Dressed up as a chimp for Soapbox Science!
I completed my PhD at the University of St Andrews (view profile here) where my research topic was gestural communication of wild bonobos. Bonobos are closely related to chimpanzees, separated by ~0.8 million years of divergent evolution. Their social behaviour is somewhat different from that of chimpanzees,
and I'm interested in how those behavioural
|Performing Bright Club academic standup in Ediburgh|
obo social structure, with multi-male multi-female groups, and a roughly egalitarian female hierarchy. I've spent a while with the macaques now and was struck by how much more active they are than bonobos! Always getting in each other's business! It will be neat to see whether that comes through in our behavioural data.
During my PhD, I conducted two 6-month study seasons at Wamba fieldsite in DRCongo. My second field season was funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation. I also conducted a short study at Kalinzu, Uganda, to do some comparative work with chimpanzees. I've just finished conducting fieldwork at Tangkoko, Sulawesi, Indonesia, where I spent ~10 months with the macaques.