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Director of baboon research - Gashaka Gumti National Park Nigeria

My current research is primarily in the areas of primate socioecology and human-wildlife conflict. I am particularly interested in the evolution of reproductive and life history strategies in primates and in exploring these using a comparative approach. As part of this I have worked on the evolution of life histories using a comparative approach and carried out research into reproductive strategies and socioecology in a number of old world monkey species. In collaboration with colleagues in CREA, I am carrying a long-term research project into the biology and behaviour of baboons at Gashaka Gumti National Park, Nigeria. Research by several PhD students at the same site has also looked at the causes and consequences of crop-raiding by wild animals. By focusing on the ecological, behavioural and demographic correlates of crop-raiding in baboons and combining this with work that looks at human attitudes to wildlife we hope to gain insight into the complexities of human-wildlife conflict in this national park.


Animal behaviour

Behavioural ecology

Primate behaviour and ecology


Aleksander Trajce

Interrelationships between large carnivores (wolves, bears & lynx) and people in Albania



Patrick Tkaczynski (awarded 2016)
Behaviour, personality and social networks in Barbary macaques.

David Inglis (awarded 2014)

Communication and social behaviour of olive baboons

Emily Lodge (awarded 2013)
Energetics and life history of olive baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis) at Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Nigeria

Co-supervised with Prof Ann MacLarnon

Adrian Barnett (awarded 2010)
The ecology and natural history of the golden-backed uakari, Cacajao melanocephalus.
Co-supervised with Prof Ann MacLarnon

David Bennett (awarded 2009)
Human wildlife conflict: Perception of crop damage and crop protection.
Co-supervised with Dr Garry Marvin and Dr Claire Ozanne

Gillian Hood (awarded 2009)
Two decades of chronic illness: A study exploring the 'diabetic biography' of older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Co-supervised with Dr Joerg Huber, Dr Sasha Scambler (King's College, London) and Dr Koula Asimakopoulou (University of Bedfordshire)

James Higham (awarded 2006)
The reproductive ecology of female olive baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis) at Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Nigeria
Co-supervised with Prof Ann MacLarnon and Dr Stuart Semple

Ymke Warren (awarded 2003)
Olive baboons (Papio cyncocephalus anubis): behaviour, ecology and human conflict in Gashaka Gumti National Park,Nigeria
Co-supervised with Prof Ann MacLarnon

Christie Allan (awarded 2002)
Amerindian ethnoecology, Resource use and forest management in southwest Guyana.
Co-supervised with Dr Claire Ozanne, Dr Garry Marvin & Dr Peter Shaw

Mari MacLeod (awarded 2000)
The reproductive strategies of the samango monkey (Cercopithecus mitis erythrarchus)
Co-supervised with Dr Peter Shaw

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Research Output

'Insight into Africa: Wildlife Tourism as Educational Transformation'

Marvin, G., Rooks, C., Ross, C. & Skinner, J., 2019, Positive Tourism in Africa. Mkono, M. (ed.). London: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, p. 91-98 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Measuring personality in the field: An in situ comparison of personality quantification methods in wild Barbary Macaques (Macaca sylvanus)

Tkaczynski, P., Ross, C., MacLarnon, A., Majolo, B., Mouna, M. & Lehmann, J., Aug 2019, In : JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY. 133, 3, p. 313-325

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Repeatable glucocorticoid expression is associated with behavioural syndromes in males but not females in a wild primate

Tkaczynski, P., Ross, C., Lehmann, J., Mouna, M., Majolo, B. & MacLarnon, A., 4 Sep 2019, In : Royal Society Open Science. 6, 9

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Covert Carnivory? A Seed-Predating Primate, the GoldenBacked Uacari, Shows Preferences for Insect-Infested Fruits: A Seed-Predating Primate, the Golden Backed Uacari, Shows Preferences for Insect-Infested Fruits

Barnett, A. A., Ronchi-Teles, B., Silva, WS., Andrade, R., Almeida, T., Bezerra, B. M., de Lima, M. G., Spironello, WR., MacLarnon, A., Ross, C. & Shaw, P., 2017, In : Journal of Zoological Research. 1, 1, p. 16-31

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Antelope Predation by Nigerian Forest Baboons: Ecological and Behavioural Correlates

Sommer, V., Lowe, A., Jesus, G., Alberts, N., Bouquet, Y., Inglis, D. M., Petersdorf, M., van Riel, E., Thompson, J. & Ross, C., 2016, In : Folia Primatologica. 87, 2, p. 67-90

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Diet, habitat, use and conservation ecology of the golden-backed uacari, Cacajao melanocephalus ouakary, in Jaù National Park, Amazonian Brazil 

Author: Barnett, A. A., 5 Jul 2010

Supervisor: MacLarnon, A. (Supervisor) & Ross, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Energetics and life-history of olive baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis) in the Gashaka Gumti National Park

Author: Lodge, E., 26 Jun 2012

Supervisor: Ross, C. (Supervisor) & MacLarnon, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The Gentleman, the Vagabonds and the Stranger: Cultural Representations of Large Carnivores in Albania and their Implications for Conservation

Author: Trajce, A., 30 May 2017

Supervisor: Marvin, G. (Supervisor), Ross, C. (Supervisor) & Praet, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis