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Current members of the lab


Dr Alexander Georgiev

Principal Investigator

I study primate behaviour, ecology, physiology and conservation, primarily in the field. Since 2017, I've been working with the endemic and endangered Zanzibar red colobus (Piliocolobus kirkii).  At the heart of my lab at Bangor are the PhD, MScRes and undergraduate masters students (MBiol/MZool 4-year degree) that I supervise. Most projects we take on focus on primates and take place in the field and/or laboratory and may also involve desk-based analyses of published and unpublished datasets. Occasionally, I also co-supervise students, whose projects are outside of the field of primatology but are nonetheless within my broader area of interest.

E-mail: | Twitter: @alexvgeorgiev / @BangorPrimates / @ZanzRedColobus

Postgraduate researchers


PhD student (2021 - )

Co-supervisors: Prof John Healey; Dr Tim Davenport (Wildlife Conservation Society); Dr Eleanor Warren-Thomas, Dr Graeme Shannon


Harry completing his MScRes in Biological Sciences on the road ecology of the Zanzibar red colobus at Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park and is working on his PhD project, funded through NERC's Envision Doctoral Training Partnership. For his PhD project, he will study the predictors of the distribution and resilience of the Zanzibar red colobus across their entire range, as well as their landscape behavioural ecology in marginal and anthropogenically modified habitats. He holds a BSc in Zoology with Conservation from Bangor University and has previously also carried out research on mouse emurs in fragmented forests.

E-mail:  Twitter: @HarryOlgun

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MScRes student (2019 - )

Shauna's dissertation research focuses on testing the immunocompetence handicap hypothesis in male rhesus macaque using a dataset collected with the free-ranging monkeys of Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico. Shauna holds a BSc in Zoology with Animal Behaviour from Bangor University.

E-mail: Twitter: @ShaunaZoeB


PhD student (2018 - )

Co-supervisors: Prof. Julia Jones; Prof. Jon Blount (Exeter); Dr Tim Davenport (Wildlife Conservation Society)


Zoe is a PhD student at Bangor University with NERC's Envision Doctoral Training Partnership in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society studying the effects of habitat disturbance on the physiology and behaviour of the Zanzibar red colobus.  She received her undergraduate degree in Zoology from Cardiff University and has over two and half years experience conducting research in primate behavioural ecology and conservation in Africa.

Email:    Twitter: @Zoe_Melvin


MScRes student (2020 - )

Lead supervisor: Dr Graeme Shannon;  External collaborator: Dr Colin Chapman (George Washington University)

David's study aims to tease apart the ecological predictors of elephant habitat use and presence in Kibale National Park, Uganda. He is using a dataset, collected by Dr Colin Chapman, on forest structure and composition and elephant presence spanning several decades and eight different sites within Kibale. David will examine how abundance of elephant food species and overall forest structure relate to observations of elephant presence across the national park. Using remote sensing, he will also examine the effect the herbaceous layer of the forest (which in many areas of Kibale is dominated by the sub-woody shrub Acanthus pubescens) has on elephant presence and distribution across the eight study sites. David holds a BSc in Zoology from Bangor University.


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MScRes student (2020 - )

Lead supervisor: Dr Katherine Jones


Benjamin is studying how UK zoological collections have managed their social media communications throughout the different lockdown phases in 2020. In particular, he is investigating whether zoos changed the proportion of Facebook posts relating to the themes of Conservation, Education, Entertainment & Research. He also plans to explore whether public engagement with zoos over Facebook has been affected by the different periods of lockdown. Benjamin holds a BSc in Zoology with Conservation from Bangor University.

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Some of my former students have remained active in the lab even after graduation and are still involved with work on various analyses and manuscripts. 

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Patrick Allsop

MBiol, Bangor University (2020)

Patrick's MBiol dissertation research examined the relationship between male mating effort and oxidative stress in rhesus macaques using a dataset collected with the free-ranging monkeys of Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico. He remains affiliated with the lab as a research associate since graduating and is currently working on submitting his masters research for publication.


Landry Green

MZool, Bangor University (2019)

Landry completed her MZool dissertation at Bangor University in 2019. She took a spatial modelling approach to examine if the distribution of African primates can be used to predict Ebola outbreaks. Since then she has been leading the analysis of spatial data at the Zanzibar Red Colobus Project. In October 2021 she started studying for a PhD at University of Glasgow on the urban ecophysiology of bats.

Twitter: @melesandry

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Ann-Sophie Warkentin

MScRes in Biological Sciences, Bangor University (2019)

Ann-Sophie completed her masters research in 2019 on the effects of tourist presence and behaviour on the Zanzibar red colobus. She has remained involved with the lab since graduation and is currently preparing her masters work for publication. She also holds a BSc in Zoology with Animal Behaviour from Bangor University.

Twitter: @ASWarkentin

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