Arata Honda and Matthew Luskin

Arata Honda is a PhD student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, and a former member of the Ecological Cascades Lab at the University of Queensland. He is interested in the ecology of arboreal animals, from the macroecological and macroevolutionary forces that have driven the tree-dwelling lifestyles of modern canopy inhabitants, to quantitatively and visually capturing the minute dynamics within forest communities across space and time. He is particularly invested in advancing remote sensing applications for effective monitoring and conservation of these often threatened but overlooked species.

Dr Matthew Luskin heads The Ecological Cascades Lab at the University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences and is a Chief Investigator with the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science. He is a broadly trained ecologist working at the nexus of land-use change, wildlife ecology, plant-animal interactions and conservation science. His work, carried out in tropical rainforests around the world, aims to understand the secondary cascading impacts of human activities on wildlife populations, and explores strategies for effective biodiversity conservation.