Meet The Team
Current Researchers and Students
Bsc student, Van Larenstein University, Department of Tropical Forestry
September 2023 - present
My name is Wiske, I am a Tropical Forestry student from the Netherlands, currently in my final year. I am very happy to be here at GMERC for my internship!
My passion for nature has always been present, and I’ve enjoyed doing fieldwork since the first time I tried it. That’s why I am glad to be spending so much time in the beautiful Issa Valley. During my time here I will focus on assessing vegetation heterogeneity, especially distibution and diversity of key feeding species for Issa's primates. I will also initiate a project inventorying Issa's riverside butterflies.
I feel honored to be part of this place and I know I will learn a lot from its amazing people. Asante!
PhD student, Max Plank Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Dept. of Human Origins (Germany)
Rhianna’s fascination with apes started whilst studying for a masters in Palaeobiology at UCL, where she studied ape dental morphology as a means to place fossil apes into ape taxonomy. She then wanted to explore the relationship between form and function further, leading her to seek work opportunities with living apes. She has since worked in chimpanzee conservation and research in Guinea and The Ivory Coast, and is now a PhD student studying chimpanzee positional behaviour and habitat use with Tracy Kivell at MPI-EVA. See a recent paper here and follow her blog here!
July 2023 - present
My name is Rebecca and I’m the Research Coordinator at GMERC. I have Zoology BSc and Biosciences MRes degrees from Swansea University, UK, and have primate-related fieldwork experience in Uganda, South Africa, and now Tanzania.
I am thoroughly enjoying studying the chimps, spotting beautiful wildlife around camp (especially the variety of bird and lizard species!) and wildlife photography. You can find my photos and snippets of camp and field life on my *Twitter* (@RebeccaMcCannn) and *Instagram* (@AWildCause) accounts. I am looking forward to the rest of my time here working within the fantastic GMERC team!