CONSERVATION and BEHAVIOUR
Gola Forest, West Africa
Both Sorrel Jones and Camilla Blasi-Foglietti completed their PhDs in the Gola Forest, which is a large tropical forest in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Sorrel focused on communities around the forest to support the implementation of the GolaMA project. She used market segmentation techniques to identify different groups of hunters, and household surveys and hunter interviews to understand the Liberia bushmeat system. She also used the bean method to measure bushmeat hunting and trading, and contrasted estimates of offtake when using different monitoring methods.
Camilla focused on how monkeys in the forest react to human presence, and whether this varies with hunting pressure in a way that could affect density estimates. There's a lot of information about the site on Camilla's personal website, and if you want to see what a day in the Gola Forest is like, watch Camilla's video here. You can also read the results of Camilla's thesis here.