Academic Issues and the Chapman Lab
At the most general level, my research uses observational, experimental, and modelling approaches to determine how plant communities influence animals (population regulation, determinants of group size) and how animals influence their environment (herbivory, seed dispersal, community restoration). This research has often been developed to permit direct application to conservation. Much of my research has focused on primates, as they are a group of animals that often permit detailed observations of behavior and ecology. I have conducted fieldwork in Canada, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Mexico, but focus my efforts on my long-term research program in Kibale National Park, Uganda. I will soon have a have a project on the ecological impacts of climate change on the endangered primates of China.