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 30 years, as well as observing Zanzibar red colobus, chimpanzees, gorillas, muriqui, capuchins and macaques at a variety of field sites.

Joined Stirling from Cambridge in 2005 to be part of Psychology's Behaviour and Evolution Research Group.

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:
Life history and longevity in elephants (with C. Moss & V. Fishlock, Amboseli Elephant Research Project, Kenya)
Collaborative 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:
Director of Science, Amboseli Trust for Elephants, Kenya (
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.

Employment History:

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