MAUREEN S. MCCARTHY, PHD
Research | Conservation | Education
I study endangered chimpanzees using broad-scale, noninvasive biomonitoring approaches.
My PhD research focused on chimpanzees in unprotected forest fragments of western Uganda. I used a genetic approach to identify a population of up to several hundred individuals—a few times bigger than previously estimated—and found genetic evidence of recent dispersal despite extensive habitat fragmentation. I continue to study this population in collaboration with the Bulindi Chimpanzee and Community Project.
As a post-doctoral researcher in the Pan African Programme: The Cultured Chimpanzee (PanAf), I have continued to use non-invasive approaches to answer big questions about chimpanzee populations. The PanAf uses a cross-sectional approach to explore drivers of behavioral diversity in chimpanzees. My research relies on using camera trap videos of chimpanzees from about 40 sites to study broad patterns of demographic variation.