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Publication date: Feb 25, 2013 12:13 PM

Start: Mar 02, 2013 10:00 AM

Exploring & Protecting West Africa's Biodiversity

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Presentations by a multi-national network of researchers and conservationists working in West Africa and in particular at Nigeria's Gashaka Gumti National Park - one of the region's premier wildernesses. Of special interest to students who contemplate to conduct their own fieldwork.

Saturday, 02 March 2013

Hosted by Gashaka Primate Project, Department of Anthropology, University College London

Daryll Forde Room (2nd floor), 14 Taviton Str, London WC1H 0BW



10:00 Volker Sommer (UCL) Welcome

10:15 Scott Wilson (North of England Zoological Society) Conservation in action: Outreach initiatives of Chester Zoo

10:35 Richard Barnwell (WWF emeritus, Nailsworth) A return to Gashaka Gumti. Redefining the enclave boundaries

10:55 Tasso Leventis (A.G. Leventis Foundation) Biodiversity conservation in Nigeria: Challenges and opportunities

11:15 Break

11:45 Caroline Ross, Megan Petersdorf & Emma Bailey (Roehampton University, London) Parasites, facial symmetry and sociality: What baboons can reveal

12:00 Nienke Alberts, Stuart Semple, Julia Lehmann (Roehampton University, London) Quantifying fission-fusion dynamics: a case study of wild olive baboons

12:15 Emily Lodge (Roehampton University, London) How diet and stress influence baboon reproductive hormones

12:30 Patrick Tkaczynski (Roehampton University, London) Stress and group position in baboons

12:45 Masters students from Roehampton & Durham: Planned field studies (Samara de Albuquerque Teixeira, Shai Fogelson, Piotr Fedurek, Emily Gelipter)

13:00 Lunch break


14:15 John Oates (CUNY emeritus) Primate conservation challenges: West Africa in global perspective

14:35 Jerome Lewis (Anthropology, UCL) Extreme Citizen Science: Innovating conservation in Africa

14:50 Valeria Montano (Veterinary University, Vienna) The malaria cycle in primates: A missing link

15:05 Suzanne Harvey (UCL) How to manipulate your mother. Infant vocalisations in baboons

15:20 Break

15:50 Martin Cheek (Kew Gardens) Highlights of West Africa's flora

16:10 Britta Kunz (University of Siegen) Secondary seed dispersal by dung beetles

16:25 Gonçalo Jesus & Ana Luiza Teixeira de Freitas (UCL, Goldsmiths) Ape Art: Damián Ortega exhibits in London and Berlin

16:40 Caroline Ross (Roehampton) Closing Remarks

17:00 Drinks reception, sponsored by GPP

18:00 Visit to local pub

Organizer: Prof Volker Sommer, Dept of Anthropology UCL & Director of Gashaka Primate Project


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