The Primate Society Council

Professor Emeritus Simon K. Bearder

Oxford Brookes University, is the PSGB President and a member of Council. Simon began fieldwork on nocturnal primates in Africa in 1968 and continues a programme of research through the Nocturnal Primate Research Group (NPRG). He joined the Society in 1977 and was a member of Council between 1979 and 1994; Convenor of the Conservation Working Party from 1987 to 1993 and Honorary Secretary of the Society 1981- 1985. He has been Secretary of the International Primatological Society, a member of the Council of the Zoological Society of London and a member of the Board of Advisors of Whipsnade and Durrell. He is a member of the IUCN Species Survivial Commission Primate Specialist Group and the Prosimian Taxon Advisory Group.  More information can be found on his research pages and at www.galagoides.sewww.wildsolutions.nl. You can contact Simon by emailing president@psgb.org.

 

Dr Andrew Smith

Anglia Ruskin University, is the PSGB General Secretary and a member of Council. Andrew’s broad research interests include primate ecology, conservation and the evolution of colour vision. More information can be found on his personal research pages. You can contact Andrew by emailing secretary@psgb.org

 

Brian R Machin

Brian is the Treasurer of the PSGB and is a member of Council. Brian’s particular interests include conservation and platyrrhine evolution.  His current research is into the measurement of extant primate disparity – comparing both morphological differences with genetic variations. You can contact Brian by emailing treasurer@psgb.org.

 

Dr Nienke Alberts

University College London, is the PSGB Webmaster & Social Media Officer and a member of Council. Nienke’s research focuses on the dynamics of social groups. In particular, she uses Social Network Analysis and Agent-Based Modelling to answer questions about the influences on grouping patterns and social relationships. You can contact Nienke by emailing information@psgb.org.

 

Dr Jean Philippe Boubli

University of Salford, is a PSGB council member. He is interested in Ecology, Biogeography and Conservation of New World Primates. He is a member of the Primate Specialist Group and a contributor to the IUCN red list since 2007. You can contact Jean by emailing j.p.boubli@salford.ac.uk and find out more about his research here.

 

Dr Emily Bethell

Liverpool John Moores University, is the PSGB Scientific Meetings Officer and a member of Council. Emily’s broad research interest is social cognition and behaviour. Emily studies primates in the wild and in captivity to identify markers of psychological wellbeing and develop methods to improve welfare in captivity. More information can be found on her personal research pages. You can contact Emily by emailing E.J.Bethell@ljmu.ac.uk or meetings@psgb.org

 

Dr Mary Blanchard

University of Liverpool, is the PSGB Membership Secretary (Assistant Treasurer) and archivist. Mary researches the locomotor ecology of wild lemurs and captive primates. You can contact Mary by emailing membership@psgb.org or archives@psgb.org.

 

Dr Lewis Dean

is a member of Council. Lewis is policy manager in RCUK’s public engagement with research team. His research has focussed on social learning and the evolution of culture in a variety of primate species including chimps, capuchins, lemurs and humans. More information can be found on his website and he can be contacted by emailing lewis.g.dean@gmail.com

 

Ellie Donnelly

University of Durham, is the PSGB Student representative and a member of Council. She is an ESRC funded MA/PhD student interested in comparative human and non-human primate cognition and communication and how this can inform our understanding of the evolution of language and cumulative culture. You can contact her by emailing student@psgb.org

 

Dr Laura Fitton

University of York, Hull York Medical School, is a member of Council. She is interested in Primate Diets, Functional Morphology, Virtual Anthropology, Biomechanics and Evolutionary Anatomy. She is on the editorial board for Folia Primatologica and Programme Director for the MSc Human Anatomy and Evolution. More information can be found on her university webpage. You can contact Laura by emailing laura.fitton@hyms.ac.uk.

 

Dr Paul Honess

is the Convenor of the Captive Care Working Party and a member of Council. Paul's research aims to improve the welfare of captive animals.  You can contact Paul by emailing ccwp@psgb.org

 

Dr Juliane Kaminski

University of Portsmouth, Department of Psychology, Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology, is a member of Council. She is interested in Primate social cognition, cooperation and communication. She is on the editorial board for PLOS ONE and PeerJ. More information can be found on her university webpage. You can contact Juliane by emailing juliane.kaminski@port.ac.uk. 

 

Prof Kate Robson Brown 

Bristol University, is a member of Council. Kate’s broad research interests include primate musculo-skeletal anatomy, functional morphology, evolutionary biomechanics and the relationship between the microarchitecture of bone, pathology, and biomechanical loading in life. More information can be found on her university webpage.

 

Dr Caroline Ross

University of Roehampton, is a member of Council. She joined the Society in 1984 and was Honorary Secretary from 1993-1996. Caroline’s research focuses on socioecology and human/wildlife interactions. She is a Director of baboon research at Gashaka Gumti National Pak in Nigeria and teaches primatology on the University of Roehampton’s Anthropology and Zoology BSc programmes and on the MRes Primate Biology Behaviour and ConservationMore information can be found on her web page. You can contact Caroline by emailing c.ross@roehampton.ac.uk. 

  

Dr Bridget M. Waller

University of Portsmouth, is a PSGB council member and the Convenor of the Research Working Party. Bridget’s research focuses on human and non-human primate social communication, particularly facial expression. She uses modifications of the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) for anatomical comparisons in facial expression across species. More information can be found on her university webpage. You can contact Bridget by emailing bridget.waller@port.ac.uk

 

Other members of the PSGB team

Dr Caroline Harcourt

Convenor of the Conservation Working Party and an assistant member of Council. Caroline did her MSc and PhD on galagos in South Africa and Kenya respectively and has worked on lemurs. She authored the IUCN Red Data Book on lemurs, has edited books on primates and tropical forests and is editorial assistant for Folia Primatologica. She is a trustee of the Welsh Mountain Zoo. You can contact Caroline by emailing cwp@psgb.org

 

Dr Tracie McKinney

University of South Wales, is the Book Reviews Editor for Primate Eye.  Tracie’s work focuses on anthropogenic habitat disturbance, and ways that wild primates deal with these challenges.  More information can be found on her university webpage, and you can contact Tracie at bookreviews@psgb.org