For the next event of our "One Health" seminar series (May 4th at 5pm) we will host Dr Hoby Ambinintsoa Rasoanaivo with a talk titled "Lemurs and Madagascar: my path to conservation in my home country" (registration link to access the Zoom session available at the bottom of this page).

About us

Our group provides a forum for multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary research into relationships between humans, animals and their environments.

Areas of particular expertise include:

  • changing land use and impacts on wildlife behaviour and ecology
  • evolutionary ecology
  • people-wildlife interactions
  • primate conservation
  • conservation social science.  

Group members have extensive experience of fieldwork across Africa (West, East and South), Madagascar, Southeast Asia and the UK.

Ring-tailed lemur and wooden figures

Related courses

Research impact

Sunset on a tropical forest

Research carried out by members of the HAE group has significant impact on biodiversity conservation and conservation conflicts beyond academia.

Group members’ research informs conservation policy and practice directly through inclusion in International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Guidelines documents and policy statements, training materials and training events for wildlife agency staff.

Members of the group also make a significant contribution to conservation policy and action through their individual work with various conservation and development NGOs, consultancies and local/national/international government departments, and through their public engagement and knowledge exchange activities, locally, nationally and internationally.



Name Role Email
Dr Susan Cheyne Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology and Primate Conservation
Professor Giuseppe Donati Professor in Biological Anthropology
Professor Catherine (Kate) Hill Professor in Anthropology
Professor Helen Walkington Professor of Higher Education


Name Thesis Title Supervisors Completed
Precious Bayliss Captive Conservation: Factors influencing public perceptions and attitudes toward primate conservation, does “the tragedy of becoming common” apply to zoo settings? Professor Catherine (Kate) Hill, Dr Susan Cheyne, Dr Thomas Chambers


Dr Elena Bersacola Zooming in on human-wildlife coexistence: primate community responses in a shared agroforest landscape in Guinea-Bissau’ Professor Catherine (Kate) Hill, Professor Giuseppe Donati 2019
Claire Cardinal Lemur-human coexistence: the impact of human activities on the behaviour and demography of cathemeral lemurs in south-eastern Madagascar Professor Catherine (Kate) Hill, Professor Giuseppe Donati


Benjamin Klinkenberg Socioeconomic effects of the wild boar (Sus scrofa) introduction to the Forest of Dean Professor Catherine (Kate) Hill, Professor Jeremy MacClancy


Elena Račevska Lemurs as protectors of the forest: Lemur seed dispersal, forest regeneration and local livelihoods in the littoral forest fragments of Madagascar Professor Catherine (Kate) Hill, Professor Giuseppe Donati 2021
Sam Hyde Roberts Behavioural ecology, adaptation and conservation of the Anosy mouse lemur (Microcebus tanosi) in the littoral forests of Sainte Luce, southeastern Madagascar Professor Giuseppe Donati, Professor Vincent Nijman


Miranda Strubel Shared Landscapes: exploring the relationships between people and red kites in the UK Professor Catherine (Kate) Hill, Professor Jeremy MacClancy


Seminar series

Our seminar series theme for this semester is One Health

We inaugurated the series with the talk "Conservation of Gorillas Through a One Health Approach" by Dr. Gladys Kalema-ZikusokaShe provided an overview of the activities led by Conservation Through Public Health to support gorillas’ conservation during the pandemic. CTPH promotes biodiversity conservation by enabling people to coexist with wildlife through improving animal health, community health and livelihoods.

Image Credits:

  • Banner: 'Teresia and Tim' (credits: Harrington Photography)
  • About-us section: A ring tailed lemur (Lemur catta) sunbathing on a reproduction of a traditional funeral pole sculpture at Berenty Private Reserve, Southern Madagascar (credits: Dr Giuseppe Donati)
  • Impact section: 'This is our playground' (credits: Dr Elena Racevska)