Physical growth, cognitive and social development in mammals
Primate and mammalian behavioural ecology and reproductive strategies
Mammalian life history evolution, longevity, ageing and demography
Biodiversity conservation, human-animal interaction and sustainable development: effects of gender and human attitudes on conservation success
Current research projects:
Life history and longevity in elephants (with C. Moss & V. Fishlock, Amboseli Elephant Research Project, Kenya)
Collaborative project using non-invasive methods to assess reproductive strategies and maturation in captive baboons with Dr L. Rosetta (CNRS, Paris)
Longitudinal effects of early experiences on elephant life histories (with Lizzie Webber, RA, Stirling)
Director of Science, Amboseli Trust for Elephants, Kenya (www.elephanttrust.org).
Collaborator with Associacão Pró-Muriqui – research, education and biodiversity conservation, São Paulo State, Brazil.
Affiliations with external institutions:
President (1998 - 2002) Primate Society of Great Britain
Consulting member: Species Survival Commission (IUCN), Primate Specialist Group
Consulting member, Conservation Working Party PSGB (1995 - 2001)
Council member: Cambridge Conservation Forum (1999-2005)
Consulting Editor: Folia Primatologica, Primates
Member of Scottish Primate Research Group.