My main research interests fall under the areas conservation, phylogenetics and speciation. To study various aspects of these fields, my fieldwork has taken me to Trinidad, Senegal, Utah, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia, Uganda and Kenya.
Although I have conducted fieldwork on bats, small carnivores (including civets and cats), mouse deer, and giant squirrels, my primary research focus is on primates. I have conducted long-term studies of Indian and Sri Lankan slender lorises. Amongst others, research topics have included: behavioural ecology, life history and foraging behaviour. I have also looked at the community ecology of Sri Lanka's rainforest primates, including toque macaques and purple-faced leaf monkeys. In particular I have examined the effects of fragmentation on populations throughout Sri Lanka's sparse remaining rainforests.
I have had extensive training in Distance sampling, census techniques and home range analysis and have applied this to my primate research. Census techniques is a key area that teach on the MSc in Primate Conservation.
My current research project looks at the diversity of Asian slow lorises, both in the field and using museum specimens. This and last year, my research takes me to Java, Sumatra, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore and Vietnam, where at least five species of slow loris are found. Morphological, behavioural and vocal analyses are being used to uncover diversity within this group.
Could the Yeti really exist, or is it just a popular legend? Anthropologist and primate expert, Dr Anna Nekaris, will be explaining how you find unknown animals, looking at examples of new species of primate still being discovered today, and exploring the likelihood of the Yeti's existence. She will also bring us up-to-date with recent research into unidentified hairs reportedly taken from a Yeti-like creature in India.
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