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Integrating genomics with local knowledge to understand responses of West African primates to past and present ecological and anthropogenic changes

public.project.responsible_investigator_cria: Filipa Borges

public.project.research_group: Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography


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Ethnoprimatology | Genetics | Shared landscapes | Sierra Leone

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Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

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public.project.start_date

01-09-2020

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2020.05839.BD


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West African forests are being increasingly altered by ecological changes and human activities. Nonhuman primates, which are a key component of these landscapes, are affected by these threats to different degrees depending on their ability to adapt to changing environments. This project uses a multidisciplinary approach, integrating social science and genomics to examine the adaptive responses of four sympatric species of primates – chimpanzees, baboons, red colobus, and king colobus – to environmental change in West Africa and, more specifically, in Sierra Leone. These data will be used to model future responses of socio-ecologically distinct primates to various scenarios of environmental change and ultimately improve their long-term conservation.

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Full members

Tânia Minhós