Jaima Hillary Smith

Jaima Hillary Smith

Details

Email: 14043209@brookes.ac.uk

Thesis title: An examination and assessment of current conservation practices for Javan gibbons (Hylobates moloch) in West Java, Indonesia

Start year: 2014

Supervisors

Research topic

Utilising field methods in both biological and anthropological research, my aim is to examine and assess the current conservation practices in place for Javan gibbons in an attempt to further our knowledge of the species both in captive programmes and in the wild. I will begin by conducting population density surveys and habitat assessments in order to gain insight into the current conservation status of Javan gibbons, thus advancing our knowledge on the species’ behaviour and ecology in the wild. The new field data will be used to create an updated Population Habitat Vitality Analysis. In addition, I will examine the role of rehabilitation and translocation of former pet Javan gibbons with the goal of determining how sustainable this conservation action will be in the long term. I will then provide an anthropological evaluation of the conservation education programs currently in place in West Java. The goal of my research is to illuminate the potential benefits of applying conservation science theory to applied primatological research methods, and provide a more holistic view of the conservation management practices in place for Javan gibbons, with the hope of developing a more cohesive and improved action plan for new conservation measures.

Keywords

Javan gibbons, conservation, population modelling, behavioural ecology, rescue and rehabilitation, and conservation education

General research interests

Nonhuman primates, wildlife conservation, behavioural ecology, conservation education, and human perceptions of the natural world

Work in progress

  • Modelling population viability of local Javan gibbon (Hylobates moloch) populations. 2015

Teaching experience

2011

  • Observing Primate Behaviour (Graduate Assistant), San Diego State University

2010

  • Principles of Biological Anthropology (Lecturer), San Diego State University
  • Principles of Biological Anthropology (Lab Leader), San Diego State University

2009

  • The Supernatural in Cross-Cultural Perspective (Graduate Assistant), San Diego State University
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Graduate Assistant), San Diego State University

2008

  • Human Bio-Cultural Origins (Teaching Assistant), San Diego State University

2007

  • Human Bio-Cultural Origins (Teaching Assistant), San Diego State University

Publications

Conference papers

  • Smith, J. (2010) Reintroducing Javan gibbons (Hylobates moloch): An assessment of behavioral preparedness. The Gibbon’s Voice. 12(1): 2-7.
  • 2002 The effects of behavioral enrichment on captive Allen’s swamp monkeys (Allenopithecus nigroviridis) and Schmidt’s spot-nosed guenons (Cercopithecus ascanius schmidti). Poster presented at the Southern California Primate Research Forum, California State University, Fullerton, California.
  • 2011 Behavioral ecology of reintroduced Javan gibbons (Hylobates moloch), Javan Gibbon Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, West Java, Indonesia. Poster presented at the American Society of Primatologists, 34th Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas.
  • 2012 Reintroducing Javan gibbons (Hylobates moloch): An assessment of behavioral preparedness, Javan Gibbon Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, West Java, Indonesia. Presentation at the 1st International Gibbon Husbandry Conference, Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • 2015 Modelling population viability of local Javan gibbon (Hylobates moloch) populations. Poster presented at the European Federation for Primatology conference, Rome, Italy.

Academic and professional training

  • MA San Diego State University, Anthropology, Thesis: Reintroducing Javan gibbons (Hylobates moloch): An assessment of behavioral preparedness
  • BA University of California, San Diego, Biological Anthropology

Other experience and professional activities

I have extensive experience volunteering for gibbon rescue and rehabilitation centres in West Java, Indonesia, and at the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, California, as well as primate rescue centres and sanctuaries in both California and Oregon. I also volunteer for the Sumatran Orangutan Society working to develop the conservation education and outreach programme here in the United Kingdom, as well as abroad. I am also quite passionate about wolf recovery and conservation.