshops for the Saïd Business School Executive Education programme over the last few years.


Duporge, I., Finerty, G., Ihwagi, F., Lee, S., Wathika,J., Wu, Z., Macdonald,D., Tiejun Wang (2022) A satellite perspective on the movement decisions of African elephants in relation to nomadic pastoralists.

Duporge, I., Spiegel, M., Thomson, E., Chapman, T., Lamberth, C., Pond., C., Macdonald, D., Wang, T., & Klinck, H. (2021) Determination of optimal flight altitude to minimise acoustic drone disturbance to wildlife using species audiograms. Methods in Ecology & Evolution.

Cusack, J. J., Bradfer-Lawrence, T., Baynham-Herd, Z., y Tickell, S. C., Duporge, I., Hegre, H., & Bunnefeld, N. (2021). Measuring the intensity of conflicts in conservation. Conservation Letters. doi: 10.1111/conl.12783

Duporge, I. C., Isupova, O., Reece, S., Macdonald, D., & Wang, T. (2020). Using very high-resolution satellite imagery and deep learning to detect and count African elephants in heterogeneous landscapes. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. doi: 10.1002/rse2.195

Duporge, I., Hodgetts, T., Wang, T. et al. The spatial distribution of illegal hunting of terrestrial mammals in Sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic map. Environ Evid 9, 15 (2020).

Duporge, I., Hodgetts, T. & Brett, M. What spatially explicit quantitative evidence exists that shows the effect of land tenure on illegal hunting of endangered terrestrial mammals in sub-Saharan Africa? A systematic map protocol Environ Evid 7, 27 (2018).