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Colin Chapman (

I received a joint Ph.D. in the Departments of Anthropology and Zoology at the University of Alberta, then spent 2 years at McGill and 3 years at Harvard University doing post-doctoral research. Since 1990, I served as an Honorary lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Makerere University, Uganda and since 1995 I have been a Conservation Fellow with the Wildlife Conservation Society.  I was a faculty member in Zoology at the University of Florida for 11 years, but returned to Canada in 2004 to take up a Canada Research Chair Tier 1 position in Primate Ecology and Conservation. Since then I became a Killam Research Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, received a Velan Foundation Award for Humanitarian Service, and a Konrad Adenauer Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation. It was my pleasure and honor to worked with the National Geographic Society for 9 years guiding their grant giving and program development. In 2018, I became a faculty member at School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal and College of Life Sciences, Northwest University, Xi’an, China. I also was honored by receiving the Office of an Academician in Northwest University, Xian, China

I have published 470+ journal articles or book chapters, have co-edited four books, and have been cited 31,000+ times (h=96). My work has been fueled by over $11 million dollars of research funding and 7$ million of training grants. I have had the pleasure to conduct research in Kibale National Park in Uganda for 30+ years, where I focused on the roles of disease, nutrition, stress, and climate change in determining primate abundance and explored how to best to conserve the world's biodiversity. One conservation approach I have found very rewarding is to promote positive conservation action by helping the local communities around Kibale by building a clinic that provides subsidized health care and education, establishing the first mobile clinic, building two field stations, and through chimpanzee and crater lake ecotourism.  I enjoy training the next generation of conservation scientists and I am currently concentrating my training efforts on post-docs and Uganda conservation scientists.

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Updated March 2019