My research focuses on the impact of anthropogenic activities, such as unregulated tourism and habitat loss on primate populations and behaviours. The majority of my field work has been carried out in Madagascar and Indonesia looking at population densities, population demographics and change over time, ranging behaviour, individual development, and social systems. I have studied a wide variety of primate species in these countries as a result: Ring-tailed lemurs, Coquerel's sifakas, Bornean orangutans, Southern Bornean gibbons and Red leaf monkeys.
In 2014 I fell in love with our singing, swinging cousins: the gibbons (Hylobatids). I have since directed my research efforts towards them. Hylobatidae are one of the most threatened families in the animal kingdom. The Hainan gibbon, for example, is one the world’s rarest mammals with less than 30 individuals remaining! This makes my research, investigating patterns and drivers of critically endangered gibbon decline, extremely important if we are to save these species on the brink of extinction.