I am interested in the behavior of threatened species, and in how flexibility in behavior affects species' capacity for persistence in human-dominated landscapes. I combine observations from the field and existing data on species diets, conservation status, and distribution to address a variety of questions such as, "Are specialist primates less flexible and innovative than generalist primates?" and "Do primate and felid populations that exploit tropical swamp forests have better survival probabilities than populations which do not?" In Tanzania, I am involved in several initiatives including mitigation of conflict between people and elephants, and setting of national conservation priorities, for example Priority Primate Areas. I am currently developing a new project on risk, fear and cognition in samango monkeys at two montane forest sites in South Africa.

  • Primate behavior and conservation
  • Large mammal ecology
  • Flooded forests
  • Human-wildlife interactions
  • Wildlife trade
  • PhD. Biological Anthropology       University of Cambridge, 2007
  • B.A. Animal Behavior                   Bucknell University, 2001
  • Present            Junior Research Fellow, Durham University, Anthropology
  • Present            Research Associate, University of the Free State, Qwaqwa, Zoology & Entomology
  • 2012-2013        Consultant, Environmental Investigation Agency
  • 2012-2013        Consultant, Tanzania Forest Conservation Group
  • 2011 & 2012     Lecturer, Evolution & Behavior of the Sexes, Princeton University
  • 2010-2011        Postdoc, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
  • 2009                Grant Writer, Anglia Ruskin University & Animal Behavior Research Unit, Mikumi NP
  • 2008-2009        Consultant, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • 2008-2009        Consultant, Wind East Africa, Ltd.                                      

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