anindya_sinhaANINDYA SINHA (INDIA)
Anindya Sinha is currently a Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore and Senior Scientist at the Nature Conservation Foundation in Mysore, both in India. He studied botany in Calcutta University and earned a doctorate in molecular biology from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai in 1993. His early research concerned the social biology of wasps, population genetics of elephants and the classical genetics of human disease, which he pursued in leading Indian research institutions including the Indian Institute of Science and National Centre for Biological Sciences, both in Bangalore. His research interests over the last two decades have, however, primarily been in the areas of animal behavioural ecology, cognitive ethology, population and behavioural genetics, and conservation biology, but particularly of primates. He is also interested in the philosophy of biology, biology education and the popularisation of science, and has lectured extensively in a variety of educational and research institutions both within and outside India.


nna Nekaris received her PhD in Biological Anthropology from Washington University in St Louis and a Certificat d’Universite de Primatologie from Universite Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg. She is a Professor in Anthropology and Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University, where she is also the course tutor of an MSc in Primate Conservation, recently awarded an Anniversary Prize for Excellence in Higher Education by Queen Elizabeth II. She has worked in more than 15 countries studying mammalian biology and conservation, but her focus is in South and Southeast Asia, where she has conducted extensive research on lorises and langurs. Her areas of research interest include: effects of fragmentation on mammal population biology; estimating animal abundance; using morphology, vocalisations and genetics to unravel taxonomy of nocturnal (and other) primates; ethnoprimatology; and conservation education. She is on the editorial board of /Endangered Species Research, Folia Primatologica, Asian Primates /and /Taprobanica, /is a member of the Conservation Working Party of the Primate Society of Great Britain, of the Conservation Working Group of the International Primatological Society, and an invited member of the IUCN Primates Specialist Group – Asian section.

Caroline Harcourt obtained her BSc degree in zoology at Bristol University and then studied the behaviour and ecology of bushbabies in South Africa for her MSc from Witwatersrand University. She continued this work in Kenya for her PhD from Cambridge University. Further fieldwork on primates has been undertaken in Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Nigeria and Uganda. Subsequently, working from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, she authored IUCN’s Red Data Book on lemurs and edited two large volumes on the tropical forests of Africa and the Americas. She was a part-time lecturer for a MSc course in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University from 2000-2002. Caroline is also editorial assistant for the primate journal Folia Primatologica . She is a trustee of the Welsh Mountain Zoo, a co-opted council member of the Primate Society of Great Britain, Convenor of the Conservation Working Party of this Society and also a member of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group. She is presently based in National Centre for Zoonosis Research, at Liverpool University, where she works as research and information officer.

Jo Setchell received her PhD in Zoology from the University of Cambridge and is a lecturer in Evolutionary Anthropology at Durham University. Her research integrates behaviour, morphology and demographic studies with genetics and endocrinology to address questions relating to reproductive strategies, life history and sexual selection in primates. The majority of her work has focused on a semifree-ranging colony of mandrills at the Centre International de Recherches Médicales, Franceville (CIRMF), Gabon. She has also conducted primate fieldwork in Cameroon, Republic of Congo and Sabah, Malaysia. She is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Primatology, an Associate Editor of Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, and Information Officer for the Primate Society of Great Britain.

Ken Sayers holds a B.A. in biology from Anderson University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in biological anthropology from Kent State University. He has conducted primate field work in South America and Asia, including a long-term study of Himalayan gray langurs (Semnopithecus entellus) living above 3000 m elevation at Langtang National Park, Nepal. Dr. Sayers’ research interests span evolutionary ecology, optimal foraging theory, nutritional ecology, cognition, paleoanthropology, and primate models for human evolution. He is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the Language Research Center, Georgia State University, where he is investigating the interplay between foraging theory and cognitive mechanisms in chimpanzees.

Siân Waters has been working with primates for over 20 years. She is particularly interested in human-wildlife interactions outside protected areas. Siân is currently Director of Barbary Macaque Conservation in the Rif (BMCRif) which combines research, conservation and education and outreach components and is the first of its kind in this area of the species distribution in northern Morocco. This work is supported by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (Edinburgh Zoo). Siân is based at the Department of Anthropology at Durham University, UK and is an honorary research associate at the Department of Anthropology & Geography at Oxford Brookes University also in the UK. She is a member of the IUCN/SSC Primate and Reintroduction Specialist Groups and has been an active member of the Primate Society of Great Britain for over 20 years.

Additionally, Siân has worked on endangered birds in Mauritius, the reintroduction of swift fox to the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, USA, the rehabilitation and release of orphaned black bears in Alberta, Canada and has undertaken human-wildlife conflict surveys in Belize and Morocco. Having previously worked with primates, carnivores and elephants in various European zoos maintains her interest in captive animal welfare and management. Siân is also responsible for the European Studbook for Barbary macaques supported by Apenheul Primate Conservation Trust in the Netherlands. This combination of both in situ and ex situ work makes BMCRif unique as a conservation project.

Dr. R. Steven Wagner is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Central Washington University. His main area of research is the use of molecular tools to aid in conservation and management of threatened wildlife. Particularly, he is interested in the demographic structure and persistence of small populations. In addition, he has worked on several behavioral studies of primates including Tibetan macaques and orangutans. Areas of emphasis include primate and human interactions.

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