Senior Lecturer in Primate Conservation, University of Kent

My main research interests include wildlife-human resource competition with a special focus on characterizing patterns of co-existence and conflict among great apes and developing and evaluating mitigation schemes, and great ape rehabilitation and reintroduction. I am also interested in the links between primate conservation, society and development, especially large-scale extractive industrial activities.

I also nourish a keen research interest in the study of learning and culture in non-human animals, with a special focus on primates, the respective roles of the social and physical environment on learning in young, inter- and intra-community behavioural differences in chimpanzees, behavioural ecology and cognition.

I have been conducting fieldwork on wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) in West Africa since 1995, and worked on captive cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) from 2003-2005.

Since 2007, I have been acting as scientific advisor and research coordinator to the Chimpanzee Conservation Center, the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Guinea, located in the High Niger National Park, and am an affiliate member of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA).

I am a member of the executive committee of the IUCN (The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) Section on Great Ape Conservation (SGA) of the Primate Specialist Group and the scientific commission of GRASP (The Great Apes Survival Partnership, UNEP).

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Primate Conservation, University of Kent