19/11/2014

World leading primate expert joins Zoo’s conservation science department

Dr Gráinne McCabe will head up the conservation science and research team at the Bristol Zoological Society – which operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the new Wild Place Project at Cribbs Causeway.

A world-leading primate expert has just been appointed as the new head of conservation science of the Bristol Zoological Society. Dr Gráinne McCabe will head up the conservation science and research team at the Bristol Zoological Society – which operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the new Wild Place Project at Cribbs Causeway. Gráinne will be tasked with leading the Society’s growing team of Higher Education & Research Officers and developing and implementing a proactive research strategy and programme in collaboration with the Director of Conservation.

A world-leading primate expert has just been appointed as the new head of conservation science of the Bristol Zoological Society.

Dr Gráinne McCabe will head up the conservation science and research team at the Bristol Zoological Society – which operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the new Wild Place Project at Cribbs Causeway.

Gráinne will be tasked with leading the Society’s growing team of Higher Education & Research Officers and developing and implementing a proactive research strategy and programme in collaboration with the Director of Conservation.

Other responsibilities will include managing and developing research aspects of the Society’s vital conservation projects overseas in collaboration with the Head of Conservation Programmes.

Competition for the position was steep, with applicants from all over the world.

On accepting the new role, Gráinne said: “I am delighted to be working with the Conservation Science Department at such a world-renowned organisation as the Bristol Zoological Society. I look forward to continuing and expanding the excellent tradition of conservation research that has been undertaken by the Bristol Zoological Society here in the UK and around the globe.”

Gráinne received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Texas, for her study on the reproductive ecology of the Sanje Mangabey in Tanzania. She also receivedher M.A. from the University of Calgary, Canada, in Primatology.

Gráinne has spent many years working in the field on primate conservation in Tanzania, specialising in primate behaviour and ecology. Gráinne’s research focuses on how local ecology, such as the availability of nutritious food, influences reproduction in wild monkeys in both Costa Rica and Tanzania, to gain a better understanding of the factors impacting reproductive success.

The Society’s Director of Conservation, Dr Christoph Schwitzer, says: “It is great to have Gráinne work with us here at the Bristol Zoological Society, and I could not think of anyone better skilled to lead the conservation science department and our growing Higher Education provision. I am proud of our very own team of conservation scientists, and Gráinne is an excellent addition.”

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