Dr. Luke V. Rostant

Lecturer in Ecology                          

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Luke Rostant
Contact Information:

Department of Life Sciences
The University of The West Indies (UWI)
St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

New Wing, Natural Sciences Building, Room 217
Tel: (868) 662-2002 Ext. 83739

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  • PhD Interdisciplinary Ecology, GIS and Remote Sensing Concentration; The efficacy of community-based monitoring in Namibia, the Event Book System, The University of Florida, U.S.A., 2011
  • MPhil Zoology; Growth, maturity and activity patterns of the Manicou Crab, Eudaniela garmani (Rathbun, 1798), The University of the West Indies, Trinidad, 2005
  • BSc joint Zoology and Botany, first class honours, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad, 2000


Teaching of courses in the Diploma/MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Caribbean:

  • BIOL6205 Principles and Practice of Geoinformatics (Primary lecturer, 13 modules)
  • BIOL6206 Management and Analysis of Environmental Data (Primary lecturer, 12 modules)
  • BIOL6201 Threats to Tropical Biodiversity (Guest Lecturer, 1 module1)
  • BIOL6213 Advanced GIS (Primary lecturer, 9 modules)
  • BIOL6210 Terrestrial Field Practicum (Primary lecturer, 2 weeks in the field)
  • BIOL6211 Research Project (Primary lecturer, year-round ≈ 28 weeks)

MSc projects supervised or co-supervised:

  • 1. Abdul, Raqib. 2015. Investigating the Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) in the Aripo Savannas, Trinidad.
  • 2. Albert, Deanna. 2015. Participatory GIS for nesting, feeding and roosting habitat sites of the Scarlet Ibis Eudocimus ruber in Caroni Swamp, Trinidad.
  • 3. Alexander, Danya. 2014. Density of the Silky Anteater (Cyclopes didactylus) within the Caroni Swamp, Trinidad.
  • 4. Baboolal, Laura. 2014. Habitat use by the Crab Eating Racoon, Proycon cancrivorus in the Caroni Swamp.
  • 5. Basant, Richmond. 2014. Stand metrics of Avicennia spp. in the Caroni Swamp.
  • 6. Bhukal, Rakesh. 2016. Niche separation of scorpions in low land evergreen forests.
  • 7. Bisheshar, Vishaal. 2016. Assessing the sustainability dimensions of sustainable rural electrification: The case for Abenaston and Jaw-Jaw in rural Suriname.
  • 8. Bolatolu, Waisea. 2014. Investigating and evaluating the population dynamics of Hairy Crab Ucides cordatus (LINNAEUS, 1763) in the Caroni Swamp, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • 9. Boodoo, Rachel. 2014. Migratory passerine bird habitat selection in the Caroni Swamp.
  • 10. Boodram, Reisha. 2014. Public participation GIS for traditional uses of the Caroni Swamp: a study based in Felicity, Trinidad.
  • 11. Budhai, Rachel. Submitted. Longitudinal changes in water macroinvertebrate community composition in two rivers in Trinidad.
  • 12. Campbell, Rachel. 2014. Bat diversity in the Caroni Swamp.
  • 13. Daniel, Adeka. 2016. Assessment of poaching and ecotourism disturbance threats on the island of Little Tobago.
  • 14. David, Hema. 2014. Spatial distribution, relative abundance and habitat use of shorebirds in the Caroni Swamp, Caroni Rice Fields and Orange Valley, Trinidad.
  • 15. George, Kathy-Ann. 2015. Attitude and perception of residents and visitors towards ecotourism in Matura National Park.
  • 16. Harripersad, Kirby. 2014. Leaf litter deposition rates of three mangrove tree species in the Caroni Swamp, Trinidad W.I.
  • 17. Hosein, Aliya. 2015. Fruiting Moriche Palms (Mauritia flexuosa) and the abundance of Red-bellied Macaws (Orthopsittaca manilata) and Orange-winged Parrots (Amazona amazonica) at the Aripo Savannas, Trinidad.
  • 18. Lewis, Danielle. 2014. Habitat use by the Crab-eating Raccoon (Proycon cancrivorus) in the Caroni Swamp, Trinidad.
  • 19. Mahabir, Keshan. 2016. An assessment of the oilbird population at the Dunston's cave in Trinidad.
  • 20. Omacharran, Poorandayal. 2016. Comparison of the decomposition rate of mangrove litter in Guyana and other Neotropical regions.
  • 21. Paltoo, Shahada. 2016. Altitudinal variation in butterfly community assemblage in the Arima Valley.
  • 22. Pende, Letisha. Submitted. Longitudinal changes of macroinvertebrate community composition along the Arima River, Trinidad.
  • 23. Persad Christian. 2015. Mapping the habitats of three commercial fish species in the Gulf of Paria, Trinidad with implications for sustainable management.
  • 24. Ragnauth, Padmini. 2016. An assessment of the effectiveness of community forestry arrangements in Guyana.
  • 25. Rampaul, Marianna. 2016. An assessment of the marine resources of Macqueripe Bay, Trinidad, W.I.
  • 26. Sookhoo, Keimraj. 2015. Understanding the population dynamics and socio-economic importance of the Blue Land Crab, Cardisoma guanhumi, in the Caroni Swamp, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • 27. Sorillo, Richard. To resubmit. Terrestrial mammal communities and activity patterns of the Arima Valley.
  • 28. Tahu, Mary. 2014. Decomposition of mangrove leaves in the Blue River, Caroni Swamp, Trinidad
  • 29. Young, William. 2016. Comparative homing range in two sympatric social wasp species: Polistes lanio and Polistes versicolor.

Research Interests:

  • Animal Conservation
  • Mammalian Biology and Ecology
  • Wildlife Management

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Revised: 23 March 2017