CONSERVATION and BEHAVIOUR

(CAB LAB)

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Alumni

Millie Hawkins

MSc in Biological Sciences by Research Royal Holloway 2019

I started my MSc in September 2018. I used playback experiments to investigate the response of pygmy marmosets to anthropogenic noise at an ecotourism site in the Peruvian Amazon, and also investigated whether informing tourists of the effects of noise changed their behavioural intentions.

Alice Samuel

MSc in Biological Sciences by Research Royal Holloway 2018

I started my MSc in September 2017. My project investigated how captive ring-tailed lemurs interacted with humans in walk-through enclosures at four different zoos. 

Rebecca Sheehan

MSc Biological Sciences by Research Royal Holloway 2017

My MSc project investigated the behavioural responses of pygmy marmosets to anthropogenic noise through the use of a playback experiment playing recordings of human speech at different volumes and lengths. My research showed that pygmy marmosets spent less time feeding and resting after playbacks of human speech. As the volume of the playbacks increased, individuals were more likely to move out of sight. These results were published in the American Journal of Primatology. I hope the results can inform ecotourism operators on the level of noise that is “acceptable” from tourist groups when viewing wild primates.   

I started my MSc in September 2018. I’m investigated the vocalisations and other behavioural responses of saki monkeys when they encounter humans at an ecotourism site in the Peruvian Amazon.

Erin Mason

MSc in Biological Sciences by Research Royal Holloway 2019

I started my MSc in September 2017, after completing my undergraduate degree in Zoology at Royal Holloway. For my MSc project, I studied the impact of humans on the behaviour of large-headed capuchin monkeys in the Peruvian Amazon. In September 2019, I will be starting my PhD with the London NERC doctoral training program.  

Chloë Metcalfe

MSc in Biological Sciences by Research Royal Holloway 2018