Brookes Society Lecture: Voices in the night: The discovery of an unknown species in Africa

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Main Lecture Theatre, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


 Professor Simon Bearder will discuss his years of research on nocturnal primates, and the discovery of previously unknown species in the African Forests. Based on his travel and work in Africa he will discuss his findings and how these primates were identified by recognising their different calls.

Simon Bearder is a Professor of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University whose main research interests are the identification and conservation of nocturnal primates. As a former Secretary of the Primate Society of Great Britain, and long standing Convenor of its Conservation Working Party, he has been involved with promoting public awareness of the plight of primates (including humans) and of tropical forests.  His work has taken him to 21 Countries including Zimbabwe, Kenya, S.E.Brazil, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Gabon and Madagascar, where the devastating effects of human activities are readily apparent.  The results of this work have been circulated through numerous scientific publications, articles in wildlife magazines, radio broadcasts and three television documentaries. Simon is a member of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group and the Taxon Advisory Group for prosimians.