I have a strong interest in understanding wild chimpanzees behavior through direct observation and fieldwork data collection. My PhD research focuses on chimpanzee response to seasonality in regards to their behavioural activity such as ranging patterns, dietary biomechanics and foraging process in two communities: savannah-dwelling chimpanzees at Issa Valley, Tanzania and the forest-dwelling chimpanzees at Djouroutou, Ivory Coast. I aim to assess how environmental conditions may have influenced hominin evolution through the study of our closest living relatives and the relationship between ecological factors and specific behaviors. I believe that the interpretation of how chimpanzees “adapt” themselves in particular environments, linked with the archeological record, can help us to discern the potential conditions in which our fossil ancestors lived.
Main Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Tracy L. Kivell, Dr. Lydia Luncz, Dr. Alexander K. Piel, Dr. Fiona Stewart