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.
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 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 Stress and welfare
Using physiological data to understand how captive elephants respond to different activities, including tourism.
Project |04 Behaviour
We are starting exciting new work on preferences of elephants, human-elephant interactions and learning.