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 Teaching Fellow in Biological Anthropology s.cheyne@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Giuseppe Donati Reader in Primatology / Biological Anthropology gdonati@brookes.ac.uk
Professor Catherine (Kate) Hill Professor in Anthropology cmhill@brookes.ac.uk
Professor Helen Walkington Professor of Higher Education hwalkington@brookes.ac.uk


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, Dr 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, Dr 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, Dr 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 Dr 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


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)