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Previous research projects

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2008

Felicia Ruperti: Estimation of remaining habitat size and quality of the Critically Endangered Sahamalaza sportive lemur (Lepilemur sahamalazensis). Postgraduate student, Oxford Brookes University and Bristol Zoo Gardens.

James Thorn: Forest fragmentation and edge effects in two sympatric lemur species (Lepilemur sahamalazensis and Eulemur macaco flavifrons) on the Sahamalaza Peninsula, northwest Madagascar. Graduate student, Oxford Brookes University, Biological Sciences.

Melanie Seiler: Effects of habitat degradation on behaviour and ecology of the Sahamalaza Peninsula sportive lemur, Lepilemur sahamalazensis, and range boundaries with L. mittermeieri and L. dorsalis, in NW Madagascar. PhD student, University of Bristol, Biological Sciences.

Warren Spencer: Silky wave moth surveys in the Avon Gorge. Curator of Invertebrates, Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Thomas Edwards: Food intake, dry matter digestibility, enclosure use and activity patterns of the prehensile-tailed skink (Corucia zebrata) in captivity. BSc student, Swansea University, Zoology.

J. Shoshana Rosenberg: The effects of an increase in fibre on the 24-hr activity levels, feeding behaviour, and digestion of captive mongoose lemurs (Eulemur mongoz) and their implications for welfare. MSc student, Oxford Brookes University, Primate Conservation.

Victoria Putt: Nutritional ecology of the aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis). MSc student, University of Plymouth, Zoo Conservation Biology.

Jinte Bilstra: Utilization of food by Livingstone’s fruit bats (Pteropus livingstonii). MSc student, Writtle College, Animal Biology and Welfare.

Lorraine Belcher: Nutrition of the western lowland gorillas (Gorilla g. gorilla) at Mefou Park, Cameroon. BSc student, University of the West of England, Conservation Biology.

Anna Davies & Nicola Beale: Behavioural interactions and activity of a captive population of black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus). BSc students, University of Bristol, Animal Behaviour and Welfare.

Oliver Cross: An investigation into the effects of ambient and sudden noise on captive Lemur catta and Varecia rubra, with specific attention to the primates’ perception of transparent barriers. BSc student, University of Bristol, Archaeology & Anthropology.

Kate Moise: Effects of offspring on social interactions among adult captive lowland gorillas: the Bristol Zoo group. BSc student, University of Bristol, Animal Behaviour and Welfare.

Mary Ellen O’Hagan: Group interactions in captive gorillas (Gorilla gorilla), with emphasis on the silverback male. BSc student, University of the West of England, Hartpury College, Animal Behaviour and Welfare.

Lucy Birkett: Variation in personality in relation to prior life experience in captive gorillas (Gorilla gorilla). MSc student, University of Kent, Anthropology.

Lenka Bednarikova: Behaviour and relationships of captive western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) in a social group. BSc student, Charles University Prague, Human Ethology.

Kate Poulton: Development of an ethogram for captive giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) and okapi (Okapia johnstoni) populations. BSc student, University College London, Zoology.

Emma Barnes: The use of accelerometry to identify patterns of behaviour in lemurs. BSc student, Swansea University, Biology.

Gemma Satterly: Study into cathemerality in captive ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) at Bristol Zoo Gardens. MSc student, University of Plymouth, Zoo Conservation Biology.

Julie Kern and Martin Sullivan: Social interactions within and between black-tailed prairie dog coteries. BSc students, University of Bristol, Zoology.

Christina Gallivan & James Lunney: Bioacoustics of a group of Geoffroy’s marmosets (Callithrix geoofroyi) at Bristol Zoo Gardens. BSc students, University of Bristol, Zoology.

Charlotte Ryall: Variations in calls in captive gibbons (Hylobates agilis) at Bristol Zoo. BSc student, University of Bristol, Archaeology and Anthropology.

Danielle Wainfur: To be seen or not to be seen – Temporal and spatial choices in captive primates. BSc student, Anglia Ruskin University, Animal Behaviour.

Nicola Coombs: Bristol Zoo - See it, Sense it, Save it. Evaluating the effectiveness of the zoo’s Monkey Jungle exhibit for promoting conservation. BSc student, University of the West of England, Geographyy & Environmental Management.

Emily Dyer & Emma Tannahill: Research on interpretation boards. BSc students, University of Bristol, Biology/Zoology.

Paganne Evans: An investigation into the importance of marketing sustainability with a focus on Bristol Zoo. BSc student, Bath Spa University, Tourism Management.

Luke Dunning: Determining parentage and subspecific status in the European captive population of the blue-crowned laughing thrush (Dryonastes courtoisi courtoisi and D. c. simaoensis) through DNA fingerprinting. Postgraduate student, Cardiff University, School of Biosciences.

Kathrin A. Witzenberger: Assessing the influence of ex situ conservation in zoos via population genetic analysis using the European wild cat (Felis silvestris) and its close relatives as a model. PhD student, University of Osnabrueck, Ecology.

Julian Marchesi, Colin Hill and Roy Sleator: Functional metagenomic analysis to isolate novel osmotolerance mechanisms from novel ecosystems. Postdoctoral researcher, Cardiff University and both postdoctoral researchers, University College Cork.

Stephen Montgomery: Evolutionary and comparative genomics of primate brain genes
PhD student, University of Cambridge, Zoology.

Fabian Schmidt & Prof. Dr Martin Schlegel: Subspecies testing in West African dwarf crocodiles (Osteolaemus tetraspis). EEP Coordinator, Zoologischer Garten Leipzig and University of Leipzig.

Kellie Wyatt: Mycotoxins in wild bird food. Certificate in Wildlife Biology, University of Bristol, School of Biological Sciences.

Katharine Whiteley: Retrospective study on causes of mortality in Malagasy giant jumping rats in European zoos. BVetMed student, Royal Veterinary College, Veterinary Medicine.

Mark E. Siddall: Bacteriological characterizations of medicinal leeches. American Museum of Natural History, Division of Invertebrates.

Jennifer Ringleb: Developing IVF and embryo transfer protocols for wild cats. Postgraduate researcher, Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.

Jackie Hooley: Development of guidelines for moving Asiatic Lions. Research Officer, Twycross Zoo.

Sarah Davies: Analysis of causes of mortality in three prosimian species in captivity. Keeper, West Midlands Safari Park.

Catherine Comer: Enclosure design and its effects on the behaviour of ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata). BSc student, Sparsholt College, Animal Management.

Laura Sumner: Do levels of aggression in spiny mice differ between species?. BSc student, Anglia Ruskin University, Animal Welfare.

Kayleigh Liddell: Does a change in feeding regime increase the frequency and duration of pool use in the African penguin Sphensicus demersus? BSc student, Hartpury College, Animal Behaviour and Welfare.

Hillary Huber: Gummivorous primate enrichment survey. MA student, Texas State University, Anthropology.

Bacon, Rob. A breeding frog survey, Bristol Zoo Gardens.

2007

Bacon, Rob: Enhancing bat habitat and activity at a site in South Gloucestershire. Internship, Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Barri, Amirah: Interspecies Competition in Lemurs (Lemur catta and Varecia variegata rubra): Implications for Early Primate Evolution. MSc dissertation, University of Bristol.

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Brooke, Rebecca: A behavioural study of the group of Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) at Bristol Zoological Gardens. BSc dissertation, University of Bath.

Campbell, Jennifer: The use of duet recordings as auditory enrichment for red titi monkeys. MSc dissertation, Oxford Brookes University.

Dunn, Sarah: A behavioural study of the group of Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) at Bristol Zoological Gardens. BSc dissertation, University of Bath.

Morris, Rachael: Activity budget and space utilisation of the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) in three zoos. BSc dissertation, University of the West of England (Hartpury College).

Pitman, Rebecca: Effects of zoo visitor numbers on the activity pattern, stereotypic behaviour and faecal cortisol levels in captive Okapi (Okapia johnstoni). MSc dissertation, Plymouth University.

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Roberts, Claire: Foraging behaviour in Turkish spiny mice (Acomys cilicicus). MSc dissertation, University of Exeter.

Ruperti, Felicia: Population density and habitat preferences of the Sahamalaza sportive lemur (Lepilemur sahamalazensis). MSc dissertation, Oxford Brookes University.

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Turnbull, Stephanie: A behavioural study of the group of Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) at Bristol Zoological Gardens. BSc dissertation, University of Bath.

Waldron, Craig: Assessing the feeding regime of captive meerkats by considering gut passage rates, diet selection and their activity budget. MSc dissertation, University of Exeter.

Yaxley, Melissa: Diet selection and nutrient intakes of captive lion tamarins. MSc dissertation, Writtle College.

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2006

Baker, Rachel: Penguin genealogy. BSc dissertation, University of Bristol.

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Dartnall, James: Individual food intake and digestibility in captive Mongoose lemurs (Eulemur mongoz). BSc dissertation, University of Bristol.

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Desmond, James: Investigation into using optics to determine levels of damage in seabird feathers. BSc dissertation, University of Bristol.

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Dobie, Laurence: Penguin genealogy. BSc dissertation, University of Bristol.

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Llewellyn, Chris: Motion tracking of pygmy hippopotamuses (Hexaprotodon liberiensis) at Bristol Zoo. BSc dissertation, University of Bristol.

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Marples, Adam: Egg volumetrics. BSc dissertation, University of Bristol.

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Metcalf, James: Motion tracking of pygmy hippopotamuses (Hexaprotodon liberiensis) at Bristol Zoo. BSc dissertation, University of Bristol.

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Saunders, Katherine: Patterns of circadian activity and enclosure use in captive pygmy hippos (Hexaprotodon liberiensis). Internship, Bristol Zoo Gardens.

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Styles, Isobel: Egg volumetrics. BSc dissertation, University of Bristol.

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Wenzel, Miriam: Assessment of habitat suitability for the greater bamboo lemur (Prolemur simus) in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. Staatsexamensarbeit, Universitaet zu Koeln.

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Willis, Emily: Individual food intake and digestibility in captive Mongoose lemurs (Eulemur mongoz). BSc dissertation, University of Bristol.

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