Our alumni

Isabelle Rogerson

Isabelle Rogerson

I am a budding conservationist with a focus in human-primate conflict. I started with a BA in English with Philosophy at the University of Exeter, before moving onto an MSc in Cognitive Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Dr Susana Carvalho. My dissertation, for which I was awarded the Dr Nicola Knight Prize for Quantitative Methods, focused on the origins of cooperation, investigating the effects of predation pressure, resource distribution and habitat fragmentation on prosociality in extant primates. In 2017, I participated in a National Geographic ScienceTelling Bootcamp, in Gorongosa National Park, where I researched human-baboon interactions (see blog post). My interdisciplinary background allows me to take an innovative approach to human-wildlife conflict, analysing human perspectives just as much as animal ecology. I have conducted research in various national parks in Africa, from Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique,to Comoé National Park, Ivory Coast.


Mary Sadid

I graduated in 2018 (BA Human Sciences), after spending two enriching summers with the Paleo-Primate team. For my thesis work I looked at diet using isotopic compositions of enamel sampled from taxa in the Gorongosa modern bone reference
collection (manuscript in prep.).


Zoe Melvin

I was a John Fell Fund Research Assistant for the Paleo-Primate Project Gorongosa between 2017-2018. I have spent several months in Gorongosa National Park where I participated in the ongoing habituation efforts of two baboon troops (woodland and floodplain). Prior to this I graduated in Zoology and spent two years studying wild African primate behaviour in South Africa and Nigeria. I have a strong interest in wildlife conservation and primate behaviour, evolution and genetics - I am currently pursuing a DPhil at Bangor University, UK.


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