Colin Chapman


Joint Appointment with McGill School of Environment
PhD Zoology and Anthropology, University of Alberta, 1987.

Curriculum Vitae

My research focuses on how the environment influences primate abundance and social organization and how primates affect their environment through seed dispersal and herbivory.  Given the plight of primates, I have applied this information to conservation, which has led me to research the human dimension of conservation. Now with what I have personally witnessed with respect to the slaughter of elephant populations in Africa, I am also turning to study elephant population dynamics and their ecological roles in forest ecosystems. One of the initially unplanned, but extremely fortunate outcomes of this research has been my ability to study the drivers of long-term environmental change in Kibale National Park, Uganda, where I have worked for over 27 years.

Representative Publications
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Chapman, C.A., S. Friant, K. Godfrey, C. Liu, V.A.M. Schoof, D. Twinomugisha, J.M. Rothman, D. Sarkar, R. Sengupta, K. Valenta, and T.L. Goldberg. Submitted. Social 
behaviour and network of vervet monkeys are influenced by gastrointestinal parasites. PloS One (In Press).

Chapman, C.A., T.R. Bonnell, V.A.M. Schoof, and S. Calmé. 2015. Competing pressures on populations: howdisease may interact with food availability and stress to influence animal abundance. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 370: 20140112.

Chapman, C.A., B. van Bavel, C. Boodman, R.R. Ghai, J.F. Gogarten, J. Hartter, L.E. Mechak, P.A. Omeja, S. Poonawala, D. Tuli, and T.L. Goldberg. 2014. Providing healthcare to improve community perceptions of protected areas. Oryx doi:10.1017/S0030605313001592.

Chapman, C.A., T.R. Gillespie, and T.L. Goldberg. 2005. Primates and the ecology of their infectious diseases: how will anthropogenic change affect host-pathogen interactions? Evolutionary Anthropology 14:134-144.

Chapman, C.A., T.T. Struhsaker, and J.E. Lambert. 2005. Thirty years of research in Kibale National Park, Uganda, reveals a complex picture for conservation. International Journal of Primatology 26:539-555.

Chapman, C.A., L.J. Chapman, and T.R. Gillespie. 2002. Scale issues in the study of primate foraging: red colobus of Kibale National Park. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 117:349-363.

Chapman, C.A. and C. Peres. 2001. Primate conservation in the new millennium: the role of scientists. Evolutionary Anthropology 10:16-33.

Chapman, C.A., R. Wrangham, and L.J. Chapman. 1995. Ecological constraints on group size: an analysis of spider monkey and chimpanzee subgroups. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 36:59-70.

Edited Volumes
Marsh, L.K. and C.A. Chapman. 2013. Primates in fragments: complexity and resilience. Springer Press, New York. 

Huffman, M.A. and C.A. Chapman. 2009. Primate parasite ecology: the dynamics and study of host-parasite relationships. Cambridge studies in biological and evolutionary anthropology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Crisman, T.L., L.J. Chapman, C.A. Chapman, and L.S. Kaufman. 2003. Conservation, ecology, and management of African freshwaters. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.