Tuesday, July 26, 2016

MRes Applied Science - Conservation of Endangered Primates in Ghana’s Rainforests

MRes Applied Science (Wildlife Behaviour and Conservation)

Conservation of Endangered Primates in Ghana’s Rainforests

University of Chester works in partnership with West African Primate Conservation Action (WAPCA) to protect and study three critically endangered primates. WAPCA is a ground breaking conservation collaboration funded and managed by some or Europe’s leading zoological collections working on both in situ and ex situ conservation initiatives.

We are looking for two enthusiastic primate scientists to complete MRes studies as an integral part of this conservation action.

Rainforest surveys have identified populations of endangered primates the Roloway monkey (Cercopithecus diana roloway) and the white-naped mangabeys (Cercocebus atys lunulatus, as well more common colobus and guenon species.

We are looking for two students to expand the surveys to three new sites in Ghana. The studies will look for new populations of Roloway monkeys and mangabeys and investigate reported sightings of the presumed extinct Miss Waldron’’s Colobus. You will be part of a team of WAPCA scientists and Wildlife Service guards working in community lands, wildlife reserves and national parks. 

Students will develop primate surveys using census techniques, primate presence evidence, camera trapping and community conservation data collection to build longitudinal studies to monitor primate population dynamics and develop the use of the SMART software for data analysis and utilize population monitoring tools, GIS technologies and modelling techniques to investigate the population biology and dynamics of endangered primates.  

This is a rare opportunity to work at the front line of primate conservation including field work in Ghana for a period of 4 months.

 During Semester 1 (September to December) two taught modules will be delivered by our academic staff in Chester. These modules are designed to equip you with the key skills required for Masters level research.  All MRes students will study a Wildlife Research Methods module, which provides an overview of field techniques, biodiversity data analysis, population models and research project management. Your second module will then focus on Behaviour and Welfare in Wildlife Conservation.

From January until the following September, you will focus entirely on your research project, spending January to April in Ghana undertaking the field survey work and April to September analysing your results.  
A minimum of 2:1 honours degree, which normally has a significant content of Biological Science (e.g. Biology, Biological Sciences, Environmental Science, Animal Behaviour etc); or substantial relevant working experience together with evidence of recent study or writing at an appropriate level
Overseas candidates should also be competent in English and have achieved, as a minimum, IELTS-6.5

Fees for this course are £4126 plus field and/or laboratory research fees to be discussed with the supervisor which will be around £2000

For further information please contact;

To apply please fill in the application form found here:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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