Meet The Team
Current Researchers and Students
Researcher & Project Manager
December 2020 - present
Since December 2020 I have been the project manager at Issa, supporting ongoing and new research projects. In 2016 I obtained my Master’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Leipzig and continued my work as a research assistant for the biobanking of the long-term database of the Taï Chimpanzee Project at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. The opportunities lying in the combination of field work, good data management and new technologies intrigued me. In 2019/2020 I became a field research assistant for the Taï Chimpanzee Project in Ivory Coast focusing on behavioural data collection and data editing.
I am interested in the behavioural ecology of chimpanzees and how they respond to challenging habitats. Understanding behavioural adaptions of wildlife will play a key role in future conservation work. My goal is to continue this path in applied conservation and field management while supporting international research.
June 2021 - Present
My background is in Conservation Biology and Ecology. My research
interests are wide and varied, however I have a particular interest in
African forest systems and primate-plant interactions. My PhD focussed
on seed dispersal services of samango monkeys (Cercopithecus
albogularis schwarzi) in South Africa. My research at GMERC aims to
expand on my PhD and I hope to delve into fire ecology of Miombo
woodlands and how the fires affect animal behaviour.
PhD student, University of St. Andrews
June 2021 - Present
I’m a PhD researcher from the University of St Andrews. My main
interest is in the ways animal sociality shapes behaviour. Currently,
my research focuses on the use of gestural communication of East
African chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii). I am
particularly interested in how individual differences in socio-ecology
influence the use of gestures within and across different chimpanzee
communities in Tanzania and Uganda.