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Oxford Brookes University
Primate Conservation
(Established 2000)
Educational Program
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Director: Dr K.A.I. Nekaris
Phone: 44 (0)1865 483750   Fax: 44 (0)1856 484291   E-Mail:
Gipsy Lane, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX3 0BP UNITED KINGDOM
Department: School of Social Sciences and Law
Institution: Oxford Brookes University

Mission: Human-induced environmental change is propelling many animals towards extinction. Those animals most closely-related to humans, the primates (monkeys, apes, prosimians) often serve as flagships for effective conservation action. The MSc in Primate Conservation is a unique one-year taught postgraduate course that provides an international and multidisciplinary forum to help understand current issues relating to primate conservation and to promote effective action. It is the only course of its kind to focus on conservation issues, using primates as the vehicle for classroom and field-based learning. The course aims to provide a high quality postgraduate qualification relevant to the careers of anthropologists, conservation biologists and educators who have a particular interest in primates and their habitats, and practical solutions to their continuing survival. An important theme running throughout the course is its emphasis on anthropological perspectives. It draws on the expertise of zoologists and social and biological anthropologists to provide insights into the social, political and economic dimensions of conservation, leading to a better understanding of what can be achieved and how to instigate change. In this way it is hoped to provide a stimulating and practical foundation for a wide range of conservation-related careers, beyond those which focus on primate biology and forest ecology. You will be able to develop a broad overview and understanding of the main areas of research and dissemination of information on the conservation of primates and their habitats. The emphasis throughout is on work that has a practical outcome that helps to reverse the trends towards extinction. You will be encouraged to build on your own strengths and interests through practical assignments. In addition there are opportunities to develop a wide range of research methods during practical classes linked to each course unit as well as by instruction from specialists in relevant disciplines (eg fieldwork, education, zoo-based and museum studies). The course is built around eight major themes: * Primate Diversity and Biogeography (eg speciation, ecology, behaviour, biodiversity) * Socio-political Aspects of Conservation (eg hunting, pest control, eco-tourism, economic pressures on forests, design and management of reserves and parks) * Environmental Education (eg philosophy - the relationship of awareness to action, planning and practice - media, evaluation, case studies) * Molecular and Population Genetics (eg studbooks, minimal viable populations) * Fieldwork Training and Methods (eg sampling, surveys, statistics) * Captive Management (eg enclosure design, breeding, display, rehabilitation) * Museum Studies (eg taxonomy, systematics) * Habitat Protection and the Future of Rainforests (eg threats to primates, decline of renewable resources, sustainable use, strategies for action).

Principal Research Programs: Nocturnal Primate Research Group Anthropology Centre for Conservation Environment and Development Human Wildife Conflict Habitat restoration and reforestation projects Primate reintroduction Primate census and surveys

Training Opportunities: MSc - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time; PGDip - 8 months full-time, 16 months part-time; PGCert - 4 months full-time; 8 months part-time. Part-time study is normally only available to EU students, as international (non-EU) students would be refused visa on the basis of part-time study. We are currently investigating the option of designing and delivering the course via distance learning, for a September 2007 start.

Financial Aid: We offer at least one scholarship a year to a candidate from a Habitat Country. This scholarship only covers the tuition fees - the candidate will still have to gather funds to cover other expenses (accommodation, flights, books, equipment, food, bills, etc.). We may be able to offer more Habitat Student scholarships, depending on the funds made available to us year by year.

Number of Staff: 8

Associated Field Sites: Primate Conservation Studies at: La Suerte Biological Field Station, Costa Rica Centre ValBio, Madagascar Bangamukande Estate, Sri Lanka Masmullah Proposed Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka Los Amigos des Monos, Costa Rica Analamazaotra Special Reserve, Madagascar Bogor, Indonesia Sevapur, India Eastern Arc Mountains, Tanzania Sebangau National Park, Indonesia HELP, Congo Congo Nature Conservation, Point Noire, Congo Cercopan, Nigeria Colobus Trust, Kenya Kakamaga National Park, Kenya Budongo Forest Project, Uganda Hoima District, Uganda Buton Island, Indonesia Oxford University Museum of Natural History Cotswolds Wild Animal Park London Zoo Paignton Zoo Bristol Zoo Edingburgh Zoo Colchester Zoo Monkey World Marwell Zoo Toronto Zoo Howlett's Zoo Dudley Zoo Twycross Zoo Amongst many others

Last Updated: 2006-07-28

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