Phd Position in Primate Health at McGill University

I will be taking on a student next year and will provide a full funding package. Also if we are successful with a team grant we will be taking on an Anthropologist familiar with network analysis.

At the present time we are running a research program based in Kibale National Park, Uganda in tropical ecology and conservation. The program focuses on primate ecology and forest restoration (Colin Chapman) and involves conducting research on the role of wetlands in the maintenance of fish faunal structure and diversity (Lauren Chapman). We are trying to build this program, thus encourage, but do not limit, students to work in Uganda. My current research efforts are attempting to understand what factors determine primate abundance.

In the past we had focussed on nutrition, and now we are added to that knowledge base and examining the role of disease. We are in the process of setting up a "Primate Health Lab" here at McGill University that can examine a variety of diseases, particularly gastrointestinal parasites, and quantify stress through fecal cortisol. We are currently attempting to examine the synergistic interactions of disease and nutrition with the use of an endocrinological tool that allows the identification of stressed conditions. This has obvious conservation implications and we are trying to not only understand primate population dynamics in undisturbed forests, but also in forests that have been logged to different intensities and in forest fragments.
If you are interested in joining my lab I would encourage you to read some of my recent papers (see “Publications”). Then think of what aspects of my research program interest you most. I give my students a great deal of intellectual freedom in selecting research topics, so feel free to think creatively (see what my previous students have worked on at the “Grad Student Page”).

Once you have some ideas, contact me and we can start a correspondence. We limit the number of students that we accept so we can help our students financially (since we work in Africa, which tends to be expensive, we try to help out) and give them a great deal of time. But feel free to get in touch with me via email and consider visiting our lab here at McGill

I wish you the best of luck.