Elephant Projects

Project |01


Project |01 Male African elephants
We know much less about male elephants than females, yet males could be more at risk from being involved in human-elephant conflict such as crop raiding. Watch this space for more publications! I'll be using all the ecological, behavioural and statistical knowledge I've gleaned and my awesome professional network to try to make more theoretical evolutionary ideas work for elephant conservation.
This includes:
  • Extracting data on morphology, sexual state and more from photographs, by building on my previous work on those topics (with former post-doc in my lab Caitlin Black)
  • Mapping male elephant social networks with post-doc Derek Murphy
  • Determining genetic relatedness between males with PhD student Teresa Santos
  • Recording vocal communication between males with post-doc Kaja Wierucka
  • And more projects still to come.
Project |02


Project |02 Elephant stress

I'm working on how anthropogenic and environmental stressors can affect elephant survival, reproduction and body size. I'm collaborating with Dr. Janine Brown of the Smithsonian Institute and Chatchote Thitaram of Chiang Mai University on endocrine analysis.

See the Myanmar Timber Elephant Project page for more details. I'm indebted to Myanma Timber Enterprise for access to the data and sites.

Project |03


Project |03 Stress and welfare

Using physiological data to understand how captive elephants respond to different activities, including tourism.

Project |04


Project |04 Behaviour

We are starting exciting new work on preferences of elephants, human-elephant interactions and learning.

Just a sample of my work. To see more or discuss possible work >>


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