Jessica Bryant



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Personal profile


2018-Present       Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Life Sciences, Roehampton University

2014-2018            Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Hainan gibbon Conservation Programme, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London

2013 – Present    Member, Section on Small Apes (SSA) Primate Specialist Group, IUCN Species Survival Commission

2010-2014            Ph.D. Student, Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment, University College London, and Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London

2009-2010            Research Officer, Fire Ecology Unit, NSW Department of Environment & Climate Change, Sydney, Australia

2006-2007; 2009 Research Officer, Vertebrate Ecology Unit, NSW Department of Environment & Climate Change, Sydney, Australia

2008                      Post-Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

2006-2008            Executive Officer to the Animal Ethics Committee, NSW Department of Environment & Climate Change, Sydney, Australia

2002-2005            B.Sc. (Hons.) Biological Ecology: First Class, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Research interests


I am interested in understanding the ecology and behaviour of animals to guide threatened species management, understand human-ecosystem relationships, and inform public health issues.

My key focus is on the conservation of species of extreme rarity –Critically Endangered species that persist in single, tiny, geographically-restricted populations and need urgent, evidence-based conservation action, particularly questions around improving conservation effectiveness, impact and efficiency, and evaluating the different, multidisciplinary tools and techniques that can be used to gather robust evidence to inform the conservation of such species.

My current post-doctoral fellowship focuses on investigating the role of social species in the transmission of human disease, specifically the ecology and behaviour of olive baboons to assess their role as a possible reservoir and transmission pathway in the spread of the parasitic nematode, Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis). This research is a collaboration with the Carter Center’s Guinea Worm Eradication Programme and the University of Exeter to establish whether baboons and/or dogs play a role in Guinea worm transmission in south-west Ethiopia. The aim of this project is to identify any transmission pathways and allow the development of targeted control measures.

You can read more about the project and our progress so far in the latest ‘GUINEA WORM WRAP-UP’ report published by the Carter Center and Center for Disease Control and Prevention on behalf of the World Health Organisation here



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