Camille N.Z. Coudrat

MSc Primate Conservation

Camille N.Z. Coudrat

I plan to establish a field station to offer national and international researchers the opportunity to conduct studies on little-known and threatened species

Camille N.Z. Coudrat is set to finish her PhD at Oxford Brookes this summer and after four years in the UK plans to return to Laos, where she conducted her research, to start her own project in wildlife conservation.

I plan to establish a field station to offer national and international researchers the opportunity to conduct studies on little-known and threatened species. My personal research focus will be on primate species, in particular the red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus) and the white-cheeked gibbons (Nomascus siki), which are endangered species whose ecology we know little about.

I’ve been at Oxford Brookes since 2008 when I first came to the UK to study for the MSc Primate Conservation. I grew up in the French Caribbean and studied for an undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Montreal in Canada but it was after this, whilst travelling and volunteering in animal rescue centers in South America that I decided to apply for the MSc Primate Conservation.

I decided to come to Oxford Brookes as the course is unique in combining two aspects of what interest me the most: wildlife conservation and primates. The MSc is all about developing each student’s skills according to their interests and ambitions and directly applying the theory to their future careers.

The variety of modules provide a strong knowledge base for students and the final course project enables students to combine their theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience.

The course attracts an inspiring and motivating group of people, all drawn together by the same passion. Throughout the year, we meet inspiring wildlife conservationists, biologists and other researchers via weekly seminars, conferences and other events we can attend.

What I like most about Oxford is its prominent and dynamic academic atmosphere; with two universities, Oxford is constantly alive with students not only from the UK but from all around the world. The beautiful and historical university buildings in the city center give such a character to the city and put any student in the right mind set to study! Having access for example to the Bodleian library makes an enormous difference to my studies with such a large collection of books and scientific journals.

I have been able to create a large network of supportive contacts during my time at Oxford Brookes and the field experience I’ve gained has provided me with essential skills that I can now advertise to potential employers.

Oxford Brookes’ lecturers on the MSc programme are truly inspiring; sharing their own experience in various worldwide wildlife conservation projects. My supervisors have been extremely supportive and encouraging of my work which always pushed me to do better. I hope we will collaborate on research projects in the future!