SAMANGO MONKEY PROJECT SUMMARY (project currently closed)
The Samango monkey (Cercopithecus mitis) is under threat in Malawi primarily due to habitat loss as a result of ongoing deforestation. Their genetics, ecology and distribution are currently unknown, limiting conservation attempts.
This is the first Samango project in Malawi. It assesses the occupancy and density of Samango monkeys using molecular and ecological methods to identify 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.
Research is conducted at various sites across the country, with locations changing depending on the status of the project.
Previous sites have included Kumbali Lake Retreat, Nyika National Park, Zomba and Nkhata Bay.
This project accepts MSc, MRes and PhD students, as well as volunteers with no specific qualifications. Work includes:
- Population census surveys (walked transects)
- Habitat assessments (vegetation plots)
- Data entry and organisation GIS mapping (using QGIS)
- Collecting genetic material including fecal and hair samples
- Learning about the surrounding plant and animal ecology
- Gaining field experience with an expert team
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