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Research Article

Global Trends and Factors Associated with the Illegal Killing of Elephants: A Hierarchical Bayesian Analysis of Carcass Encounter Data

  • Robert W. Burn,

    Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

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  • Fiona M. Underwood mail,

    f.m.underwood@reading.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

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  • Julian Blanc

    Affiliation: Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants, CITES Secretariat, UNEP/DELC, Nairobi, Kenya

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  • Published: September 02, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0024165

About the Authors

Robert W. Burn, Fiona M. Underwood
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
Julian Blanc
Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants, CITES Secretariat, UNEP/DELC, Nairobi, Kenya

Corresponding Author

Email: f.m.underwood@reading.ac.uk

Competing Interests

JJB is the data analyst for the MIKE programme. RWB was a resource specialist for MIKE since its inception and then a co-opted member of the MIKE Technical Advisory Group from 2003 to 2009. RWB and FMU were contracted by MIKE to carry out the analysis of the data presented in this publication for a report to the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Doha (Qatar) 2010. This does not alter the author's adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JJB RWB FMU. Analyzed the data: RWB FMU JJB. Wrote the paper: RWB FMU JJB. Collated the data: JJB.