Dr Marco Campera


Lecturer in Conservation and Biodiversity

Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Marco Campera


I am a researcher with a strong interest in ecology and conservation.

I am currently leading a project to develop a wildlife friendly coffee growing and training programme at an agroforestry site of around 1000 ha in West Java, Indonesia. My aim is to increase the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services by improving the yield of Indonesian's agroforest landscapes and creating market access opportunities for Indonesian independent coffee producers.

My first field experience was in Costa Rica studying the ecological variables affecting primate abundance. I then spent around two years in Madagascar where I undertook fieldwork for my MSc and PhD, studying several aspects of lemur ecology, including diet, activity patterns, habitat use and hunting pressure.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

Module leader: 

  • BIOL5023: Threatened Species
  • BIOL7014: Ecosystem Degradation and Management

Module co-leader:

  • Lemurs and Nocturnal Primates module

Teaching assistant: 

  • Conservation Education module
  • Primate Conservation module
  • Methods and Analysis in Biological Anthropology module


I am an experienced and flexible researcher and data modeller. I have a broad interest in behavioural ecology, including activity patterns, diet, ranging patterns, and stress levels. I recently extended my research interest in applied conservation, including conservation education and sustainable agriculture. I conducted research projects in Indonesia, Madagascar and Costa Rica.


Research grants and awards

Project "Community-based wildlife-friendly Fairtrade coffee production and importance of Javan Slow Loris and Common Palm Civet conservation in Java, Indonesia"

  • Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund: $10000 (2019)


Project "Exploring niche partitioning in strepsirrhines: Lepilemur fleuretae and Avahi meridionalis in the lowland rainforest of South-Eastern Madagascar"

  • Rufford Small Grant Foundation: £4980
  • Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund: $5000 (2014) 
  • Primate Conservation Inc: $3200
  • Primate Action Fund: $3000
  • Primate Society of Great Britain: £750



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • British Ecological Society
  • Primatological Society of Great Britain


  • Campera, M., Balestri, M., Imron, M. A., & Nekaris, K. A. I. (2019). Coffee for conservation: promotion of organic and wildlife-friendly practices among farmers at Cipaganti, Java, to protect local biodiversity. European Federation of Primatology and Primate Society of Great Britain congress, Oxford, 8-11 September. Folia Primatologica, 91, 314. 
  • Campera, M., Brown, E., Imron, M. A., & Nekaris, K. A. I. (2019). Health and human habituation influence the survival of translocated and dispersing individuals in a territorial mammal. Oral Presentation. International Congress for Conservation Biology, Kuala Lumpur, 21-25 July.
  • Campera, M., Balestri, M., Chimienti, M., Nijman, V., Donati, G. (2017). A novel approach to study activity patterns of cryptic primates: Unsupervised Learning Algorithm for data from three-axis accelerometer tags. Oral presentation. European Federation of Primatology, Strasbourg, 22-24 August. Folia Primatologica, 88, 105–106.
  • Campera, M., Balestri, M., Serra, V., Barresi, M., & Donati, G. (2014). Are so many males useful? Assessing the role of subordinate males of Eulemur collaris in increasing social thermoregulation. Oral presentation. Primate Society of Great Britain, Oxford, 6-7 April, Primate Eye, 113, 21–21.
  • Campera, M., Serra, V., Balestri, M., Barresi, M., Ravaolahy, M., & Donati, G. (2013). Effects of habitat quality and seasonality on ranging behavior of Eulemur collaris in littoral forest fragments, South-East Madagascar. Oral presentation. European Federation of Primatology, Antwerpen, 10-13 September. Folia Primatologica, 84, 255–256.
  • Campera M., Adams K., Aronson T., & Donati G. (2011). Ecological and demographic correlates to primate densities in fragments of lowland rainforest at La Suerte Biological Station, Northeastern Costa Rica. Oral presentation. Italian Primatological Association, Parco Natura Viva, 10-13 April. Folia Primatologica, 82, 250–250.

Further details

Invited Talks:

  • Campera M. 2021. Animal assemblages in relation to organic and wildlife-friendly farming in coffee home gardens. BMS Seminar Series, Oxford Brookes University.
  • Campera M. 2021. Wildlife Friendly Products from Agroforestry System. International summer course Sustainable Management at Tropical Mountain Forests in Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada.
  • Nekaris KAI, Campera M, Ardiansyah, A. 2021. Lorises. Invited talk at the Virtual Primatology Conference, Central Washington University.
  • Campera M. 2020. Coffee for conservation: promotion of organic and wildlife-friendly practices among farmers to protect biodiversity in Java, Indonesia. Invited talk at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
  • Campera M. 2019. Radio telemetry for wildlife study. Invited talk at the Wildlife Conservation Forum, Universitas Gadjah Mada.
  • Campera M. 2019. Coffee for conservation: promotion of organic and Wildlife Friendly practices among farmers at Cipaganti, Java, to protect local biodiversity. Invited talk at the Primate Models for Behavioural Evolution Lab, Oxford University.