Key areas of study
The course will enable you to focus on a diverse range of areas and will provide you with the skills to build a successful career. Recent examples of topics covered include:
- ecology and behaviour: methods used in surveying and gathering biological information, methods of recording behaviour in the field
- social behaviour and cognition: the evolution of social systems, social networks, primate cognition
- conservation: habitat change, human–wildlife conflict, bushmeat
- life-history evolution: allometry, reproductive life history variables, comparative analysis of life-history and brain size evolution
- reproduction: laboratory techniques for gathering data and analysing reproductive hormone data in wild and captive primates; the evolution of mating strategies
- zoos and museums as a resource for the study of primates and the ethics of studying captive primates
- methods of analysing physical and behavioural adaptations (eg locomotion, sensory systems); phylogenetic reconstructions and interpretations of adaptations.
Staff research interests encompass a broad range of topics in primate biology, behaviour and conservation. Specific research areas include primate socioecology, communication, physiological ecology, cognition, social organisation, morphology and palaeoanthropology. Staff also have ongoing research on human–primate interactions and conflict, the theory and method of phylogenetic inference, cranial morphology and morphometrics.