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Research interests

My main research interests are in the areas of primate behaviour, conservation and welfare. I have a particular interest in primate communication; my work in this field extends from doctoral studies on behavioural deception and macaque vocalizations, to more recent research on language evolution. I collaborate frequently across disciplinary boundaries, on projects that combine approaches from biological anthropology with those from psychology, social anthropology and quantitative linguistics.

Grants awarded

Santander (£480) 2016 "Identifying universal principles of natural systems" (Principal Investigator)

Leverhulme Trust (£285,389) 2013 "Emotional awareness as a basis for social success in a non-human: the domestic horse" (Co-investigator. Principal investigator - Prof Karen McComb, Sussex University)

NC3Rs (£74,433) 2013 "Attention bias: a novel method to assess psychological wellbeing in group-housed non-human primates" (Co-investigator. Principal investigator - Dr Emily Bethell, Liverpool John Moores University)

Leakey Foundation ($10,380) 2008 "Hedonic benefits of grooming in Barbary macaques" (Principal Investigator. Co-Investigator - Dr Julia Lehmann, University of Roehampton)

Darwin Initiative Scoping Award (£2,972) 2006 "Post release monitoring of orangutans in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah" (Principal Investigator. Co-Investigator - Dr Caroline Ross, University of Roehampton)

Wenner Gren Foundation ($9,730) 2005 "Mother-offspring communication in rhesus macaques: the role of bystanders" (Principal Investigator)

Teaching

My undergraduate and masters teaching is in the areas of zoology and primatology. 

PhD Students

MArianne Mason (2019-) - "Goats' perception of humans!

Zina Morbach (2015-) - "Resilience in wild Barbary macaques"

Former PhD Students

James Higham (awarded 2006) - "The reproductive ecology of female olive baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis) at Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Nigeria"

Chris Sandbrook (awarded 2007) - "Who are the true ecotourists? Evaluating the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda."

Emily Bethell (awarded 2010) - "Cognitive bias in rhesus macaques"

Lauren Brent (awarded 2010) - "Stress, reproduction and social behaviour in non-human primates"

Nienke Alberts (awarded 2012) - "Fission-fusion sociality in olive baboons"

David Inglis (awarded 2014) - "Communication and social behaviour of olive baboons"

Charlotte Carne (awarded 2014) - "Modelling approaches to primate conservation"

Laetitia Marechal (awarded 2015) - "An interdisciplinary anthropological study of primate tourism"

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Research Output 1996 2019

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Experimental evidence that female rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) perceive variation in male facial masculinity

Rosenfield, K., Semple, S., Georgiev, A. V., Maestripieri, D., Higham, J. P. & Dubuc, C., 30 Jan 2019, In : Royal Society Open Science. 6, 1

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Linguistic laws in chimpanzee gestural communication

Heesen, R., Hobaiter, C., Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. & Semple, S., 16 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences. 286, 1896

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Intermittent pair-housing, pair relationship qualities, and HPA activity in adult female rhesus macaques

Hannibal, D., Cassidy, L., Vandeleest, J., Semple, S., Barnard, A., Chun, K., Winkler, S. & McCowan, B., 2 May 2018, In : AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY. 80, 5

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Observing grooming promotes affiliation in Barbary macaques

Berthier, J. & Semple, S., 21 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences.

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A protocol for training group-housed rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) to cooperate with husbandry and research procedures using positive reinforcement

Kemp, C., Thatcher, H., Farningham, D., Witham, C., MacLarnon, A., Holmes, A., Semple, S. & Bethell, E., 24 Aug 2017, In : Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

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Activities 2010 2019

  • 2 Editorial activity
  • 2 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 2 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement
  • 1 Invited talk

BIOLOGY LETTERS (Journal)

Stuart Semple (Guest editor)
Feb 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityTest

Primate Lives - almost human?

Stuart Semple (Speaker)
8 Jan 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Critical Minds

Stuart Semple (Speaker)
9 Oct 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement

In Conversation with Gavin Thurston

Stuart Semple (Interviewee)
12 Oct 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Primate lives: almost human?

Stuart Semple (Speaker)
10 Oct 2018

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement

Thesis

Fission fusion dynamics of olive baboons (Papio anubis) in Gashaka Gumti National Park

Author: Alberts, N., 7 Jan 2013

Supervisor: Semple, S. (Supervisor) & Lehmann, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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Investigating primate tourism in Morocco using a multidisciplinary approach Moroccan tourist feeding an adult female Barbary macaque

Author: Maréchal, L., 12 Aug 2015

Supervisor: Semple, S. (Supervisor), MacLarnon, A. (Supervisor) & Marvin, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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Modelling Approaches to Primate Conservation

Author: Carne, C., 6 Jun 2014

Supervisor: Semple, S. (Supervisor) & Lehmann, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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