Listen to the soundscape of Western Tanzania
PALEOS (Primate Anatomy, Locomotion, Ecology On the Savanna)
Tracy Kivell, Max Plank Institute, Department of Human Origins
The PALEOS team seeks to understand the environmental and selective pressures on savanna-dwelling primate behaviour, anatomy and locomotor ecology.
Stable Isotope Ecology
Vicky Oelze, University of California, Santa Cruz
Collaboration with the Oelze lab aims to address questions targeting not just Issa chimpanzee isotope ecology and its relationship to food biomechanics (work with Adam van Casteren, see here), but also dental markers of chimpanzee habitat and habitat utilisation...
Bryan Pijanowski, Purdue University
With Prof Pijanowski, we're working to establish and monitor the Issa soundscape, especially spatio-temporal variability in the sound environment, but also how soundscapes are influenced by human disturbance. More coming soon!
Reconstructing Paleohabitats and Mammalian Assemblages
Denise Su, Arizona State University
With Prof Su, we're using long-term ecological data from Issa (mammal distribution, composition, and abundance, rainfall, habitat, soil type, etc.) to better model fossil hominin environments, especially those with rich hominin-fossil mammal deposits (left).
Prof. Serge Wich, Liverpool John Moores University (LJM)
Prof. Steven Longmore, LJMU
In addition to the employment of motion triggered cameras and solar-powered acoustic recorders, the GMERC collaborates with Conservation Drones to assist in better understanding the Issa chimpanzee habitat. This technology has been used to successfully...
Frank Møller Aarestrup
Denmark Technical University (DTU)
We are currently looking into multiple questions answered by the microbiome with Frank Moller Aarestrup & Saria Otani at DTU.
Dr. Klara Petrzelkova
Dr. Barbora Pafčo
Inst of Vertebrate Biology/Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
One artifact of living in a marginal habitat may be increased stress, potentially reflected in behavior (e.g. ranging) or compromised immunity. We thus have ongoing studies of the microbiota of Issa chimpanzees, not only to better understand parasite type and diversity...
Chimpanzee Abundance and Habitat Connectivity
Noemie Bonnin, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)
Joana Carvalho, LJMU
Lilian Pintea, The Jane Goodall Institute
Led by Drs. Noemie Bonnin and Joana Carvalho, we have recently investigated not only habitat connectivity, but also gene flow in chimpanzees across the Greater Mahale Ecosystem.
Monitoring Critical Chimpanzee Habitat
Frankfurt Zoological Society
GMERC has been coordinating biodiversity and chimpanzee survey efforts since 2011, resulting in a geographically broader understanding of suitable chimpanzee habitat, but also using this new understanding and working together with partners to protect chimpanzees and their habitat. More survey work is planned for 2023 - stay tuned for updated results soon!
Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
This collaboration was part of the PanAfrican Programme: The Cultured Chimpanzee. Part of the initiative’s aim was to collect information on ecological and social parameters of African great ape populations on large spatial scales to complement information obtained...