Ian in the field, © Ian Gilby
Ian is a post-doctoral fellow in biological anthropology at Harvard University.
He received his PhD in 2004, studying hunting and meat-sharing among the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, Tanzania.
He is currently using long-term behavioral records to study the dynamics of male cooperative alliances at Kanyawara and Gombe.
This is Ian's first trip to Kibale:
'The main goal of this trip is to energize and evaluate the long-term data collection. Richard, Martin and I will introduce new data sheets, and assess the feasibility of introducing GPS technology.
'We will work closely with the field assistants as they collect data, instructing them in the use of the new data sheets, and evaluating the accuracy and reliability of their observations.
'I will be staying for a bit longer than the others so that I get to know the forest and the chimpanzees.
'Martin will monitor the continuing collection of urine for hormone analysis, and will transport samples back to his laboratory at Boston University.'
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On the web
Ian Gilby's website
More about his research and a gallery with photos from Africa.
Chimpanzee hunting video
See Ian's amazing footage of Frodo catching a monkey and then having others come and beg meat from him (National Geographic article on the Gome chimps - scroll down the page and look for the video clip link in the right hand side menu).