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Contact

Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299

Jack Lester

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Primatology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig,
Germany

phone: +49 341 3550 262
e-mail: jack_lester@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Current Research

My Ph.D. research is focused on performing microsatellite analysis on noninvasively collected genetic samples for the Pan African Programme. Our sampling comprises all four chimpanzee subspecies, with data from over forty different research sites - the most comprehensive cross-sectional sampling of their range to date. I will analyze over 5000 samples, a process which will require novel high-throughput methods of DNA purification and amplification from low-quality fecal samples for efficient completion. The unique scope of this project allows for the evaluation of whether genetic census methods can be used across varying habitats and chimpanzee densities. Previous genetic studies have provided accurate estimates for abundance, minimum ape territory and group sizes; however, the breadth of this study enables a more homogeneous sampling distribution, which will provide a better resolution of chimpanzee demographic history and subspecies classification than previously possible. These data will also provide the basis for a chimpanzee database to be used in controlling wildlife crime and trafficking.