Projects

Chimpanzee Behavioural Ecology

Questions about the behavioral ecology of open-habitat chimpanzees center on two (potentially related) topics: the social consequences of low population density, and the use of chimpanzee adaptation to arid, open (mosaic) habitats as a model for understanding early hominin adaptation to similar paleoenvironments... 

Environmental and Biodiversity Monitoring

Open habitat chimpanzee study sites are characterised by their extreme seasonality and open, dry, and hot environment (see here). Consequently, we have been actively monitoring the physical environment of the man study area since 2008, with temperature, rain, wind, and humidity loggers deployed across the study area... 

Bioacoustics

Acoustic monitoring of especially threatened landscapes has become a key tool for conservationists. While passive acoustic monitoring – the deployment of acoustic sensors that remotely record all sounds – can be used to understand chimpanzee behaviour (as we showed here), it can also be used to assess... 

Yellow Baboon Habitat Use, Ranging & Diet

Since 2011 we have conducted monthly follows of a single troop of yellow baboons in the study area, focusing on space use, diet, and activity budget.  Moreover, by simultaneously monitoring chimpanzee and baboon ranging and diet in the study area, we have begun to investigate feeding competition intensity between these two... 

Red-Tailed Monkey Behavioural Ecology 

Since 2011 we have conducted monthly follows of a single troop of yellow baboons in the study area, focusing on space use, diet, and activity budget.  Moreover, by simultaneously monitoring chimpanzee and baboon ranging and diet in the study area, we have begun to investigate feeding competition intensity between these two...