Prof Phyllis Lee
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University of Stirling
United Kingdom


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Californian born, first degree at Stanford University, PhD in Zoology at Cambridge.

Field work on baboons, vervet monkeys and lately elephants for the past 20+ years, as well as observing Zanzibar red colobus, chimpanzees, gorillas, muriqui, capuchins and macaques at a variety of field sites.

Joined Stirling in 2005 after many years in Biological Anthropology at Cambridge.

Research Interests:
Research interests:
Physical growth, cognitive and social development in mammals
Primate and mammalian behavioural ecology and reproductive strategies
Mammalian life history evolution, longevity, ageing and demography
Biodiversity conservation, human-animal interaction and sustainable development: effects of gender and human attitudes on conservation success

Current research projects:
Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, Amboseli Trust for Elephants: Life history and longevity in elephants (with C. Moss, Amboseli Elephant Research Project, Kenya & J. Poole, Elephant Voices)
Collaborative five year project using non-invasive methods to assess reproductive strategies and maturation in captive baboons with Dr L. Rosetta (CNRS, Paris)
Longitudinal effects of early experiences on elephant life histories (with Lizzie Webber, RA, Stirling)

Research affiliations:
Consultant on Darwin Projects; a) Human-elephant conflict mitigation in Likipia, Kenya (with Max Graham and Bill Adams, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge). b) Elephant conservation and capacity building in Mikumi National Park Tanzania – Collaborator with the Animal Behaviour Research Unit, Mikumi National Park and Anglia Polytechnic University (G. Norton & D. Hawkins)
Collaborator with Associacão Pró-Muriqui – research, education and biodiversity conservation, São Paulo State, Brazil.

Affiliations with external institutions:
  • President (1998 - 2002) Primate Society of Great Britain
  • Consulting member: Species Survival Commission (IUCN), Primate Specialist Group, consulting member,
  • Conservation Working Party PSGB (1995 - 2001)
  • Council member: Cambridge Conservation Forum (1999-2005)
  • Consulting Editor: Folia Primatologica, Primates
  • Member of Scottish Primate Research Group.
  • Co-ordinating committee for International Primatological Society 2008 XXII Congress (Edinburgh)

Employment History:

Activities :
Award: Royal Anthropological Institute WH Rivers Memorial Medal
Award: Osman Hill Memorial Medal