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Colin A. Chapman

Professor, Canada Research Chair, Royal Society Member, McGill University

Dr. Colin Chapman received his joint Ph.D. in the Departments of Anthropology and Zoology at the University of Alberta. He spent 2 years at McGill and 3 years at Harvard University doing post-doctoral research. Since 1990 he has served as an Honourary lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Makerere University Uganda; and, since 1995, he has been a Conservation Fellow with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Colin also served as a faculty member in Zoology at the University of Florida for 11 years, and returned to McGill in 2004 to take up a professorship in the Department of Anthropology and McGill School of Environment, where he holds a Canada Research Chair Tier 1 position in Primate Ecology and Conservation, is a Killam Research Fellow, Velan Foundation Awardee for Humanitarian Service, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was also a member of the Committee for Research and Exploration at the National Geographic Society for 9 years. He was awarded a Humboldt prize in 2018 and in the Fall of 2019 will take up a position in George Washington University


  • –present
    Professor, Canada Research Chair, Royal Society Member, McGill University


  • 1983 
    University of Alberta, Zoology and Anthropology


Research Professor George Washington University, Northwest University, Xi’an, China, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Makerere University, Uganda