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Department of Anthropology
Durham University
Dawson Building
South Road
Durham DH1 3LE

Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 1601
Fax: +44 (0) 191 334 1614
[email protected]

Last updated
15th January 2021


My main research interests are in the behavioural ecology of primates and other large mammals. My primary focus concerns understanding the decisions animals make about their social and reproductive strategies and combines field studies with theoretical analyses based on modelling. In particular I am interested in the ecological determinants of group size and the importance of predation risk in primate behaviour. I run the Primate & Predator Project at the Lajuma Research Centre in the Soutpansberg Mountains, South Africa, and have previously managed other projects in South Africa based at De Hoop Nature Reserve and in the Kruger National Park. My postgraduate students have conducted projects across southern Africa, and increasingly our work is examining mammalian conservation and human-wildlife conflict from an interdiscplinary perspective. I also have interests in applying evolutionary principles to explore a number of different aspects of human behaviour, particularly in understanding the role of the colour red in human competitive interactions.


1. Primate & Predator Project

2. MammalWeb

2. Seeing red: the role of colour in human competitive interactions


1. Socioecology of terrestrial primates in Kruger National Park

2. Cercopithecine models of human evolution

3. Cape mountain zebra conservation