In 2017 I launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to support my studies. I managed to raise > £18,000, which in turn, attracted a lot of media attention in the form of interviews, articles and podcasts.

Check out my crowdfunding video below. Illustrated and animated by the incredible Dave McCall, the Art Director at Think Jam and CEO of CaveDog Design, with music score composed by Jack Nunn. You can visit the original campaign website here

Associated press

August 05, 2018

FERSA University of Cambridge Blog

We all know (on the down-low) that many projects extend beyond the funding/planned period. Many of these circumstances are beyond the candidate’s control: delays in receiving equipment; faulty machinery; participants leaving the research prematurely; a series of failed experiments; unexpected results, or simply that you need more time to think and make sense of your data. So what do we do?

April 08, 2018

University of Roehampton News

Carolyn Thompson, a Roehampton postgraduate and primatologist is featured in The Guardian in an article about her career path after graduation.

March 21, 2018

Future Mag

Carolyn Thompson was told at school that she wasn't good enough to study sciences. She persevered anyway and is now studying forgotten apes around the world. 

Carolyn Thompson has travelled widely, from Borneo to Cameroon, as a primate conservation researcher – a career she carved out with the right postgrad qualification.

In this podcast conversation we talk about fieldwork mistakes that Carolyn has learned from, writing children’s books to inspire conservation, becoming a PhD student without being a natural scientist, and how she has crowd-funded her own PhD to the tune of over £17,000.

Carolyn Thompson is a fierce woman trying to protect the newly discovered Skywalker gibbon from extinction. Here is a podcast of Victoria Austin's, founder of the Fierce Women's Collective, interview with her.

January 01, 2018

Highworth Link

I wake up at 3am. It is still dark as I fumble around for my trusty head torch and compass. A quick coffee and a few spoonfuls of rice and I’m ready. It is so quiet as my fellow researcher and I head into the undisturbed forest. After walking for almost an hour, we stop and wait. As dawn slowly starts to emerge, the forest suddenly sings to life, literally! A beautiful gibbon chorus carries across the canopy. My work day has just begun.

Inspired by the great female primatologists that have gone before her, OU graduate Carolyn Thompson has always had a passion for apes. Despite being told by her careers advisor at school to pursue a different path because she "did not have a good grasp of maths and science," she persevered, and thanks to the OU was able to achieve her dream of studying forgotten apes all across the globe.

A primate named after a Star Wars character is under threat of extinction in China and a Wandsworth researcher wants to protect it.

Carolyn Thompson, a Ph.D. student at University College London, is studying the newly described and little-known Skywalker hoolock gibbon. She is working with the very team that first described the small ape in the China-Myanmar border region. Thompson hopes that her research will contribute to the gibbon’s threat assessment on the International Union of Conservation for Nature Species Red List.

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