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photo from Jessica JunkerJessica Junker

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

phone: +49 341 3550 805
fax: +49 341 3550 299
e-mail: jessica_junker[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign <<<]



Research Interests

My PhD-research focuses on global, regional and site-specific great ape population dynamics and the factors influencing these.

As part of my PhD field research, I coordinated a nationwide chimpanzee and mammal survey across Liberia from August 2010 to May 2012. The data I collected during the survey allowed for the accurate estimation of chimpanzee distribution and abundance, as well as spatial patterns of mammal species diversity and human threats. The data may serve as a platform for conservation authorities to inform future management decisions.

In combination with socio-economic data available for Liberia, I also investigated underlying assumptions of the ‘Integrated Conservation and Development Project’-approach. The concept, which typically aims at promoting conservation through alleviating poverty, has received much attention and international funding in recent years, however, rigorous evaluations of the proposed connection between poverty reduction and improved environmental health are rare.

Future plans for the large-scale extraction of timber and mineral resources and current widespread and high hunting rates present major threats to Liberia’s wildlife populations. I am currently working on a systematic conservation planning approach to evaluate existing- and identify future protected areas in Liberia to ensure the long-term survival of the country’s rich natural resource remains.

My research is funded by the Max Planck Society and the Arcus Foundation.

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The nationwide chimpanzee and mammal survey was conducted in collaboration with the Forestry Development Authority in Liberia.

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