Looking back on more than 42 years of studying primates and conservation, Dr. Colin Chapman have seen great changes: Some changes are positive and promising, but also some that are totally devastating. Dr. Chapman has worked in Kibale National Park, Uganda for the last 34 years, trying to understand what determines the size of primate populations and what drives changes.
In his upcoming talk, titled "A Few Fun Things I have Learned Studying Primates", Dr. Chapman will reflect on the changes he has seen and what he has learned about doing scientific research and leading conservation efforts.
About the speaker: Colin Chapman’s research focuses on how the environment influences primate abundance and social organization and, given their plight, he has applied his research to conservation. He received his joint Ph.D. in Anthropology and Zoology at the University of Alberta, served as a faculty member in Biology at the University of Florida for 11 years, moved to McGill University where he held a Canada Research Chair, spent 3 years at George Washington University and most recently moved to Vancouver Island University to devote more time to his conservation efforts.
For the last 34+ years, Dr. Chapman has conducted research in Kibale National Park, Uganda. During this time, he has not just been an academic, but has devoted great effort to help the rural communities, establishing schools, clinics, a mobile clinic, and ecotourism projects. His work on the union of health and conservation led to a Humanitarian Award from the Velan Foundation.
He is a Killam Research Fellow, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a fellow at Humboldt Foundation, a Wilson Fellow, holds an Office of an Academician at Northwest University in Xi’an, China, and is a Conservation Fellow with the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Livestream on CICASP YouTube Channel
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Time: 10:00 Japan Standard Time (GMT+9)
In this lecture series, we explore various origin stories as told by famed members of our primatology comunity. Most lectures are live-streamed and archived on our CICASP YouTube Channel.
Unlike most academic lectures, which are usually focused on testing scientific hypotheses, this series is designed to offer a feel for how one becomes a professional in the field of primatology. In a way, we might think of it as a career primer for young primatologists just starting their own journeys into the nether regions of Academia. At the same time, anyone might enjoy the stories told of big dreams, exotic locations and species, and the humanity inherent in forging a new path in life and in work.