Dr Matthew McLennan

Research Associate

School of Law and Social Sciences

Matthew McLennan


Matt's research concerns interactions between humans and wildlife and conservation outside of Protected Areas, and how animals respond to human-driven landscape changes. He is particularly interested in coexistence between great apes and humans in Africa and great ape behavioural ecology. Since 2006 he has studied chimpanzees in unprotected forest fragments in an agricultural landscape at Bulindi, western Uganda. Matt is a member of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group.


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Education and work

  • 2016-present: Research Associate
  • 2013-2016: Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow
  • 2011-2013: Research Associate
  • 2010: PhD Anthropology - Oxford Brookes University (Thesis title: Chimpanzee Ecology and Interactions with People in Unprotected Human-Dominated Landscape at Bulindi, Western Uganda).
  • 2003: MSc Primate Conservation - Oxford Brookes University
  • 1998: BA Anthropology - University of Durham