Anthropology Alumna Working to Protect Chimpanzees

Posted on 8/9/2016 12:25:26 PM

Alicia Rich is using DNA to understand how chimpanzees and their genes move.

Alicia is using molecular ecology to study chimpanzee conservation and evolution in the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve of Uganda. She spent 12 cumulative months in the field collecting feces from chimpanzees, and is now analyzing those samples in a genetics lab at Indiana University.

The data will inform some major conservation initiatives in East Africa by testing the ways in which chimpanzees cope with the constraints of rainforest corridors. This is important, because many conservation organizations are not focusing on using corridors for conservation, rather than building new parks and reserves.

You can read more about Alicia's research on her website.

IUP Department of Anthropology