Meet The Team

Sarah Papworth

Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology

My research focuses on how the social and physical environment affects individual behaviour, and how this behaviour, can, in turn, alter that environment. I am particularly interested in primate behaviour, hunting in the tropics and how we make decisions about conservation. My approach to conservation science includes human decisions and behaviour as part of a complex ecosystem, thus most of my work is interdisciplinary and has a strong human focus. I combine approaches and theory from ecology, anthropology and psychology

Lucy Archer

PhD student Royal Holloway and Institute of Zoology

I started my PhD in March 2018. My research focusses on assessing the ability of different monitoring methods to gather conservation-relevant data for the endangered and elusive Philippine pangolin. The Philippine pangoline is arguably the least known of all eight pangolin species and we have little knowledge on the threats to this species, or the effectiveness of different research methods to gather baseline data to inform its conservation. I will use a range of field techniques to investigate population status, trends and drivers of decline. This PhD is funded by NERC and the Zoological Society of London.

Luke Collins

MSc in Biological Sciences by Research Royal Holloway 

I started my MSc in September 2019. I’m investigating the vocalisations of pygmy marmosets at an ecotourism site in the Peruvian Amazon.

Sorrel Jones


PhD Student Royal Holloway 

I started my PhD in September 2016. My PhD focuses on understanding how variation in human behaviour impacts hunting in Gola Forest, Liberia. l’m looking at whether conservationists can get added value by considering individuals’ behavioural traits for more effectively targeted actions. I am working with, and partially funded by RSPB Liberia.

Larissa Barker


PhD Student Royal Holloway

I started my PhD in September 2018. My research is focused on understanding the impact of human visitors on monkey behaviour, focusing on how this affects the way primates interact with their landscape through the lens of fear.

Lizzie Jones

PhD Student Royal Holloway

I started my PhD in September 2017. I’m investigating the causes and impacts of Shifting Baseline Syndrome, a phenomenon by which individuals or whole generations have incorrect perceptions of the ecological baseline. This moved point of reference can erode the usefulness of local knowledge for conservation.

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I started my PhD in April 2018. My research focusses on the critically endangered blue-crowned laughingthrush in south-east China, looking at why this range-restricted bird breeds at some sites and not others. This is being studied in terms of this species' ecology, land use and other human pressures. This PhD is partially funded by Waddesdon Aviary, Chester Zoo and Riverbanks Zoo.

Rosa Gleave

PhD student Royal Holloway

Heidi Ma

PhD student Royal Holloway

Hainan Gibbon Project Manager ZSL

I started my PhD in February 2017. I am interested in investigating the extent to which low-income communities near nature reserves in China utilize and rely on the reserve's resources, and identifying potential sustainable alternative livelihood options. My project aims to gain a robust understanding of community usage and perceptions of local biodiversity and human disturbance within and around nature reserves on Hainan Island, China, and inform conservation management decisions at a broader level. This PhD is partially funded by Arcus Foundation and the Zoological Society of London’s Hainan Gibbon Project.



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