Academic Issues and the Chapman Lab
At the most general level, my research uses experimental and observational 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, and now have established a long-term research program in Kibale National Park, Uganda.
Currently, my personal research focuses on three themes:
- Determinants of Animal Abundance: Nutrition, Stress, and Disease
- Tropical Tree Dispersal, Regeneration, and Diversity
- Determinants of Animal Group Size and Social Organization