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

Principal researcher: Filipa Borges

Research group: Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography


Keywords

Sierra Leone | Biodiversity conservation | Shared landscapes | Ethnoprimatology

Funding Institution

Primate Conservation, Inc

State

Open

Start date

01-01-2022

End date

31-12-2022

Reference

PCI# 1737


Abstract

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 sciences and genomics to examine the adaptive responses of three sympatric taxa of primates – chimpanzees, baboons and red colobus – to environmental change 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.