PROJECTS

Take a look at some of our other past, ongoing, and planned projects!

DIGITAL MUSEUM EXHIBITION

Our first project, Cataloguing Maroon Ecological Knowledge, was the precursor to Countermapping Cockpit. Funded by UCL Centre for Critical Heritage, the project focused on capturing little-known elements of Maroon forest use in a series of short films

BLACK-BILLED PARROT

Some of our findings went towards contribution to the 2020 IUCN Red List reassessment of the black-billed and yellow-billed parrot, both endemic to Jamaica. Changes perceived by Maroon traditional practitioners who work in the dense core led to our recommendation that the former be uplisted to Endangered. This has now come into effect. Ensuring that the black-billed parrot, a habitat specialist almost exclusively found in Cockpit Country, has appropriate protection includes robust establishment of current baselines. Funded by National Geographic Society, Bobbing for Black-bills is a collaboration with researchers from University of Oxford's zoology department and University of Zurich's conservation genetics department to understand the spatial ecology and population genomics of the increasingly-threatened species

ENDEMIC RAIN FROGS

25% of amphibians on the IUCN Red List are listed as Data Deficient, which means there is not enough available information to make an assessment of their current extinction risk (see our reading list for more details). Small frog species that inhabit dense rainforests are difficult to find, identify, and monitor and well-meaning standalone projects that bring them initial levels of protection are often discontinued; they are costly and difficult to execute. Many of the endemic Eleutherodactylus spp. that are currently listed as critically endangered are at risk of becoming data deficient. Our stream monitoring project, funded by Auckland zoo and Wild Planet Trust seeks to locate niches in Cockpit South and understand the emerging threats that these regions face.