SAMANGO MONKEY PROJECT SUMMARY
The Samango monkey is under threat in Malawi primarily due to habitat loss. Their genetics, ecology and distribution are currently unknown, limiting conservation management. This is the first Samango project in Malawi, and it assesses the occupancy and density of Samango monkeys (Cercopithecus spp.) using molecular and ecological methods to assess the genetic impacts of habitat fragmentation and degradation on the species. Results will be used to inform conservation management for this species group and more broadly to advance our understanding of the genetic consequences of human-induced environmental change.
This project accepts MSc, MRes and PhD students. Work includes:
- Population census surveys (walked transects)
- Habitat assessments (vegetation plots)
- Learning about the surrounding plant and animal ecology
- Gaining field experience with an expert team
- Data entry and organization GIS mapping (using QGIS)
- Collecting genetic material using sticky hair traps
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