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The Project members

We are a group of academics and conservationists collaborating on studies of the colobus in Zanzibar

Dr Alexander Georgiev (Director ZRCP, Bangor University)

Alex is a behavioural ecologist and biological anthropologist interested in the reproductive ecology and physiology of primates, and the way in which these are shaped by natural selection and anthropogenic changes in the environment. Since 2017, he's been working with the Zanzibar red colobus at Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park in Zanzibar.

More about his work at: https://www.alexandergeorgiev.co.uk/


Dr Tim Davenport (Wildlife Conservation Society - Tanzania Program)

Tim is the director of Species Conservation - Africa for the WCS and is a conservationist working to protect habitats and species across Tanzania including Zanzibar. He led the most complete census of the Zanzibar red colobus (Davenport et al. 2017 Oryx) which revealed the extent of the threats  this species faces on Unguja Island.

Professor Julia Jones (Bangor University)

Julia is a conservation scientist interested in conservation impact evaluation (using quasi-experimental approaches, experimental approaches and participatory impact evaluation) and the impacts of conservation interventions (including agri-environment schemes, Payments for Ecosystem Services, community forest management, protected areas and biodiversity offsets).

Professor Jon Blount (University of Exeter)

Jon is one of the world’s foremost experts on studies of oxidative stress in wild animals from an eco-evolutionary perspective. His laboratory at the University of Exeter provides state-of-the-art facilities and crucial expertise for analyses of urine samples of colobus for markers of oxidative stress.

Postgraduate researchers

Zoe Melvin (PhD student, Bangor University)

Zoe is a PhD student at Bangor University with NERC's ENVISION Doctoral Training Partnership in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society studying the effects of habitat disturbance on the physiology and behaviour of the Zanzibar red colobus. She received her undergraduate degree in Zoology from Cardiff University and has over two and half years conducting research in primate behavioural ecology and conservation in Africa.

Email: zzm18fls@bangor.ac.uk    Twitter: @Zoe_Melvin

Harry Olgun (MScRes student, Bangor University)

Harry is studying the road ecology of the colobus. As one of the main roads on the island intersects the home range of multiple social groups in and around Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park, colobus often get hit by vehicles as they cross that road. Harry's work aims to quantify the risk vehicles pose to the monkeys and identify the factors that drive group movements across the road. This research will serve to identify if any solutions might help reduce the risk to monkeys on the roads.

E-mail: bsu743@bangor.ac.uk  Twitter: @HarryOlgun

Research assistants

Ali Kassim

Ali first worked with the colobus in Zanzibar in the early 1990s and has a detailed understanding of their ecology and behaviour. He lives in one the villages near the national park so is also personally familiar with the challenges of balancing wildlife conservation with the economic needs of people in the area. He is helping us with collection of long-term data on the colobus feeding ecology and ranging.

M. E. Landry Green

Landry completed her MZool Degree at Bangor University in 2019 and joined the ZRCP as a volunteer research assistant soon after. With her expertise in spatial data analysis she is currently involved with managing our long-term colobus ranging data. In her 3rd year dissertation Landry investigated phylogenetic incongruence in snakes and for her Masters research project she tested the biogeographic role of primates in the transmission of Ebola virus in Africa. In her rare and therefore precious spare time, she devotes her life to her dog, Ronnie.

Twitter: @melesandry


Ann-Sophie Warkentin (MScRes in Biological Sciences, Bangor University, 2019)

Ann-Sophie completed her dissertation research in 2019 and her work examined the effect of tourist presence on the behaviour of Zanzibar red colobus at Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park. In her field study she followed two groups of monkeys - one visited by tourists on a daily basis, and another that was hardly ever visited. Ann-Sophie compared how the activity budgets and rates of self-directed behaviours (rough self-scratching) differs between these two groups and whether the presence and behaviour of tourists can explain these differences. She also conducted a systematic review of the literature on the effects of primate tourism on primates. Ann-Sophie is currently working on turning her dissertation into manuscripts for submission to peer-review.

Twitter: @ASWarkentin