My research has a broad base in conservation biology, focusing on human impacts on mammal populations and distributions in the Amazon region, and on primate ecology and behaviour. I came to the Institute via a PhD at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology on the behavioral ecology of the red uakari monkey and a postdoctoral position at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, researching self-medication in capuchin monkeys, social learning and on the public’s engagement with science. My current research projects include camera trapping in rainforest canopies, and on the ground to monitor wildlife populations in a three-dimensional environment, effects of logging and hunting on wildlife populations, and the social behaviour of the red uakari monkey and evolution of its red face. I also work on community conservation projects on the Yavari and Napo Rivers finding alternative incomes to logging and reducing the hunting of vulnerable species.
In Tambopata I am developing camera trapping methods in the canopy and looking at the vertical stratification of mammal populations. I am also running terrestrial camera trapping arrays that will give as a three dimensional picture of wildlife populations. I am also interested in the public engagement with science and the potential of tourism in the Amazon to achieve this.
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